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Fall on the East Coast of the USA offers some of the best camping opportunities of anywhere in the world at any time of the year. From Cape Cod Campresort & Cabins in Massachusetts to Bluewater Key RV Resort in Florida, now is a great time to see it all. Smaller crowds, great weather and a broad range of unique things to do await campers heading to this area in the Fall.

Here we will look at some of those things and why this is such a special time and place for a camping adventure.

During the fall, the major vacation season has ended. Most of the campgrounds can be fairly empty and the crowds at the major attractions will be much smaller to non-existent. This is particularly true during the week. In some cases, this can be a negative. If you want experience the theme parks or bustling beach boardwalks then you may be out of luck.

When the kids that staff these places head back to school in the fall many of them close up for the season, at least during the week. Many do open up for weekends so if you plan carefully you may still be able to enjoy those types of places. That's not to say a beach trip won't be enjoyable. With the smaller crowds visiting you'll have the opportunity to have a more peaceful visit.

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Camping on the East Coast Beaches


The East Coast of course is along the gulf stream, which draws warm water up from the Gulf of Mexico so the waters along these beaches will still be please pleasant well into the fall. The further south you go, the further into Fall you can go with your beach trip.

The Fall along the east coast offers campers the best weather of the season. During the peak summer season, temperatures and humidity can be uncomfortably high all along the coast and almost unbearable in the southern states. During the fall, temperatures and humidity moderate making it much more comfortable all along the coast.

While the weather is moderate during this time of the year, as you get further into Fall the possibility of colder weather increases so it is important to be prepared. Make sure that all of the systems in your RV are working properly, and test them all out before leaving. Make sure your furnace is functional and your propane tanks are full.

Even though it may be warm during the day, temperatures can dip quickly at night. Also, cold fronts passing through during this time of the year have been known to drop temps by 60 degrees or more from one day to the next. The further north you are and the later you get into the fall the greater the possibility of freezing temps so make sure you know how to keep your pipes from freezing.

It only takes a few hours below freezing at night to cause problems with your outside water lines. Many RV parks in the northern states will start to close later in the Fall. Most parks in this region that close for the winter will do so on the weekend closest to October 15th. If you are planning a Fall trip around or after that date make sure that the park you plan to visit will be open.

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Festivals on the East Coast


Another great part of fall camping along the east coast are all the festivals and fairs which happen around this time of the year. Some great examples include the Lobster Festival in Rockland, ME. And the Urbanna Oyster Festival in Urbanna, VA. These festivals are a great place to visit by RV but make sure you plan ahead.

For example, the Urbanna Oyster Festival is in a town of about 2,000 people. For the festival, the population swells to over 50,000 and the closest accommodations for the festival goers are all RV parks. The nearby Beth Page and Grey's Point RV Parks are outstanding. These campgrounds are typically packed solid for the event and are booked for months in advance.

Interesting Reads: New York Fall Events & Festivals

The Fall is a great time to camp along the US East Coast. The length of the coast and its north/south orientation provides a broad range of experiences from hot summer beaches in the south to cool fall weather with beautiful colors in the north. This is the time of the year when you can avoid the crowds and experience the coast in a whole new way.
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