It’s that time of year again and fall means pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and hay rides.
Of course one of the most compelling reasons to camp in fall is the burst of color on the trees as the leaves change to their autumn hues. Depending on the latitude and elevation, fall foliage is usually most stunning from September through October, but can linger into November. The reds, yellows, and oranges of the fall foliage will amaze you.
With the hot muggy days of summer behind us, camping takes on a new life. Chilly mornings, perfect hiking weather, and warm comfort food all come together to make fall camping a must-do for all camping enthusiasts.
The autumn season has always been a great time for camping. Few to no mosquitoes, cooler temperatures, beautiful colors, and quieter campgrounds all make it ideal. Winter will be calling before you know it so get out there this weekend and enjoy before the snowflakes start to fall. Many campgrounds close around Thanksgiving but many also have extended seasons so you can take advantage as long as possible.
In most areas of the country beautiful colors reign supreme during the fall season, which makes it a picturesque time to go camping. Though the northeast is known for its array of seasonal hues, there are a number of places from east to west and from north to south to go for an autumn camping trip.
If you’re not convinced, here are more good reasons to keep your RV or tent out just a little bit longer.
When camping in the fall, try apple picking, pumpkin picking and carving, attend local harvest festivals like Oktoberfest, Halloween events, and fall fishing derbies.
Visit a farm market or u-pick orchard and discover the country’s harvest bounty.
Get out on a river for a paddling adventure.
Play a round of golf, where the rates, crowds, temperatures and bugs, are all lower.
Hike the backwoods trails and enjoy the quiet tranquility of the season.
Elk, moose, and deer are regulars in the mountains and migrating birds are everywhere.
Take your kids to a corn maze or haunted house.
Enjoy the fall beauty at a public garden or nature center where the autumn colors are in full display.
Take your adventures to the digital level by geocaching for treasures.
Look for roadside attraction such as the World’s Largest Cherry Pie (Traverse City, Michigan), World’s Largest Baseball Bat (Louisville, Kentucky), World’s Largest Pumpkin (Circleville, Ohio), World’s Largest Ham (Smithfield, Virginia), or World’s Largest Jackrabbit (Odessa, Texas).
Attend one of the many fall festivals and events being planned around your state—from art events to harvest celebrations and car shows to historical reenactments—there’s something for everyone.
And don’t forget the pumpkin patch.
To fully enjoy your fall camping trip, plan ahead and prepare a fall camping checklist.
Check the weather before you go: Don’t let the challenges of fall weather spoil your camping plans. Remember that warm weather can quickly turn. Depending on where you go, be prepared for the chance of snow, rain, or other severe weather.
Fall is known for temperature fluctuations, so pack layers of breathable, water-resistant clothing.
Even if the weather is predicted to be warm, pack a winter jacket, extra blankets, boots, and a snow shovel, just in case.
You don’t have to put your camping stuff away just yet.
Pack up the tent or RV, some cozy sleeping bags to keep warm, and hit the road for one of the many campgrounds across the nation.
Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons so come on out and enjoy a camping trip and take in some of that fall color.
Start your fall camping experience NOW! Create memories and go camping!
There is magic in the air as September turns into October.
There is a ripening of the season as fruit trees grow heavy with red apples; leaves turn golden to reveal a harvest of pumpkins, squash, tomatoes, and peppers in the field; and grape vines hang heavy with clusters of newly turned black and golden grapes.
Enjoy your days and love your life, because life is a journey to be savored.
Grab the keys and let’s go RVing