Camping may be associated mostly with summer, but the cool weather, beautiful foliage and decreased number of biting insects that fall offers make it an ideal season for outdoor adventures. From leaf-peeping in New England to rock climbing in the Southwest, parks across the US offer all the outdoors experiences you need to take advantage of the season:
- Pawtuckaway State Park: This New Hampshire park is a prime location for fall foliage (as are most parks in New England at this time of year). Hit the park's mountain hiking trails to take in the leaves, or set out on Pawtuckaway Lake for boating and fishing. The park is also a popular destination for orienteering hobbyists, hosting the New England Orienteering Club and other local orienteering and geocaching organizations.
- Picacho Peak State Park: Although the name is redundant ("Picacho" means "big peak" in Spanish), the features of this Arizona desert state park certainly aren't. Fall is the season when the desert cools off enough to allow visitors to take on the Hunter Trail, a 1,500-foot climb to the top of the park's eponymous peak. Hiking boots are a necessity, as well as sturdy gloves to grip the steel cables installed to help climbers.
- First Landing State Park: The most visited state park in Virginia, First Landing offers a wide selection of activities for visitors, including an annual fall festival that's great for children. The park also has an educational center that provides opportunities to learn about the unique ecosystem of the Virginia maritime forest.
- Big Basin Redwoods State Park: The fall is the last chance to camp out under some of the biggest trees in the country at the oldest state park in California. The park also offers waterfalls, canyons, and a flourishing population of birds and wildlife.
Get everything you need to equip yourself for camping this season in our camping section!