Leaf peepers, listen up: Here are 5 camping spots across the US to take in the fall foliage

Year in and year out, the earth continues to turn, and the seasons inevitably change. When it comes to the transition into fall, the symphony of colors and changes is a familiar one, but it never ceases to impress.

From any angle, fall foliage is breathtaking. Photo: Layne Lawson/Unsplash

Leaves changing hues, sliding from bright kelly and evergreen shades to warm yellows and golds, fire-toned reds, and deep browns.

Why stick to driving past these leaves on your way to wherever you’re headed, when you can relax beneath them? Pitch a tent, take a hike and wallow in these colors.

Here are some of the best places to camp and take in the spectacle of fall foliage.

Letchworth State Park, New York

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Letchworth State Park, located in Upstate New York, is one of the most recommended areas to check out fall foliage, among other year-round outdoor recreation pursuits.

Coined the “Grand Canyon of the East,” the state park is 14,350 acres of gorges, waterfalls and of course, amazing fall foliage.

La Lu Farm Goat Yurt, Vermont

Hang out with goats and see pretty leaves? Deal. Photo: La Lu Farm Goat Yurt/ Hipcamp

Vermont takes their fall foliage very seriously, and for good reason — the state may be small, but it packs quite the punch.

According to the 2017 fall foliage report, this year’s color is late in coming, with extended warmer temperatures pushing its debut back later than usual.

Mt. Monadnock, New Hampshire

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The Northeastern region of the United States is renowned for its foliage during the fall season, with Mt. Monadnock standing out from the crowd as one of the premier destinations for leaf peepers to take in the changing colors.

The Monadnock State Park Gilson Pond Area is only open for camping until Oct. 28, so get there while you can.

Grey Owl Hollow Campground, Washington

Not red and gold yet, but just wait. Photo: Grey Owl Hollow/Unsplash

Located just 45 minutes from the main entrance of the Olympic National Park, this secluded 1-acre campground is one of Hipcamp’s recommendations for best places to check out fall foliage this season.

The campground is home to a variety of wildlife and plant life, and conveniently located to a number of national and state parks. Maples and alders on the property are changing their color right now, according to camp host Seth.

Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

Go the distance for these leaves. Photo: Jordan Whitt/Unsplash

Try looking up any fall foliage recommendations, and the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee will inevitably be on the list.

According to the 2017 National Park Service Fall Color Report for the region, while some leaves are beginning to drop, the Great Smoky Mountains are still awash with a multitude of fall colors.

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