Fall Foliage Teardrop Camping Trips
It’s that time of year when the kids go back to school, the days are noticeably shorter, the nights are cooler, and the leaves are changing color. We’re moving from the multiple shades of summer greens to the bright yellows, reds, oranges, and golds of autumn. It is the perfect time for a weekend camping trip.
This is a great time of year to spend a few nights away from home in your teardrop or squaredrop camper. Nothing matches the crisp evening air while sitting by a campfire as the sun dips below the horizon. If you don’t have a tiny camper yet, now is a great time to rent one for a weekend to see if you enjoy it. Use this link to view teardrops that are available to rent in your area. It’s prefiltered on teardrops, just enter in your own location. Try cooking a pizza over a fire using a cast iron skillet or make a Dutch oven cheeseburger pie. And for dessert, instead of the usual roasting of marshmallows over the fire for s’mores, try the sugar cone s’mores recipe for a less messy way to enjoy a s’more.
This is the best resource to find out when and where the changing leaves are expected to be at the peak. Keep in mind that no tool is 100% accurate. It is intended to help better plan any trips so you have the best opportunity to catch the leaves at their peak colors. That article also explains the science behind leaves changing color.
There are so many great locations across this country to view the best that fall has to offer, that it’s tough to just choose a few. Here is our list of 6 gorgeous locations for fall road trips that offer stunning views.
Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia and North Carolina
This is often referred to as “America’s Favorite Drive” as it follows the Applalacian mountain chain. Plan on spending at least three days exploring this treasured road as it covers over 450 miles from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina. There are over 100 different species of trees that paint the mountains in the season’s colors. This byway is marked with mileposts all the way from the two parks mentioned above and there maps available to explain what sights or activities there are near each mile marker. For example, at milepost 316, there is Linville Falls, a hidden waterfall that makes for a great day hike. Milepost 355.4 is Mount Mitchell which is above six thousand feet above sea level and is part of the Southern Sixers chain of Appalachian mountains. Richland Balsam Overlook, which is the highest point of the parkway, is located at milepost 431.
For a remote camping retreat, try Mount Pisgah campground which is nearly 5000 ft above sea level.