When you think about the ideal RV trip, what season you are picturing in your mind? Everyone has their own opinion about which time of the year is the most beautiful. Many say that it’s definitely winter, with its cleansing blanket of gleaming white snow. Others love the awakening of the spring foliage as it is resurrects in its full glory, bringing forth leaves and blossoms to budding branches that have been bare for the last several months. There’s summer, when we have the opportunity to bask in the sun and enjoy the many beaches and lakes that are scattered across our nation, and the temperatures finally allow trips high into the green, breathtaking mountains to enjoy the fresh air and the beautiful lakes. And then, there’s the fall …
Fall is the most colorful season of all. It’s when the leaves allow the green to seep from their veins, leaving the gold and red hues to cast their blazing color upon the entire landscape. It’s an amazing sight to behold as the leaves sacrifice their lives to the next season. But to really experience it firsthand, you must submerge yourself amongst the splendor, and the best way to do that is from the comfort of your Cruise America rental RV.
Here are a few places that our RV travelers have found to provide a magnificent show:
Cape Fair, Missouri (open until October 30th)
This shady, spacious campground sits along the James River Arm of Table Rock Lake. It’s a scenic escape in the beautiful foothills of the Ozark Mountains for water and nature lovers alike. The lake is surrounded by a forest of oak and hickory trees that set the paths ablaze with color every autumn.
Dolly Copp, New Hampshire (open until October 14th)
This charming and picturesque campground is nestled in the foothills of Mount Washington, New England’s tallest peak. It’s surrounded by unobstructed mountain views, and during the fall, the entire countryside becomes alive with every combination of golds, oranges and reds a person could hope for.
Roosevelt State Park, Mississippi (open year-round)
The only way to see this park when it’s more beautiful than it is in the summer, is to see it in the fall! The hiking paths are lined with pure fall color as the trees begin their annual slumber. There are several varieties of wildlife to observe while enjoying the show of color. There are beautiful shaded campgrounds from which you are treated to the bright hues of fall.
Raccoon Branch Campground, Virginia (open until October 30th)
This scenic campground is part of the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, and is perched in the Appalachian Mountains, nestled at the base of Dickey Knob. It offers beautiful scenery, hiking trails and cool, babbling streams. It is in the fall, however, when this location stands out with its brilliant fall foliage.
Lakeview Park Campground, Arkansas (open year-round)
This is a very large park with wooded campsites on a bluff that overlooks the water. The lake, as well as the surrounding mountains, are a very popular place for those who are seeking gorgeous scenery, along with all sorts of outdoor recreation. Each season is unique with its own flavor of beauty, but the “flaming fall review” is the event that takes the “scenery cake!”
Winhall Brook, Vermont (open until October 13th)
While this campground is located in the Green Mountains, these hardwood forests are anything but “green” during the fall months. In fact, this area is one of the most popular in the nation for observing the color show that comes along each year. Besides just the beauty of the season, this campground offers several waterways in which one can fish and play. Also popular are hiking and biking in the area.
Ledges State Park, Iowa (open year-round)
This area is so beautiful, the Native American community was using it as long as 4,000 years ago! The gorgeous canyons and bluffs have come to be a major attraction, pulling in campers and nature-lovers throughout the whole year. However, the grand finale before winter is the explosive, fiery color that emanates from the forests during the autumn season. Tourists come from all over the country to behold the jaw-dropping sites of fall.
Burchfield Branch Park, Alabama (open until October 31st)
This park is located near Holt Lake on the Black Warrior-Tombigbee Waterway northeast of Tuscaloosa. Campers can enjoy fishing, swimming, boating, picnicking and sightseeing, the latter of which is most popular in the fall. Whether you’re kicking back on the beach, or parked at the boat ramp, you and your family will love it … especially during the fall, when the green leaves trade in their green outfits for a whole new orange, yellow and red fall wardrobe.
When it boils down to it, there’s no ugly season when it comes to Mother Nature’s work, but it would be difficult to find anyone who could resist the beauty of the fall, especially when they are observing it from the comfort of one of our Cruise America recreational vehicles.
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