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Old 07-17-2016, 10:07 PM   #1
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First time New England Fall 2016...advice please?

We have a schedule and reservations all the way from Austin on August 24 to arrive in Acadia NP Sept 15th (14 stops). After that, we are winging it...do we need to be concerned with needing to make advance campground reservations after Labor Day and / or what kind of crowds should we expect in the area for the Fall color seekers ?

Our plan is to stay North until the leaves start changing and head back to Texas via Gettysburg and then the Blue Ridge parkway.

Your advice would be welcome! Thanks

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Old 07-18-2016, 07:58 AM   #2
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You'll enjoy Acadia in September. I hope you plan on at least a week there . Between the carriage trails,hiking,Park loop road theres plenty to see and do for a month. Foliage in New england is fickle. Best bet is to keep an eye on the online foliage reports and ask locals where the color is. Late september into late October is generally prime color months
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Old 07-18-2016, 08:05 AM   #3
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When you leave Acadia do yourselves a big favor and go through the White Mountains of NH, (Kancamagus Hwy) then in to Vermont and the Green Mountains and finally in to NY and the Adirondacks. Beautiful states and perfect in the fall.
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When you leave Acadia do yourselves a big favor and go through the White Mountains of NH, (Kancamagus Hwy) then in to Vermont and the Green Mountains and finally in to NY and the Adirondacks. Beautiful states and perfect in the fall.
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Old 07-18-2016, 08:56 AM   #5
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We where out east two years ago and made advance reservations for all of our campgrounds. Why? They fill up fast with the caravan excursion that take place in the fall looking at the fall foliage. One camp ground in VT stated that their entire campground was reserved for two entire weeks by a tour company for the fall foliage excursion that were taking place.


So my advice is book your campground reservations in NH, VT and NY if you are planning on camping in the fall.
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Old 07-18-2016, 01:37 PM   #6
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If you stay into October, be aware that state parks begin closing in mid-October. So do many commercial RV parks.
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Old 07-18-2016, 01:48 PM   #7
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Ausstar,,,,,,As you do,,,,I also live here in the Austin area,,,,but I was born and raised in the Green Mountains of Vermont. It doesn't matter where you are in northern New England, you're going to be blown away with the colors. Exact days and weeks of the fall months is not predictable, so check on-line for the forecasts of the areas. Full campsites can be a problem and probably will be if you don't reserve ahead of time. We spent the summer and fall of 2008 in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.....don't miss it.....especially the Linn Cove Viaduct at or near the 304 exist on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
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Old 07-18-2016, 02:16 PM   #8
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My only suggestion is to NOT stay at Gettysburg Campground....we just were there and it is terrible. Enjoy sounds like a lot of fun!
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Old 07-18-2016, 02:34 PM   #9
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We live on the MA/NH border and make a point to visit the Mt Washington Valley every Columbus Day weekend. There are a few campgrounds in the Twin Mountain area that always seem to have space available. Our favorite is Beech Hill. We think the Mt Washington Valley area in some ways blows away the Kangamangus Highway. It's a little less traveled and that may be it's appeal for us. It also has some nice waterfall's if you're into hiking and some of the mountain views of Crawford Notch can be breath taking if hit the foliage just right. Also, be sure to check out the Berkshires in western MA if you have time. They also provide some nice color that lasts a little later than norther NH/VT.

Be aware that most of the campgrounds in MA/NH/VT shut down after Columbus Day and many don't stock their stores after mid September. If you find yourself still in the area after Columbus Day check out Goose Hollow in the Waterville valley area they stay open all year.
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We have a schedule and reservations all the way from Austin on August 24 to arrive in Acadia NP Sept 15th (14 stops). After that, we are winging it...do we need to be concerned with needing to make advance campground reservations after Labor Day and / or what kind of crowds should we expect in the area for the Fall color seekers ?

Our plan is to stay North until the leaves start changing and head back to Texas via Gettysburg and then the Blue Ridge parkway.

Your advice would be welcome! Thanks

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Don't know what size rig you have but be aware that New England CGs were made for smaller rigs. If you are over 36' it gets very interesting at times. Also be aware of heights in CGs. Many of them have makeshift electric lines that are about 10'-11' high. It is easy to take one down; I know, I did! Everything in New England is generally "tighter" than out west. Have fun.
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