Best Places to Camp in the US in Fall

Heading out for some fall camping this year? Check out our list of great suggestions for some of the best fall camping spots in the US.

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Fall is one of the most magical seasons of the year. The weather starts getting a bit chilly, there is gorgeous, technicolor foliage everywhere, and the air is clean and crisp, all of which are tempting to camping enthusiasts. Campers get a chance to enjoy less crowded campgrounds, cooler evenings, and great campfires. Those are just a few of our favorite reasons to camp in the fall. This article will help guide you to some of the best places you can go for fall camping in the United States.

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Great Spots for Fall Camping

Some of our suggestions below will put you smack dab in the middle of some of the most gorgeous fall foliage you can imagine. Other suggestions are more tropical in climate during the fall months and would make a great escape from the chilly weather in the north. Most of the destinations below offer RV camping in the area, though a couple are more geared towards tent campers.

1. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Aspen leaves in the Rocky Mountain turn yellow in the fall, creating a beautiful and perfect contrast to the rugged, mountainous terrain in this region. There are hundreds of hiking and trekking trails crisscrossing this park. Campgrounds here have amenities such as showers and toilets. If you will go backwoods (primitive) camping, you will need to get a permit and expect no amenities.

2. Myrtle Beach, Carolina

In the heart of South Carolina, this beach promises unbound joy and there is no better time to visit here than in the fall. You will find beautiful camping resorts close to the beach and can spend the evening walking on the sandy beach as you enjoy watching the tides and taking in the clean, chilly breeze of the ocean. Want more Myrtle Beach? Check out our Myrtle Beach Camping Guide!

3. Routt National Park, Colorado

The Aspen trees in the fall bring this location to life with their dazzling yellow colors. You can take hikes and walks among these lush trees, in one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.

4. Prince Gallitzin State Park, Pennsylvania

This park has over 32 miles of beautiful hiking and walking trails. Enjoy a horseback ride among the lush vegetation and forests in this park. Other activities you can engage in here include water sports, fishing, kayaking, and boating in Glendale Lake.

5. Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

This location is great for campers who seek primitive camping. You can access the location from the coast of Key West, via ferry. Note that there will be no amenities here, so carry everything you think you might need for your camping experience. Kayaking and water sports are popular activities here.

6. Fort de Soto Park, Florida

Do you love walking on the beach, feeling the sand flowing on your toes? Surf, swim, or kayak among the tall mangrove forests in this location. In the evening, take a well-deserved hike around the park as you enjoy beautiful flora and fauna.

7. Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina

The Blue Ridge Mountains Parkway connects the Shenandoah National Park and the Great Smoky Mountains. In the fall, this stretch of highway is one of the most vibrant and jaw-droppingly beautiful passages in the world. The combination of maple trees, sassafras, and dogwoods make this drive one of the most scenic drives in the US during the fall.

Blue Ridge Parkway in Fall

8. Ozark National Forest, Arkansas

The Ozarks are one of the largest forests in the US, with over a million acres. Note that this location does see a lot of rain during the fall and some campgrounds may be closed for the season already. However, this should not deter you from heading here during the fall. The foliage is amazing and the lush vegetation that spreads across millions of acres, with a myriad of colorful flowers all over.

Where are YOUR favorite spots to camp in the fall? Drop us a comment and let us know about them! 


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