Camping in the Fall

Your Ultimate Guide to RV Camping in the Fall

The transition from the vibrant greens of summer to the rich, golden shades of fall is not just a change of seasons—it’s an invitation. An invitation to experience the magic of camping in the fall. Imagine waking up to the crisp autumn air, the scent of pine and campfire, and an explosion of fall colors right outside your RV window. 

Unsurprisingly, an increasing number of Americans are discovering the joys of camping during the autumn season. Are you ready to join the trend and embark on an unforgettable autumnal adventure? 

In this guide, we’ll delve into why camping in the fall is so popular among RVers, share tips for planning your autumn escape, discuss essential gear to keep you cozy and reveal our favorite fall camping activities. Plus, we’ll introduce you to an unforgettable destination for fall RV camping (or cabin rental) – Silver Spur RV Park in Silverton, Oregon.

Camping in the Fall: An RVers Delight 

RV camping in the fall is a unique and unforgettable adventure. Here’s what sets it apart:

Stunning Landscapes

The transformation of landscapes in the fall is simply awe-inspiring. Trees adorned in a breathtaking palette of red, orange, and gold create a vivid backdrop for outdoor adventures. Whether you’re in the mountains, by the coast, or nestled in a forest, autumn scenery is nothing short of enchanting.

Cooler Weather

Bid farewell to the sweltering summer heat and welcome the cool, crisp air of autumn. You can enjoy the great outdoors without the discomfort of scorching temperatures, making it the perfect time for outdoor activities like hiking and campfires.

Fewer Crowds

Fall offers a quieter, more intimate camping experience. With schools back in session and the summer crowds gone, you’ll have more serene moments to savor the beauty of nature, take leisurely hikes, and enjoy peaceful nights by the campfire. 

Cozy RV Retreat

Of course, camping in the fall sometimes means having to deal with cooler temperatures and more precipitation. Fortunately, with RV camping, you can retreat to the comfort and security of your RV whenever chilly weather interferes with your outdoor plans. It’s like having a mobile cabin on wheels, complete with all the amenities you need to stay warm and dry! 

Planning Your Autumn Camping Trip

A successful RV trip depends on careful preparation regardless of the season, but there are a few extra steps to consider when preparing for a fall camping trip. Follow these tips to plan your ideal autumnal adventure:

Research top destinations

Look into highly-rated campgrounds known for fall foliage, such as national parks in Vermont, New Hampshire, Colorado, and Oregon. Read reviews and talk to fellow RVers for insider tips.

Choose RV parks with extra amenities

With more unpredictable weather in the fall, many RVers choose to stay at RV parks and resorts with nice facilities and extra amenities. For example, here at Silver Spur, we have a hot tub, a cozy main lodge, a game room, and covered outdoor gathering spaces that you can enjoy regardless of the weather. 

Book early

Fall weekends book up fast at popular RV parks and campsites, especially during peak foliage season. Reserve your spot well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Check the weather

Keep an eye on forecasts as your trip approaches to ensure you pack proper attire and gear for the conditions. Layers are key for fall!

Prepare your RV

Schedule pre-trip maintenance to catch any issues before hitting the road. Stock up on essentials and winterize your RV if needed.

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Fall Camping Essentials for a Cozy & Comfortable Stay 

To ensure a cozy and comfortable stay in your RV during the autumn chill, consider packing these essentials:

Cozy Bedding & Blankets

Warm blankets, flannel sheets, and thermal sleeping bags will keep you snug during chilly nights. Pack extra blankets to bring outdoors so you can dine al fresco or snuggle up by the campfire. 

Weatherproof Gear & Layers

Invest in waterproof clothing and footwear to stay dry during rain showers. Consider packing a waterproof pop-up canopy tent so that you can dine or relax outdoors no matter the weather. 

Campfire Supplies

In many places around the country, fire bans are finally lifted in the fall. So gather firewood, fire starters, and marshmallow roasting sticks for memorable campfire evenings. Bring cast iron pots and other cooking supplies if you plan to cook over an open fire. 

Our Favorite Fall Camping Activities

Fall offers a cornucopia of activities to enjoy amidst the vibrant foliage:

Take in the Scenery

One of the most captivating ways to experience fall is by embarking on hikes through landscapes painted in rich autumnal hues. Silver Falls State Park in Oregon, located near Silver Spur RV Park, is an absolute must-visit for nature enthusiasts. What sets this park apart during the fall is its stunning waterfalls set against the backdrop of the changing leaves. The beauty of the waterfalls is only enhanced by the vibrant colors of fall, and the bonus is that you’ll encounter fewer crowds, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the natural beauty. 

If you’re up for a challenge, consider participating in the Silver Falls marathon in November, a trail race that REI ranks among the top 6 trail races in the nation. It’s not only a test of your endurance but also a breathtaking journey through the autumn wonderland.

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Attend Local Fall Festivals

To truly soak in the spirit of the season, make it a point to attend local fall festivals and events. In our neck of the woods, the Willamette Valley in Oregon is renowned for its vibrant harvest season celebrations. The region offers a cornucopia of festivities, including the renowned Mt. Angel Oktoberfest, the Fall Festival at the Oregon Gardens, and numerous pumpkin patches that will get you and your family in the holiday spirit. And speaking of pumpkins, why not pick some up from a nearby farm and bring them back to the RV park for a fun carving session? If you’re feeling brave and looking for a spooky thrill, consider checking out the Silver Crest Haunted House – it’s sure to send shivers down your spine. 

Sample Seasonal Produce 

Autumn is a time when the Pacific Northwest comes alive with seasonal delights. Don’t miss the opportunity to indulge in quintessential fall activities like apple picking and visiting local farmer’s markets. Wander through orchards and handpick crisp, juicy apples for pies, cider, or simply munching on during your RV adventure. Explore the local farmer’s markets to sample an array of fresh, seasonal produce that captures the essence of the season. 

The Pacific Northwest is also renowned for its wineries, and fall is the best time to visit them. You’ll have the chance to experience the excitement of the harvest season, which typically spans from September through November. Silver Spur RV Park & Resort is conveniently located just a short drive away from a plethora of incredible wineries in the world-renowned Willamette Valley, where you can sip and savor the flavors of the region.

Reel in the Fun 

For those who love the thrill of fishing, fall in the Pacific Northwest is a prime place and time to cast your line. The cooler temperatures and vibrant foliage provide the perfect backdrop for a serene day of fishing. Silver Spur RV Park takes your fishing experience to the next level with stocked fishing ponds right on-site. You can literally step outside your RV and enjoy some fishing fun in a tranquil setting. Whether you’re an experienced angler or a novice, fall fishing in the Pacific Northwest is an opportunity you won’t want to miss. Check out our guide to fishing in Oregon for more information. 

RV Camping in October at Silver Spur: An Unforgettable Experience 

In conclusion, camping in the fall is a delightful experience for RVers of all walks of life. The stunning landscapes, cooler weather, fewer crowds, and cozy RV retreat create an enchanting atmosphere that’s perfect for outdoor adventures of all kinds. 

Nestled in the heart of Silverton, Oregon, Silver Spur RV Park promises an unparalleled autumn camping experience. With roomy RV sites, top-tier amenities, and a welcoming community vibe, it’s a favorite among seasoned and newbie RVers alike. The park serves as an excellent base for exploring the region’s fall attractions, ensuring your stay is both comfortable and memorable. Plus, with our hot tub, game room, cozy lodge, fire pits, stocked fishing ponds, and group gathering sites, there are plenty of activities to enjoy right here at the park. Book your stay today and get ready to experience the countless wonders of RV camping in the fall!