7 Spots That Will Make You a Happy Camper This Fall
With the fall season in full swing, there are a multitude of beautiful camping sites you won’t want to miss out on. Whether you want to take in the glorious fall foliage, go hiking, or simply relax, you’re certain to find a spot on this list that meets every requirement.
- Fall Creek Falls, TN: This first spot is Tennessee’s largest and most visited park with a whopping 222 campsites in 5 different areas of the park; most of which include the essentials like water, electricity, and grilling spaces. If you’re wanting to be even more “off the grid”, stay in one of their 16 primitive camping sites without water or electric hookups and includes tent camping only. There are tons of gorgeous cascades, waterfalls, and streams throughout the over 26,000 acres of the park. Fall Creek Falls State Park has something for everyone, from hiking and biking, to fishing and relaxing, and its versatility is what gives it a spot on our camping list.
- DeSoto State Park, AL: This state park is nestled in Alabama and has a plethora of fun fall activities you can take advantage of. You can go golfing, fly fishing, mountain biking, and hiking, all while enjoying the spectacular views around you. One of DeSoto’s biggest attractions is the fall foliage that surrounds the park. There’s not only an abundance of beautiful reds, oranges, and yellows in the park during the fall, but there are also many wildflower blooms and other unique plants that can be found in DeSoto.
- Blue Spring State Park, FL: The enchanting springs at Blue Spring State Park are something to behold, especially during the fall/winter months. During this time, hundreds of manatees flock to the park for the winter. To fully experience the manatees, the park has guided river boat cruises or you can even rent your own canoe or kayak and take adventure into your own hands. There are many other unique experiences the park offers such as: tubing, birding, and picnicking. You can even take advantage of the many trails throughout Blue Spring. They have hiking, biking, equestrian, paddling, and multi-use trails that provide a fun, eco-friendly mode of transportation for park visitors.
- Sleeping Bear Dunes, MI: This spot was rightfully named the “most Beautiful Place in America” on ABC’s Good Morning America. The hills, dunes, shoreline, and valleys throughout the area were formed by the movement of ice, wind, and water over time. Most of the landscape was carved out by glaciers that inhabited the land many years ago, giving us the breathtaking sites we see today at Sleeping Bear Dunes.There are also many popular attractions to take advantage of in the park, like the Dune Climb, Glen Haven Maritime Museum, and biking/hiking trails that overlook the beautiful Pyramid Point. There are also many unique shops, restaurants, and galleries surrounding Sleeping Bear Dunes that are full of creative and local treasures.
- Routt National Forest, CO: Experience all the spectacular views that the Colorado mountains have to offer at this national forest. There are many activities for you to enjoy, like taking a hike and following it with a dip in the Strawberry Park Hot Springs, where the mineral water maintains a comfortable 104 degrees. There are 10 designated Wilderness Areas with approximately 1360 developed sites, so there’s plenty of room for everyone. Routt National Forest is most well known for downhill skiing and winter sports, most of which take place at the worldrenowed Steamboat Springs Ski Area. Other popular activities include: OHV riding, boating, bicycling, hunting, and fishing.
- Assateague State Park, MD: This state park is the only oceanfront park in Maryland and is made up of two miles of ocean beaches that offer an array of sites and activities. Lucky for campers, they are in the midst of completing a Campground Improvement Project for the island, which will stop erosion while providing the park with more public access. Popular activities include beachcombing, kayaking, and fishing. The marshes found within the park are also very popular, due to the overwhelming variety of wildlife that can be found within them, such as deer, waterfowl, and wild horses. The wild horses of Assateague Island are one of the most unique features the island has to offer. While the horses are beautiful and majestic to see, they are also tough and wild. There are many folklore tales about where the horses originated from, though the truth is really unknown, which gives a sense of mystery to the horses, making them a must-see sight
- Congaree National Park, SC: Congaree is home to the largest expanse of old growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the southern United States. The Congaree and Wateree Rivers keep a steady supply of nutrients and sediments running through this unique ecosystem, supporting the life of the national and state champion trees. Camping wise, Congaree only offers tent and hammock setups, however, the South Carolina State Park Service has a number of other parks in the region that can support trailers and RVs. Fun activities in the park include guided nature walks, hiking, fishing, canoeing, and kayaking. There is also a 50-mile designated paddling trail called the Congaree River Blue Trail, that extends from Columbia downstream to Congaree National Park.
While these camp sites all differ in offerings and activities, they are all designed to help get you and your family closer to the great outdoors. Our hope is that you pick one of these spots, get outside, and enjoy the fall season surrounded by family and friends. Happy Camping!