If you love camping, but hate the crowds. This Fall camping list is for you.
1. Julia Pfieffer Burns State Park, CA
This location is Majestic! That's the only way to describe the serenity and beauty of this park. There are only two available campsites and it's difficult to reserve one , they sell faster than concert tickets! Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park begins at the Big Sur coastline with breathtaking views of huge surf crashing against the shore. Inland, you'll get to experience beautiful forests. What makes this place so beautiful is how clean and preserved the park is. the best part is, you wake up to the blue jays singing, accompanied by the sound of the waves flowing near. Also, don’t forget to check out McWay Falls during your stay, it’s steps away from both sites.
2. Samuel P. Taylor State Park, CA
If you love Green scenery like me, then this park will blow you away. Samuel P. Taylor State Park is deep within the giant redwoods, North of San Francisco near Marin County. There's plenty of shade and it does get cool here so, make sure you pack an all-climate jacket! This park features a unique contrast of coast redwood groves and open grassland. With a variety of trees including oak, tanoak, madrone, live oak, laurel and Douglas fir. The park is a fantastic hidden gem that is rarely crowded which is a big plus! Most Campsites are first come first serve year round.
3. Limekiln State Park, CA
Definitely a personal favorite. This park is so versatile! and with many sites, this has to be the most underrated place to set camp. The entrance to this park is easy to pass and tucked away behind cliffs. It's not easy to find, but that also means less of a crowd. Although the park is small, this rugged coastal park offers a rocky beach, a redwood forest and 100-foot waterfall. With many trails this park is an adventurer's’ paradise.
4. Silver Falls State Park, OR
Write this one down on your bucket list. Silver Falls State Park is the kind of standout scenic treasure that puts Oregon on top of any must see list. This park is the largest in the state and although popular, it doesn't take away the “wow” factor. This park is home to Ten Falls Trail, a nationally recognized hiking trail that weaves through dense forest landscapes with views of gorgeous waterfalls along the rocky canyon. The park’s campsites are open year round and are first come first serve. Due to its popularity the chance of grabbing a site can be difficult, so plan ahead! Just to be safe, you can call the park’s rangers for availability.
5. Sol Duc, WA
Staying at Sol Duc is something that each one of us needs to do sometime in our lifetime. The amount of life and views here are out of this world! The park contains many hiking loops, a gorgeous river, must-see waterfalls, and a series of hot springs. Can it get any better? Well actually, yes. If you hike a few miles around the park you can find a pleasing mix of old-growth forest, snow-capped peaks and glittering lakes. Purchasing a site here may be difficult, but the park does have a few first come first serve only sites. Try to get here early!
6. Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
Who wouldn't want to camp here? Its the freakin’ Grand Canyon! Elevations average from 7,000 feet, so you can get stunning panoramic views of the entire canyon. The South Rim of the grand canyon has a developed campground that has both reservation only and first come first serve sites. There is also another campground on the North rim of the canyon, but is much more difficult to reach without professional gear. Either way, both areas have amazing views of this national park. Hiking is a popular activity, which is tough, but rewarding. Be sure to know what you're doing before going off on your adventure. Remember, safety first!
7. Denali National Park, AK
Are you kidding me? 6 million acres of open land? Wow, this park will leave you with a freed mind and cleansed soul. It doesn't get any cooler than Denali, also known as Mt. Mckinley. This park is a hiker/backpackers wonderland! Most trails begin at the visitors center, and all trails are easy to moderate in difficulty. With over 6 different campgrounds located around the park, only 4 are reachable by car, and the other 2 by bus. most campgrounds are open year round and free during the winter. Be sure to check a 7-day weather forecast before your adventure.
8. Joshua Tree, CA
Tired of not seeing the dreamy night sky due to light pollution? Well, sleep under the stars and enjoy some of the darkest night skies in Southern California. This is a place of legend and mystery, with a long history of the first pioneers who discovered this region. There are endless opportunities to explore at Joshua Tree. Whatever that may mean to you. There are miles and miles of hiking trails and backcountry roads waiting to be traversed. This is a handy Fall/Winter location since off-season rates apply and it never gets too cold. All 9 campgrounds are first come first serve and don't worry there are plenty of sites for everyone.
9. Glacier National Park, MT
Glacier is known as the“Crown of the continent”. The park contains over 16 stunning campgrounds. This landmark is a must if you're planning a Fall camping trip. Driving through here is just astounding! Glacier's Going-to-the-Sun Road, which is 50 miles of winding highway, bends its way through the the park with many views . There's so many photo opportunities for all you photographers out there. This is perfect for people who delight in joyriding around mountainous landscapes. Glacier is also a hiker's paradise for adventurous visitors seeking wilderness and solitude. Campgrounds here are always first come first serve.
10. Yosemite National Park, CA
Yes, Yosemite! Not just a great valley, but a shrine to human foresight. I know, this is a touristy park especially during the summer. However, once the leaves start turning colors then you know it’s time to call off work and round up your backpacking gear. 95% of the park is completely natural, meaning you won’t be bothered by cars, dirt bikes or other distractions. It’s just you and nature. Yosemite is home to many attractions including powerful waterfalls, shining lakes, and outstanding sights of the Sierra Nevada mountain ranges. There are over 13 campgrounds and multiple backpacking trails. This heaven on earth can be any person’s playground, no matter what activity you are planning to do. Most sites are reservation only.
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