There are so many places to see the changing of the seasons here in the US, it may be hard to choose where to go! Here we’ve picked out some great trails to visit when the colors will be at their peak.
Oregon: Oct. 12-28
In Oregon, peak fall foliage occurs between October 12 – 28. Head to Lithia Park in Ashland,OR, just a 3 hour drive from the Bend-Sunriver RV Campground or 3 ½ hours from South Jetty RV & Camping Resort. Lithia Park is 93 acres, 42 acre are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. With trails appropriate for all levels, Lithia Park is a perfect place to experience Oregon’s fall foliage. It’s recommended that you take the self-guided trail through the park which takes you through the Japanese Gardens and the Rose Garden. Pick up a handy guide provided by the park that contains an index of the flora and fauna species around you.
Pennsylvania: Oct. 5-21
Corodus State Park is a fantastic place to experience the east coast foliage that is at it’s peak from Oct. 5- 21. Located a 1 hour drive from Circle M RV & Camping Resort and only 30 minutes from Gettysburg Farm RV Campground, this 3,490 acre park has hiking trails, equestrian and mountain biking trails as well. Lake Marburg has 26 miles of shoreline on the southeast side of the park. The lake is popular for sailboats, motorboats and warm water fishing. Try hiking the Mary Ann Furnace Trail which takes you to the Black Rock Flats, through a deciduous forest, and eventually leads you along the shoreline of Lake Marburg. Or try the LaHo Trail that follows the shoreline of Wildasin Flats. This is a great trail for birders as well. PA Dutch Country RV Resort is also close by – it’s located 1 hour and 15 minutes from Corodus State Park.
IMPORTANT: If you choose to hike a trail in Corodus State Park, make sure you WEAR FLUORESCENT ORANGE. It’s hunting season!
Virginia: (Inland) Oct. 12-28; (Coastal) Oct. 19-Nov. 4
Encompassing part of the Blue Ridge Mountains is the Shenandoah National Park. The park’s website provides a detailed overview of the color progression of the foliage in the park, and this can be handy while planning your trip! There are 300 square miles within Shenandoah National Park. A great way to see the peak fall foliage can be on horseback, by canoe, or simply taking advantage of a few of the 500 miles of hiking trails within the park. Shenandoah National Park is located 77.9 miles from the Lynchburg RV Resort in Virginia.
Wisconsin: Oct. 5-14
For a small fee you can tour Rib Mountain State Park in Wausau, WI. The best time to go only lasts for a couple of weeks, so make sure you make it over there between OCtober 5 – 14 for peak fall foliage. This park is located in the Central Wisconsin River Valley and is open year round from 6am-11pm. This park is among the oldest geological features on earth and has a rich history. Rib Mountain was once a lookout for early Chippewas as a guide for finding their way and as early as 1893, the mountain was used in the manufacturing of sandpaper. The relatively short walk along The Gray Trail takes you to all of the main features of park including a 60-foot observation tower. There are so many activities encouraged here like hunting and trapping. There are also plenty of picnic areas to sit and relax. Rib Mountain State Park is located an hour drive from Yukon Trails RV & Camping Resort (Encore) and less than a two hour drive from Fremont Jellystone Park (Encore).
Where is your favorite place to see fall foliage? Tell us in the comments!