Fall camping is one of the best ways to enjoy a little more time outdoors before winter begins to set in. While fall camping may not be ideal for swimming or some of your other favorite summer camping activities, it does have its advantages over the other seasons as well. The main advantage is obviously the beautiful fall foliage that adorns our nation’s forests every single year. A quiet overlook casting a view towards tree-covered slopes flashing the brilliant colors of autumn can offer a chance for reflection and solitude that is all too rare in our busy everyday lives. So grab your (down-filled) sleeping bag and your warmest pajamas and plan a trip to one of these best fall camping locations!
Pawtuckaway State Park: The Northeastern reaches of the country offer some of the most iconic fall foliage destinations in the world, and Pawtuckaway State Park in New Hampshire is no different. You really can’t go wrong with any location in the Northeast when choosing your best fall camping location, though. The rolling hills and thick, deciduous forests complement nature’s most colorful display. This area in New Hampshire is especially great for fall campers who want to hike for their views!
Housatonic Meadows State Park: This park in Connecticut is another wonderful fall camping location. Like I said before, the entire Northeast region is great for those looking for some spectacular fall foliage. For those not wanting to hit the trails too much to see the colors, scenic Route 7 winds along the Housatonic River (which also offers great fly fishing opportunities) and visitors who choose to drive won’t be disappointed.
Rocky Mountain National Park: If you can’t make it to the Northeast for some leaf peeping, what could be better than a spot in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado? Rocky Mountain National Park is an absolutely stunning location to spend some time camping this autumn. The views of the towering Rocky Mountains and the incredible variety of wildlife and environments make this one fall camping location you won’t soon forget!
For advice on the best time to camp out for maximum fall foliage-viewing, consult our handy-dandy color map:
And if you don’t have time to visit one of these best fall camping locations this year, don’t sweat it! Just about every area with deciduous trees and cooling temperatures in the days between late September and early November will offer great fall scenery. Check out the websites of some local parks and you are sure to find some fall foliage festivals and other fun activities to share in with your friends and family while surrounded by the changing leaves. Enjoy it while you can... because winter is coming!
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