These 7 Places Boast the Best Fall Colors (and the Best Camping)

People wait all year to see that beautiful fall foliage. Plan your fall camping schedule early to see some of the most brilliant colors of the season. Here are seven of the very best places to see those gorgeous colors. 

1.Acadia National Park

Located on Mount Desert Island near Bar Harbor, Maine, Acadia has something for everyone. Choose any of the nearby campgrounds to enjoy those unmatched East Coast colors. When you are at the park, you can get a better look from the rocky beaches or summit Cadillac Mountain for a bird’s eye view.

2. Cape Cod

Of course, no fall trip up to New England way is complete without a stop in historic Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Travel the 15 towns and villages in the area and surround yourself in the classic Cape Cod homes decorated in bright yellow and stunning orange foliage. There are plenty of campgrounds in the area that allow you to connect with nature as you hike or bike the nearby trails.

3. Catskills Mountains

Head down the Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway for perfect fall viewing. Plenty of public campgrounds in this area of New York, so pitch a tent, pack your water-resistant backpack and explore one of two local mountain ranges for an even better scenic experience. They offer lakefront sites for hiking, swimming, boating and fishing, too.

There are fun RV resorts with treehouse restaurants and lush forests. You’ll even find luxury amenities like high-end cabins with mountain views.

4. Glacier National Park

If you prefer to point your car west instead of east then it doesn’t get much better than Glacier National Park near Columbia Falls, Montana. Glacier has over 700 hundred miles of trails all covered with splendid fall colors. Here you can take in the fresh air, breathtaking mountain views and local wildlife.

You can camp right in Glacier National Park, too. There are currently 13 campgrounds situated in the park. Some areas only accept RV’s, though, because the bears can be a bit frisky. There are also primitive campgrounds with no amenities or hookups.

5. Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway

If you are looking for the perfect fall foliage road trip then head to Taos, New Mexico, and the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway. The byway loops for 84 miles around the city, so it begins and ends in Taos.

The byway also circles Wheeler Peak, which is the tallest mountain in the state. From this vantage point, you can look down and enjoy rolling valleys, mesas and forests full of bright hues that celebrate the season. You’ll also encounter historic villages with authentic adobe buildings and quaint shops. There is camping all along the byway with trails to hikes and waterways to fish.

6. Amicalola Falls State Park

Maybe head south to Georgia and the state’s tallest waterfall. Amicalola Falls State Park is near Dawsonville, Georgia in the northern part of the state. Explore the eight-mile trail that winds around the falls and takes you up to Springer Mountain — the terminus of the famous Appalachian Trail. Ziplines are one of the biggest attractions here, and also one of the best ways to see the fall colors.

7. Great Smokey Mountains

The Great Smokey Mountains traverse both Tennesse and North Carolina for some of the most amazing peak views and a rainbow of colors come fall. There is too much trail to explore in one trip, so pick a spot, pitch a tent and enjoy the wonder.

Make this the year you take that trip to see the best fall foliage in the country and make sure to pick up your adventure gear from 35 Lines.