East Coast Travel: Top RV Destinations for Fall

The Better RVing site just posted some great travel destinations on the east coast and I wanted to share them with you!

Charlottesville, VA

Off the beaten path, Charlottesville has myriad oaks that turn brilliant shades of red when the summer is over. Located in west central Virginia, this rural hideaway in the Blue Ridge Mountains is the home of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello estate and offers great antique hunting and shopping. Honored by outlets like A&E, Money magazine and others as one of America’s best places to live, it’s also where you’ll find the University of Virginia.

Best Dates: Leaves are already turning and are expected to peak between October 15 and 25th.

State Parks/RV Parks: George Washington National Forest is comprised of nearly a million acres and offers RVers both boondocking and full-amenity camping. For more information, click here.

Peters Valley – Delaware Water Gap NJ

Widely known as an artisan colony, this northwestern New Jersey town hosts woodworkers, sculptors, weavers, metal workers and more. It’s also one of the best places in New Jersey to witness the glory of autumn leaves. Part of the Skylands area, Peters Valley is nestled in the Walpack Valley, where the Delaware River splits Sussex County, NJ and Pike County, PA. Rent a canoe at Dingman’s Ferry and experience the colorful foliage from the ground up. Plan to spend at least at day to experience what Peters Valley has to offer.

Best Dates: Peak season comes earlier here than in New England because of the abundance of shallow rooted trees like swamp maple and ash.

State Parks/RV Parks: Worthington State Forest is comprised of 6,000 acres that extend nearly seven miles along the of the Kittatiny Mountain ridge. There are 69 tent and trailer sites in the park and hunting, fishing and boating are permitted.

For more information, click here.

Wellsboro, PA

Located adjacent to Pine Creek Gorge, also knows as the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, Wellsboro has classic small town charm and is nestled in the wilderness of northern Pennsylvania. Antiques and restaurants satisfy those who want to explore town while the 47-foot gorge carved during the ice age is the focal point of outdoor life, which includes hiking, biking, bird watching, horseback riding and fishing. Stick around for a couple of days and get a taste of both.

State Parks/RV Parks: Leonard Harrison State Park has 585 acres with hiking, hunting, and campsites to accommodate RVs. For more information, click here.

Asheville, NC and The Blue Ridge Parkway

The elevation changes 5,000 feet between Asheville and the highest point in the Smoky Mountains, creating a glorious brush of color change that lasts almost two months. Asheville, located in northwestern North Carolina, is a medium sized city with plentiful art, theater, music and restaurants while the surrounding small towns along the parkway offer charm, peace and quiet. This is an area you could spend weeks exploring and still not experience all it has to offer, but any amount of time you stay will provide years of scenic memories.

Best Dates: Asheville explodes with color around the first week of November.

State Parks/RV Parks: The Great Smoky Mountains National Park accommodates RVs in its frontcamping areas. Along with hiking, biking, horseback riding and fishing, you can tour early settler structures like houses, churches and farms. For more information, click here.

Things to Do: Each weekend in October and early November is packed with festivals and events. Art in the Park, Oktoberfest and The Craft Fair of Southern Highlands are just a few. For a complete list, click here.

Bowling Green, KY

Located in southern Kentucky, the focal point of this town is the maze of caves that comprise Mammoth Cave National Park and outdoor enthusiasts can canoe on 31 miles of river or go spelunking. But this scenic area has much more, including tours of local farms and distilleries, along with an aviation museum and a downtown area offering historical tours, unique restaurants and shops. Arts enthusiasts will find plenty to satisfy them with theaters and museums, and of course, a bounty of bluegrass and blues music.

Best Dates: The best color in this area is mid to late October.

State Parks/RV Parks: Mammoth Cave National Park is known for its caves, all 367 miles of them. The Green and Nolin rivers offer canoeing, kayaking, and fishing that afford views of the surrounding foliage from ground level. Horseback riding, hiking, and bike trails offer plenty of opportunities to learn more about this unique area. RVs are welcome at the Maple Springs campground.

Things to Do: Visit Jackson’s Orchard for their weekly Pumpkin Festivals, running every weekend in October. The Festival features hayrides, a pumpkin patch to pick your own, a straw castle, face painting, a petting farm and much more. Sample caramel apples, apple cider slushes, fried pies and many other fall favorites.

Have you ever been to any of these places? Come on over and let me know about your RV adventures!

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