Experience Fall Foliage Camping With These Awesome FREE Tools!

If you want to experience the most breathtaking autumn leaves, you have to employ a bit of science as well as a bit of art and spontaneity and some awesome camping tips!

These tools make fall foliage camping and RV road trips an absolute breeze.

The color explosion that comes from fall foliage is jaw-dropping!

What makes it even more special is the finite window of time surrounding the whole thing … I mean, “Limited Edition” anything creates a sense of importance and urgency. Right? Psst we’re compensated…see our disclosures.

Fall Foliage Camping And RV Road Trips by CampingForFoodies

Experience Fall Foliage On Camping And RV Road Trips


Stages Of Fall Foliage Camping Colors

When you order a steak, you have to decide if you want it cooked to rare, medium or well doneness.

Similarly, colors in leaves have stages: beginning to turn color (rare), peak colors (medium) and past peak but some color still remains (well).  In other words, the timing for seeing the most vibrant colors during your fall foliage camping and RV road trips is critical.

The “doneness” of meat is similar to leaves changing color in the fall for your fall foliage camping and RV road trips by CampingForFoodies

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Tools To Help You Plan Your Foliage Camp Trips

Doing a bit of pre-planning is crucial to enjoy the maximum amount of color during your fall foliage viewing camp adventure.

There are prediction tools you can use well in advance of your trip.

As you get closer to your foliage camp trip dates, you can use the current conditions reports/live tools for fine tuning your route, timing and other aspects of your trip.

Awesome tools help you experience fall foliage on your RV and camping road trips by CampingForFoodies


Nationwide Interactive Fall Foliage Prediction Map

The Smoky Mountains have a super-cool Nationwide Interactive Fall Foliage Prediction Map that allows you to scroll through a date timeline and predicts when the leaves are likely to change colors across the entire country.

This is a great tool to help you determine the general timing for your fall foliage road trips.

Because this tool is predictive, you will need to get more specific information from other sources to be more accurate with your specific trip timing.

The tool is totally FREE too!

Fall foilage prediction map from Smokey Mountains is a great resource for your fall foliage camping and RV road trips by CampingForFoodies


Farmers’ Almanac Peak Fall Foliage Dates

The Farmers’ Almanac has been around since 1818!

In addition to their year-ahead weather outlook and historical weather records, they produce a list of Peak Fall Foliage Dates by state which includes the probable dates for peak fall colors.

This is a great FREE tool to use in the beginning planning stages of your fall foliage road trips.

The Farmers' Almanac is a great resource for your fall foliage camping and RV road trips by CampingForFoodies

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The Weather Channel U.S. Fall Foliage Report

In early September The Weather Channel collects information from foliage reporting locations from around the U.S. and compiles a report … it’s The Weather Channel U.S. Fall Foliage report.

This is an awesome FREE tool because it gives you current conditions around the country.

The nice thing about doing fall RV camping road trips (rather than doing fall foilage tours with an organized group) is that you have flexibility with your timing and route

The Weather Channel’s Fall Foliage Report is updated regularly and provides 4 stages of colors:

  1. Patchy
  2. Near Peak
  3. Peak
  4. Past Peak

If you start with a plan that includes a general area and timing, you can adjust your exact route on the spur of the moment in order to experience the best leaf peeping on your foliage camp trip!

US Fall Foliage Map From The Weather Channel is a great resource for your fall foliage camping and RV road trips by CampingForFoodies

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Fodor's New England: With The Best Fall Foliage Drives & Scenic Road Trips is a great resource for your fall foliage camping and RV road tripsFodor’s New England: With The Best Fall Foliage Drives & Scenic Road TripsFodor's New England: With The Best Fall Foliage Drives & Scenic Road Trips is a great resource for your fall foliage camping and RV road trips

In the United States, the most popular area to enjoy fall foliage camping colors and RV road trips is the New England region.

They typically experience foliage color change beginning in mid September and have finished by mid/late October.

We like using a full-color travel guide for trip planning because they include tips from local experts on the prettiest routes as well as must-see attractions, restaurant recommendations, maps, full color photos and more.

 

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U.S. Forest Service map is a great resource for your fall foliage camping and RV road trips by CampingForFoodies

The U.S. Forest Service produces a report Fall Colors–Current Forest Information. The reports are regional and are updated periodically.

These web pages have specific information about each forest and they allow you to send in photos to share on the Forest Service’s social media pages.

That way you can see the fall foliage colors in a timely manner too!

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Fall camping is EXHILARATING! This is a photo of a tent set up during the fall camping season. A green tent is set up on the ground which is covered by red, orange and yellow autumn leaves. The surrounding forest has trees that are displaying brilliant colored leaves that are in the process of changing colors as they fall from the trees. Text over image reads fall camping introducing a CampingForFoodies post with tips for camping during the autumn season and is a great resource for your fall foliage camping and RV road trips.I recommend using these tools to plan your foliage camp trip for the general area where you will be camping as well as the timing.

