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5 State Parks That Are Worth The Trip This Fall Season

Posted by Raine Vergara on

5 State Parks That Are Worth The Trip This Fall Season

Fall. The season of beautiful red, yellow and orange hues. Cold, crisp air. Surely it’s the most picturesque time of the year – a great time to be outdoors! And a great time to visit the state parks that are on top of the list during Autumn!

Why should you go camping this season?

Many campers plan out a trip around this time and why shouldn’t they? Who wouldn’t want to wake up to a scenery of breath-taking fall foliage? Not to mention that it’s the perfect hiking weather and the perfect time for warm, comfort food.

Since school has started, a lot of people are less inclined to spend time outdoors which means that campsites and hiking trails will be less crowded. The peak season is behind us, too, and many campgrounds drop their rates  - which means you’ll pay less and be able to enjoy more!

Where should you camp out for the best view of fall foliage?

If you do plan a fall camping trip, we know that the primary reason would be the beautiful scenery, so it’s best to do so at a site where you can best enjoy the season. While pretty colors are abundantly scattered throughout the over 10,000 state parks in our country, only a few stand out to be what we think are worth the trip this season of autumn.

Allegany State Park

Salamanca, New York

Referred to as the “wilderness playground of Western New York”, Allegany is New York’s largest state park that offers camping. Boasting of 65,000 acres of lush scenery, rolling hills and meadows,  lakes, streams, caves and sandy beaches, you’ll never run out of fun things to do here all year round. However, it is considered to be one of the most spectacular places to see fall foliage.

Allegany State Park is divided into two sections, namely The Red House Area and the Quaker Run Area. The Red House Area is home to popular park attractions such as the Red House Lake, Bridal Falls, Stone Tower and the Summit Fire Tower. The Quaker Run Area houses most of the park’s campgrounds and hiking trails on top of attractions like the Bear Caves, Quaker Lake, Science Lake, Thunder Rocks and the Quaker Ampitheater.

Amenities and Actvities Offered

Boat Launches
Cabins 
Camper Recreation 
Campsites
Dumping Stations 
Food 
Gift Shop
Grills 
Group Camping
Museum/Visitors Center
Nature Trails
Pavilions 
Picnic Tables 

Powerboats
Showers 
Swimming Beach 
Tent/Trailer Sites
Biking
Camping
Fishing 
Hiking
Hunting 
Ice Fishing
Recreation Programs 
Snowmobiling 
Tennis
X-Country Skiing  

For fees and other information, visit https://parks.ny.gov/parks/default.aspx

Pawtuckaway State Park

Nottingham, New Hampshire

While the entire state of New Hampshire is reigned with pretty colors in the fall, you’ll have an amazing view and a grand time at Pawtuckaway State Park. Named after the Pawtuckaway Lake and Pawtuckaway Mountains, the park has 5,000 acres of natural beauty for you to enjoy during Autumn.

The picturesque Pawtuckaway Lake lines the park’s campground which houses 192 sites. Each site doesn’t offer hook-ups but provides an area for tent pitching, an open fire ring, a picnic table, bath houses and a parking area. If you do need electricity, there are cabins offered, too.

Amenities and Activities Offered

Beaches/Swimming
Canoeing/Kayaking
Cross-Country Skiing
Fishing
Horseback Riding
Museum Tour
Biking/Mountain Biking
Snowmobiling
Snowshoeing
Camping
Hiking
Walking Trails
Boat Ramp
Boat Rentals
Fire Lookout Tower
Park Store
Picnic Area/Picnic Pavilion
Playground
Showers/Restroom
Scenic Geology

    For fees and other information, visit: https://www.nhstateparks.org/visit/state-parks/pawtuckaway-state-park.aspx

    Fall Creek Falls State Park

    Spencer, Tennessee

    A lot of outdoor enthusiasts make a fuss about the gorgeous fall colors in Tennessee – and they love the state’s largest and most-visited state park, Fall Creek Falls, named after one of the tallest waterfalls in the Eastern part of the country, standing at 256 feet high. Surrounding the waterfalls are cascades, creeks, gorges, falls and lush plant life. Truly a dream for nature lovers, especially in Autumn.

    222 campsites are scattered in 5 different areas within the park, all of which have water, electricity, grills, tables and bath houses. Some sites allow RVs. There are also 16 primitive sites, some of which are walk-in and some are park-on.

    Amenities and Activities Offered

    Rock Climbing
    Canopy Challenge Course
    Interpretive Programs
    Boating
    Swimming
    Hiking
    Biking
    Fishing
    Birding
    Golf
    Camping (RV, Group Camp)
    Inns/Cabins
    Park Store
    Food
    Grills
    Recreation Hall
    Ampitheater

       For fees and other information, visit: http://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/fall-creek-falls

      DeSoto State Park

      Fort Payne, Alabama

      DeSoto State Park sits on top of Lookout Mountain and is best known for its beautiful waterfalls and fragrant wildflowers. It is also considered to have one of the best view for vibrant fall foliage – an ideal family-friendly camping spot to enjoy Autumn. In the area are famous Alabama attractions such as the 104-foot Desoto Falls, the historic Fort Payne and the Little River Canyon Nature Preserve.

      Lodging options are plenty at this beautiful 3,502-acre state park. They house a campground with 94 full hook-up tent and RV sites. 2 backcountry campsites with shelters as well as Primitive Camping Sites are also offered here. You can also opt to lodge in at one of their cozy Mountain Chalets, Log Cabins or Motel Rooms.

      Amenities and Activities Offered

      Kayaking
      Fishing/Flyfishing
      Hiking
      Biking/Mountain Biking
      Cycling
      Rappelling
      Bouldering
      Picnicking
      Wildflower expeditions
      Golfing
      Geocoaching
      Horseback Riding
      Yoga
      Canoeing and Kayaking
      Adventure Excursions
      Olympic Size Swimming Pool
      Nature Center
      Restaurants

        For fees and other information, visit: https://www.alapark.com/desoto-state-park

        Gifford Woods State Park

        Killington, Vermont

        Gifford Woods State Park is one of the most popular in the state not only because of its proximity to the Appalachian Trails, but also because of its prime elevation of natural forests – where the color are more vibrant and dramatic in the fall. While heavily visited, this state park is well-maintained, especially as it houses the popular Gifford Woods Natural Area – a patch of old growth northern hardwood forest (a mix of beech, sugar maple and yellow birch). Imagine how stunning these trees would be during Autumn season!

        The campground offers 22 tent and trailer sites, 4 cabins and 21 lean-tos. Aside from camping, you can also enjoy plenty of outdoor activities here like fishing, boating and hiking.

        Amenities and Activities Offered

        Boating
        Bird-watching
        Bicycling
        Camping
        Fishing
        Hiking/Nature Trails
        Picnicking
        RVing
        Dump Station
        Water Sports
        Snowshoeing
        Cross Country Skiing
        Wildlife Watching
        Historic Sites
        Cabin

          For fees and other information, visit: https://vtstateparks.com/gifford.html

          Whether you’re an avid camper, a day hiker, an outdoor enthusiast or simply an all-around nature-lover, camping in the fall is a must in your bucket list. Any of these state parks is worth the trip this season – plan a trip and tell us otherwise.


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