Top 10 Places in the US for Fall Camping

Fall is the best time to get out and explore, camp, hike, fish, and RV in your lightweight camper. Autumn camping is some of the best camping you can experience all year. Enjoy the crisp, cool weather and the fall foliage that’s bursting with color. From scenic mountain vistas to oceanside views, here’s our pick for the top 10 places to camp in the US and experience the beautiful fall foliage.

1. Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park is a stunning treasure located on the coast of Maine. Autumn is one of the best times to visit Acadia National Park. Fall foliage usually peaks between October 12th – 22nd.

2. Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park has some of the best fall foliage found in Southern Utah. Visitors enjoy the blazing colors, comfortable temperatures, and fewer tourists. Peak fall foliage colors appear at the end of October and into the first few days of November.

3. Glacier National Park, Montana

Glacier National Park in autumn is a wonderful time to visit with bright yellows and rich golds. The park is quieter than other seasons, and the wildlife is more active this time of year.  Glacier’s color show lasts through mid-October.

4. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Yellowstone is a great place to visit year-round. But it’s exceptionally lovely in the fall. It’s a fantastic time to see wildlife that’s usually harder to spot during other seasons.

5. Green Mountain National Forest, Vermont

Green Mountain National Forest is a rainbow of color painting the state a fall foliage storybook of reds, oranges, and yellows. With three-quarters of Vermont covered in forest, it a must-see. Peak season usually runs from mid-September through the first two to three weeks in October. Don’t forget to stop off at one of the many fall festivals held this time of year!

6. White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire

White Mountain National Forest fall foliage is truly spectacular. It delivers colorful fall foliage at the earlier end of the September to October range. One of the most popular attractions is the Kancamagus Highway. This highway is a scenic route, known to locals as “the Kank” that passes through the heart of the White Mountains.

7. Ozark National Forest, Arkansas

Ozark National Forest is the perfect place to see autumn colors in all its glory. Some say that the fall colors in Arkansas rival that of the New England States, especially in Northern Arkansas. Arkansas’ rich variety of trees and mild climate make the changing foliage especially striking. Many of the trees are the most brilliant in late October.

8. Big Sur National Park, California

Big Sur is home to big-leaf maples that run gold, and dogwoods cloaked in crimson red during the fall season. It’s sweeping views combined with red-tinged shrubbery, looming trees, and gentle mists make for a moody and dramatic experience. The best time to view the colors at Big Sur is mid to late October.

9. Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Shenandoah National Park is the place to take in autumn foliage. Visitors can expect a canvas of bright yellows, burning oranges, and deep reds. Peak colors in the upper elevations begin early to mid-October with lower elevations peaking at the end of October to November.

10. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

The Great Smoky Mountains is both beautiful and busy this time of year. The annual show of fall colors attracts huge numbers of sightseers, especially during the last three weeks of October. Peak times for higher elevation range from early to mid-October while mid to lower elevations hit peak their between mid-October to early November.

Have you wondered why the leaves “turn?” Learn about it here and use this interactive map to better help you plan your fall foliage tour this year.

Fall Foliage in a Teardrop

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