Northern California’s Best Fall Camping Destinations

Every year fall foliage calls us away from the city and in to some of our favorite spots to take in the brilliant colors of autumn, from the coast to the high Sierra mountains. We recommend waking up surrounded by nature’s brilliant artwork after a cozy night’s sleep in a teardrop camper this season! Here’s a list of the best spots to enjoy the show (and cool evenings around the campfire) within 2-ish hours of our Sierra Foothills location.

 

WINE COUNTRY

Trees aren’t the only thing changing colors in the fall in California’s famous wine country. Harvest season also means the grape vines adorning Napa Valley’s landscape transform in to fields of copper and ruby red. This makes a picture-perfect backdrop for tasting some delicious Napa wines! Out in the Redwood forest black oaks and big-leaf maples are adding their color to the scene. Our Campground Recommendation –  Bothe-Napa Valley State Park

EASTERN SIERRAS

The Highway 395 corridor is well known for being one of the best areas for viewing glowing golden-orange-crimson fall colors in the western United States. Rugged granite canyons and crystal blue rivers provide a stark contrast to the vivid colors of aspen trees showing off their multi-hued foliage for a few precious weeks between September and November. A drive through Mono County will not disappoint a photographer looking to catch the season’s colors. Our Campground Recommendation – June Lake Campground

PLUMAS NATIONAL FOREST

As if the Alpine lakes, dazzling waterfalls and crisp mountain air weren’t enough reason to visit Plumas County, a trip in the fall means you’ll get a chance to soak up the magenta and fiery orange hues of the native oaks, dogwoods, and cottonwoods. At this elevation the leaf changing happens a little bit slower and autumn palettes tends to linger longer than in the mountains farther south. Our Campground Recommendation – Bucks Lake Camp and RV

YOSEMITE

With fewer crowds and cooler temperatures, fall is definitely the time to visit this bucket-list camping destination! In Yosemite Valley red and orange dogwoods and maples are at their peak fall colors mid-October to mid-November. Snow is possible this time of year at the higher elevations, making the scenic limestone cliffs and alpine meadows even more picturesque. Our Campground Recommendation –  Upper Pines Campground

 

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