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Fall Camping, Fall Colors

There’s a special kind of magic about fall. For one, it means fall camping season has arrived. 

When the leaves change, and there’s a slight nip in the air, you can’t help but romanticize the season of apple picking, football, pumpkin spice-anything, and the leaves changing colors to pinks, reds, oranges, and purples. If you’re looking to appreciate the splendor of the outdoors, we’re fortunate to have some incredible vistas across the country. And if you plan to camp nearby, now is the time to reserve your campground and plan your trip. 

If you’re looking to capture the colors of the season and make some lifelong memories, here’s a list of 12 breathtaking spots for fall foliage as well as a list of campgrounds nearby.

1. Cape Cod, Connecticut 

Visiting Cape Cod in autumn is a great way to avoid crowds while taking in the scenic beauty of coastal New England. Whether you’re looking for premiere whale watching, an adorable farmers market, or a tour of the Cedar Swamp, the Cape makes for a lovely Fall.

Campgrounds nearby:

Gentile’s Campground Branch Brook Campground

2. Asheville, North Carolina

Nature photographer documenting the fall colors along the Linn Cove Viaduct Blue Ridge Parkway of North Carolina

Immersed in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is a charming town burgeoning into an industrious city that’s still surrounded by natural beauty. Take a trip to the Smokey Mountains or even just cruise down the Blue Ridge Parkway and take in the colors of the season.

Campgrounds nearby:

Mama Gertie’s Hideaway Campground Asheville Bear Creek RV Park Lakewood RV Resort

3. The Catskills, New York

Rip Van Winkle Campgrounds

Only a few hours removed from the Big Apple, the Catskill Mountains in the fall is a perfect excuse to sneak away from the city. While you’re there, take a hike to Kaaterskill Falls, or crank some classic tunes and tour the infamous town of Woodstock.

Campgrounds nearby:

Rip Van Winkle Campgrounds Waubeeka Family Campground

4. Smugglers’ Notch, Vermont

Apple Island Resort

Winding mountain passes, beautiful hiking trails, and the serenity of the forest make Smuggler’s Notch a must-see when the leaves change. If you’re looking for a little peace and quiet, you can’t go wrong.

Campgrounds nearby:

Apple Island Resort Lone Pine Campsites

5. Upper Peninsula, Michigan

Grand Portal Point

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula after the Summer might be one of the most colorful places in the world. Explore the Hiawatha National Forest and the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore to really take in the colors of the season.

Campgrounds nearby:

Marquette Tourist Park Kewadin Casino Park Soo Locks Campground

6. Lake Placid, New York

Image courtesy of Camping World

Famous for the 1980 Winter Olympics and the “Miracle on Ice” game, Lake Placid will have you believing in a miracle or two after you see the stunning colors of the Adirondack Mountains. While you’re there, take advantage of the hiking and autumnal reflections from Mirror Lake during your fall camping trip. 

Campgrounds nearby:

Adirondack/Meadowbrook Adirondack/Wilmington Notch

7. Brown County, Indiana

Columbus Woods-N-Water Kampground

Colloquially referred to as the “Little Smokies,” Brown County still holds its own as a charming Fall destination. From scenic roads with vibrant colors to the charming nearby town of Nashville, Indiana, it’s a weekend fall camping getaway you’ll treasure.

Campgrounds nearby:

Columbus Woods-N-Waters Kampground Ceraland Park & Campground

8. Door County, Wisconsin

fall camping

Tranquil Timbers

Jutting into Lake Michigan, Door County is a midwestern go-to in October. Venture into Peninsula State Park, or take a cruise along Highway 42 to get the best views imaginable.

Campgrounds nearby:

Tranquil Timbers HTR Door County

9. Acadia National Park, Maine, Fall Camping

New England and Fall go hand-in-hand, and Maine does its part to contribute – particularly with Acadia National Park, located on Mount Desert Island. You’ll find diverse vegetation, crystal-clear lakes, and cinematic coastlines – all while having the Atlantic Ocean as your backdrop.

Campgrounds nearby:

HTR Acadia Mt Desert Narrows Camping Resort Narrows Too Camping Resort

10. Columbia River Gorge, Oregon/Washington Fall Camping

Mt Hood Village

The Pacific Northwest certainly gives New England a run for its money when it comes to changing seasons, and the Columbia River Gorge is pretty close to paradise. With the iconic Multnomah Falls cascading amongst a backdrop of colorful evergreen trees, it’s a sight to see.

Campgrounds nearby:

Sandy Riverfront RV Resort Mt Hood Village Resort Lewis & Clark Campground & RV Park

11. Aspen, Colorado

Fall leaves and fall camping in Aspen Colorado

Certainly known for skiing in the winter, Aspen is also a great destination in the fall. The myriad of golden aspen trees, the Maroon Bells, and Maroon Lake all make for some incredible photo-ops.

Campgrounds nearby:

Oasis Durango RV Resort   Sky Ute Fairgrounds & RV Park Loveland RV Resort

12. Fall Camping in the Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee/North Carolina

Fall camping in the Great Smoky Mountains

Twin Creek RV Resort

Iconic in name and stunning in person, the Great Smoky Mountains boast some of the most biodiverse and beautiful forests in the world. Whether you’re looking for hikes along the Appalachian Trai or want to explore Cades Cove, there are plenty of breathtaking spots to witness the colors of the season while fall camping. 

Campgrounds nearby:

Twin Creek RV Resort Riveredge RV Park & Cabin Rentals Pine Mountain RV Park by the Creek

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