3 Reasons Fall Camping in Asheville is a Great Idea

North Carolina waterfall during autumn.

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I love camping! My parents took us camping every summer growing up and we had the best time!

In Florida, we did our camping at the beach during the summer. So camping in cooler weather where you need real sleeping bags, jackets, and a fire for something more than s’mores was a novel concept for me.

I was a little intimidated by the cold night temperatures, but I planned as best I could and went for it anyway. And I’m so glad that I did!

We had so much fun fall camping in Asheville! Not only did we find a gorgeous campground, but there were all kinds of fun activities to do!

Here are 3 reasons why fall camping in Asheville, North Carolina is a great idea!

Fall Camping in Asheville Means Fall Color

The Blue Ridge Mountains and Asheville in October are breathtaking! The fall colors are vibrant, beautiful, and certainly worth the trip.

There are several access points to the Blue Ridge Parkway in and around Asheville. We spent 2 hours just driving around taking in the views and stopping at overlooks for pictures.

Thankfully, there wasn’t very much traffic and the weather was clear.

The Blue Ridge Parkway is a short drive from Asheville KOA East.
(Lainey brought her Polaroid camera and loved taking pictures of the mountains!)

Mild Weather

Asheville has lovely weather in the fall. According to Google, the average daytime temperature in Asheville for October is 68 degrees. We could wear long-sleeve shirts and not have to worry about jackets while we were out and about.

The average nighttime temperature in Asheville during October is 48 degrees. So, we were still able to camp in a tent. This was daunting to me at first because I HATE being cold, but it wasn’t bad. We wore warm pajamas and topped our sleeping bags with thick blankets and we were just fine!

Also according to Google, there are only an average of 5 days of rain in October in this area. We were blessed with gorgeous weather during our trip and didn’t have any rain!

We loved feeding the ducks on the lake at Asheville KOA East.
(Cool, sunny days are what you can expect in Asheville in October.)

There’s So Much to Do

A lot of tourist destinations shut down when the temperatures begin to drop. However, that’s when the Carolina high country kicks into a higher gear.

Sure, summer is fun in the mountains – we camped in Asheville last summer and had a blast! But fall in the mountains is magical and there are so many fun things to do!

Aside from looking at the beautiful autumn leaves and enjoying the mild weather, the mountains offer plenty of fun activities throughout the fall months.

One of the main reasons we decided to do a fall camping trip was to go apple picking! (I highly recommend Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard.) There are also pumpkin patches, Halloween activities, tons of breweries, festivals, corn mazes, etc.

And fall is the perfect time to go hiking in the mountains. The dozens of waterfalls near Asheville are even more beautiful when surrounded by colorful fall leaves. We saw Looking Glass Falls during our trip and it was gorgeous!

The apples at Stepp's Hillcrest Orchard are HUGE!
(The girls loved picking apples!)
North Carolina waterfall during autumn.
(Looking Glass Falls is stunning in the fall!)

Camping is fun at any time of the year, but fall camping in Asheville, North Carolina is spectacular!

Fun for the whole family, solo, or as a romantic getaway – there’s no wrong way to do it!

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