Autumn is gradually making its way across New York, with cooler temperatures and fall colors gradually making their way across the state.
“The colors typically peak first in the higher elevations of the Adirondacks and then gradually sweep across the state,” said Don Bennett, Jr., president and CEO of Campground Owners of New York, which hosts CampNewYork.com, the travel planning website.
Many New York residents use campgrounds as base camps not only for fall foliage excursions, but to enjoy the variety of festivals taking place across the state.
Angela Medici of Whip-O-Will Campsites in Purling (https://whip-o-will.com/) said her guests will enjoy the Oktoberfest celebration slated for Saturday, Sept. 11 at Nussy’s Bier Garten at Reidlbauer’s Resort in the neighboring town of Round Top. The event features music, food and beer. Then there’s the Catskill Mount Thunder Motorcycle Festival (https://catskillmountainthunder.com/), slated for Sept. 15-19. The festival features food, music and entertainment, ranging from pub crawls to stunt shows with MX professionals and an antique bike museum.
Fall foliage enthusiasts will enjoy a front row display with Mother Nature’s explosion of fall colors from mid-September through mid-October at Bristol Woodlands Campground in Canandaigua (http://www.bristolwoodlands.com/), which is located in the Bristol Hills. The campground is also a convenient base campground for visits to Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures (https://bristolmountainadventures.com/adventure-park/), which offers everything from tight rope walks to rope ladders, bridges and ziplines. Festival enthusiasts could also use Bristol Woodlands Campground at a base camp for experiencing the Naples Grape Festival in Naples (https://naplesgrapefest.org/), which offers opportunities to meet artisans, wine makers and to enjoy live music as well as regional food specialties.
Wine enthusiasts might also want to consider a trip to Camp Chautauqua in Stowe (https://campchautauqua.com/), which they could use as a base camp while enjoying the weekend Great Grape Walks at Johnson Estate Winery - Vineyards in Westfield (https://www.tourchautauqua.com/events/great-grape-walks-2), which take place in September and October. Lake Chautauqua is also a great place for fall fishing.
Then there’s Lake George RV Park in Lake George (www.lakegeorgervpark.com), which expects fall colors to come quickly. “Based on summer weather, we expect changes to begin in mid to late September and reach peak around Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 8th, 9th and 10th, at our location,” said David J. King, the park’s president and CEO, adding that peak colors typically last for about 10 days.
For those looking to take scenic fall drives, U.S. Route 20 runs east/west through the heart of New York State, crossing along the tips of several Finger Lakes and offering beautiful rolling hills and sweeping vistas. A couple of websites, https://nyroute20.com/ and https://www.dot.ny.gov/display/programs/scenic-byways/route-20, cover sights to see in the Central New York section. Popular base camps along the way include Lebanon Reservoir Campground in Hamilton (www.lebanoncampground.com), about 15 minutes off Route 20, and Cider House Campground in Bouckville (www.ciderhousecampground.com), which is located right on Route 20 in the heart of the Madison Bouckville Antiques Community (https://www.ciderhousecampground.com/. https://www.madisontourism.com/things-to-do/antiquing/).
Fall foliage seekers should also visit I Love NY’s weekly leaf peepers report and check out their list of things to do in fall at https://www.iloveny.com/things-to-do/fall/foliage-report/ and https://www.iloveny.com/things-to-do/fall/.
Pre-Halloween events include Clayton’s Punkin Chunkin Festival (https://www.1000islands-clayton.com/punkinchunkinclayton/) Oct. 16 in Clayton. Campgrounds that could serve as base camps for this event include Swan Bay Resort in Alexandria Bay (https://swanbayresort.com/).
Families looking for spooky destinations across New York should check out the Haunted History Trail (https://hauntedhistorytrail.com/) and crosscheck the haunts of interest with neighboring campgrounds on CampNewYork.com.
About Campground Owners of New York
Campground Owners of New York is the trade association that represents independent campgrounds and RV parks in New York. Based in Pittsford, CONY provides education, government affairs and marketing services for campgrounds, including hosting CampNewYork.com, a travel planning website, and publishing a printed directory of New York campgrounds.
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