We have another post entirely dedicated to fall camping that includes fun activities, destinations, autumn camping safety tips, how to stay warm whether you are camping in a tent or doing fall RV camping … and what to pack for your leaf peeping camping colors adventure!

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Top National Parks for viewing fall foliage by CampingForFoodies is a great resource for your fall foliage camping and RV road trips.If you are not sure where you want to camp to see the fall colors, you may want to consider some of the best National Parks to visit in fall that are known for their spectacular scenery during the foliage camp season!

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Hand, Toe And Peel N' Stick Body Warmers for your fall foliage camping and RV road tripsHand, Toe And Peel N’ Stick Body Warmers

It can get chilly when you experience fall foliage camping on RV road trips. I like to dress in layers so I can shed clothing if I am getting warm while hiking through the leaves.

Using Hand, Toe And Peel N’ Stick Body Warmers is a great way to add instant warmth when you are getting too cold.

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Arizona Highways Hiking Guide By Robert Stieve for your fall foliage camping and RV road trips. 52 Of Arizona's Best Day Hikes For Winter, Spring, Summer And Fall.Arizona Highways Hiking Guide By Robert Stieve. 52 Of Arizona’s Best Day Hikes For Winter, Spring, Summer And Fall.

One of my favorite ways to experience fall foliage on camping trips is on beautiful hiking trails with different types of trees that have wide-ranging colors.

One of my favorite Arizona hiking trail books is actually organized by seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall!

It is the Arizona Highways Hiking Guide by Robert Stieve. The book contains beautiful pictures of the trails as well as in-depth trail guides, warnings and GPS coordinates. 

Robert really knows his stuff about Arizona … he has been the editor in chief of the famed Arizona Highways Magazine since 2007!

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Recipes For Fall Foliage Camping And RV Road Trips

You will probably want warm and hearty fall camping recipes for your fall camp trips too.  Here are a few of my favorites:

Breakfast – Hearty and warm camp recipes

Easy Southwestern Dutch Oven Breakfast Casserole Camping Recipe by CampingForFoodiesSouthwestern Dutch Oven Breakfast Casserole Camping Recipe

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Dutch Oven Tomato and Avocado Frittata Camp RecipeDutch Oven Tomato and Avocado Frittata - Camping For Foodies .com

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Bacon and Cheese Quiche Camp Dutch Oven RecipeBacon And Cheese Quiche Dutch Oven Camp Recipe - Camping For Foodies .com

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Mountain Man Breakfast Dutch Oven Camping Recipe by CampingForFoodiesMountain Man Breakfast Dutch Oven Camping Recipe

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Muffin Tin Eggs On The Campfire Recipe - The Perfect Camping Breakfast To Feed A Crowd - Camping For Foodies .comMuffin Tin Eggs Campfire Recipe

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Dinner – Hearty and warm camp recipes

Campfire Dutch Oven Gumbo RecipeDutch Oven Gumbo Campfire Recipe - Camping For Foodies .com

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Campfire White Chili RecipeCampfire White Chili Recipe - Camping For Foodies .com

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Dutch Oven Pizza Camping RecipeDutch Oven Pizza camp recipe - Camping For Foodies .com

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Campfire Stew Dutch Oven Camping Recipe by CampingForFoodiesCampfire Stew Dutch Oven Camping Recipe

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Lasagna In A Dutch Oven Camp Recipe - Camping For Foodies .comDutch Oven Lasagna Camping Recipe

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Dutch Oven Campfire Chili - Camping For Foodies .comCampfire Dutch Oven Chili Recipe

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Hot Italian Sausage Soup Recipe - Dutch Oven Recipes For Camping - Camping For Foodies .comHot Italian Sausage Soup Campfire Recipe

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Snacks – Hearty and warm camp recipes

Rosemary Spiced Nuts Camping Snacks Recipe by CampingForFoodiesRosemary Spiced Nuts Camping Snacks Recipe

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Drinks – Hearty and warm camp recipes

Campfire Hot Cocoa - Camping For Foodies .comCampfire Hot Cocoa

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Camping Food With Easy Meal Ideas And Original Recipes by CampingForFoodiesWe have so many more ideas for enjoying awesome camping food on your fall foliage camping trip … there are way too many to list here … so … check out the other easy and yummy fall camping recipes as you do the menu planning for your trip!

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If you will be cooking your fall camping recipes over a campfire, make sure you are prepared for wet and cold conditions.

That means, starting your campfire may not be as easy as it is during summer camping trips.

The best way to guard against those sorts of troubles is having fire starters camping experts recommend when you are trying to start your fires in challenging conditions.

If you will be using a camp stove to cook your meals, you may want to refill 1lb propane cylinders instead of just throwing them away after one single use.

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Don’t forget to check out my Dutch oven camp cooking tips too!

Dutch Oven Camp Cooking Tips by CampingForFoodies is a great resource for your fall foliage camping and RV road trips.

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No time to look for recipes, create a menu and write a grocery list? No Problem! Get our 3-Day Dutch Oven Camp Menu Plan here!

3-Day Dutch Oven Camp Menu Plan By Camping For Foodies .com


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