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Outdoor Cooking Made Easy: Campfire Recipes and Tips for Adventurous Eaters

In the serene backdrop of nature, cooking can be an adventure on its own. Embracing the great outdoors often goes hand in hand with open-fire culinary experiences. Whether you’re a seasoned camper or a novice explorer, mastering the art of outdoor cooking can elevate your camping escapades.

Campfire Cooking Tips for Beginners

Choosing the Right Tools: Essential utensils, such as cast-iron skillets, skewers, and grates, make outdoor cooking a breeze.

Preparation is Key: Prepping ingredients in advance and packing them in sealed containers or zip lock bags can simplify the cooking process.

Fire Management: Knowing how to control and maintain the campfire’s heat is crucial. Understanding various fire setups like teepee, log cabin, or pyramid can make a significant difference in your meals’ success.

Safety First: Ensure you adhere to campground rules and fire safety guidelines. Always have a fire extinguisher or water source nearby.

Simple Campfire Recipes

  1. Campfire Chili Pie

Brown ground beef, add chili seasoning, diced tomatoes, and beans.

Pour the chili into a cast-iron skillet, top it with cornbread batter, and bake it over the fire until golden.

  1. Foil Packet Meals

Create foil packets filled with your choice of seasoned protein, vegetables, and spices.

Seal the packets tightly and cook them over the fire for a delicious and mess-free dinner.

  1. S’mores Cones

Fill ice cream cones with chocolate chips, marshmallows, and any desired extras like nuts or caramel.

Wrap the cones in foil and heat them near the fire until the ingredients melt.

  1. Grilled Veggie Skewers

Thread colorful bell peppers, zucchini, onions, and cherry tomatoes onto skewers.

Brush them with a blend of olive oil, garlic, and herbs before grilling over the fire until tender.

  1. One-Pot Jambalaya

In a cast-iron pot, combine and simmer smoked sausage slices, shrimp, rice, veggies, and Cajun seasoning.

Stir occasionally until the rice is cooked and flavors blend perfectly.

  1. Dutch Oven Apple Crisp

Slice apples and toss them with cinnamon, sugar, and a squeeze of lemon juice.

Layer the apples in a Dutch oven, top with a mix of oats, flour, butter, and bake until golden brown.

  1. Campfire Pizza

Spread pizza dough on a greased cast-iron skillet, top it with sauce, cheese, and desired toppings.

Cook the pizza over the fire, covering it with a lid to melt the cheese and cook the crust.

  1. Banana Boats

Cut a slit in a banana, stuff it with chocolate chips and marshmallows, wrap it in foil, and heat until gooey.

Pro Tips for Outdoor Cooking

Sustainable Fuel: Opt for eco-friendly firewood or portable propane stoves for clean cooking.

Seasonal Ingredients: Embrace local produce and seasonal flavors for a fresh and authentic taste.

Creative Packing: Use resealable bags for marinating meat or storing prepared ingredients efficiently.

Cooking outdoors is an experience that can deepen your connection with nature and your companions. Experimenting with flavors, enjoying hearty meals under the stars, and creating culinary memories is all part of the outdoor cooking adventure.

Outdoor cooking is all about savoring simple yet delicious meals amidst the natural beauty that surrounds you. Experiment with these easy recipes and discover your favorite campfire dish that will become a staple in your outdoor adventures. For more exciting culinary ideas, visit an Outdoor Adventure Retreats location in the Southeast US and join our community of outdoor cooking enthusiasts!

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Our most popular float begins at Wilderness Cove Beach and finishes at the final takeout (Big Rock access – or as we affectionately call it, Fish Bottom).

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Our longest float starts at the top put-in (Fishtop access) and finishes at the final takeout (Big Rock access – or as we affectionally call it, Fish Bottom).

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Our tubing schedule is updated daily on our Facebook page, based on releases from the Tuxedo Hydro Station upriver. We run 6 days per week during the season. Check our schedule before heading our way to stay informed. For 1 hour floats, tubing runs from 11:30am-6:00pm, and tubers must be in the water to start their float by 3:00pm. For 3 hour floats, tubing runs from 12:30pm-6:00pm, and tubers must be in the water to start their float by 3:00pm. For 4 hour floats, tubing runs from 11:30am to 6:00pm, and tubers must be in the water to start their float by 2:00pm. Please note that these times are subject to change without notice as the flow of the Green River is out of our control. Reservations are not required, but are recommended for premium options like Catchers, Fishing Boats and Bellyaks. Weekends and holidays are busiest, so arrive early. Join us for an unforgettable tubing adventure – reserve your spot today!

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Tubing Season

Safety Requirements

Scheduled Tubing Closures

May

September

June

July

August

Daily Schedule & Reservations

Our tubing schedule is updated daily on our Facebook page, based on releases from the Tuxedo Hydro Station upriver. We run 6 days per week during the season. Check our schedule before heading our way to stay informed. For 1 hour floats, tubing runs from 11:30am-6:00pm, and tubers must be in the water to start their float by 3:00pm. For 3 hour floats, tubing runs from 12:30pm-6:00pm, and tubers must be in the water to start their float by 3:00pm. For 4 hour floats, tubing runs from 11:30am to 6:00pm, and tubers must be in the water to start their float by 2:00pm. Please note that these times are subject to change without notice as the flow of the Green River is out of our control. Reservations are not required, but are recommended for premium options like Catchers, Fishing Boats and Bellyaks. Weekends and holidays are busiest, so arrive early. Join us for an unforgettable tubing adventure – reserve your spot today!

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Our shortest float starts at the top put-in (Fishtop access) and finishes at the Wilderness Cove Beach.

4.5 MILE FLOAT (APPROX 3 HOURS): $15

Our most popular float begins at Wilderness Cove Beach and finishes at the final takeout (Big Rock access - or as we affectionately call it, Fish Bottom).

6 MILE FLOAT (APPROX 4 HOURS): $20

Our longest float starts at the top put-in (Fishtop access) and finishes at the final takeout (Big Rock access - or as we affectionately call it, Fish Bottom).

Online Waiver

Maximize your time on the water by completing your waiver ahead of time. Be sure to check-in and pay at the camp store when you arrive.

Have your own tube or kayak? No problem! Shuttle services are offered for $15 per person.