But many Jellystone Parks are also great base camps for fall foliage tours.
“Most Jellystone Parks are in rural settings and many of them are in great places for autumn leaf viewing during the change of seasons,” said Michele Wisher, vice president of marketing for Milford, Ohio-based Leisure Systems, Inc., the Milford, Ohio-based company that franchises Jellystone Park™ campgrounds across the U.S. and Canada.
Jellystone Parks near exceptional areas for fall foliage tours include campgrounds in the following locations:
— Bath, N.Y.: This park is located in the Finger Lakes Region of New York, which is a popular area for viewing fall colors.
— Bloomington, Ind.: This park is roughly a 30-minute drive from Brown County, which is a popular location for seeing fall foliage in Indiana.
— Cherokee, N.C.: This park is located close to the Blue Ridge Parkway, which is one of the most scenic drives in America, connecting Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina with Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.
— Fremont, Ind.: This park is five minutes away from Pokagon State Park, which has beautiful walking trails with fall colors.
— Garrattsville, N.Y.: This Upstate New York campground is near Cooperstown, which is a popular area for picking apples as well as fall foliage tours.
— Grayling, Mich.: This park is near the Au Sable River, which is a beautiful place for paddling in a canoe or kayak while enjoying the contrast of fall colors against the backdrop of pine trees.
— Luray, Va.: This park is close to the Skyline Drive, the scenic drive through Shenandoah National Park, which is noteworthy for the intensity and diversity of its fall colors.
— Mexico, N.Y.: This park has a “Leaf Lovers Weekend” Oct. 14 – 16 when campers are encouraged to visit local farms for apples and pumpkins. The annual salmon run will also be taking place on the Little Salmon River.
— Pittsfield, Ill.: On Oct. 14 – 15, the park will serve as a base camp for the Pike County Fall Color Drive (www.pikeil.org), a countywide event that encourages visitors to drive down country roads dotted with historic one room schoolhouses, country churches and fall color.
— Natural Bridge, Va.: This park is close to Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia.
— North Hudson, N.Y.: This park is in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains and has a lot of fall foliage which typically peaks around the last week of September.
— Sturbridge, Mass.: This park is near Old Sturbridge Village, the largest outdoor history museum in the Northeast. The 200-acre village, which depicts a rural New England town in the 1830s, has beautiful fall colors.
— Sturgeon Bay, Wis.: This park is located in Door County, which is one of the more scenic locations in Wisconsin for fall colors.
In addition to offering RV and tent sites, Jellystone Parks have rental accommodations. For more information about Jellystone Parks across North America, please visit www.campjellystone.com.