Autumn Adventure Camping Possibilities

Campers who love to chase adrenaline won’t want to hang up their mountain bikes, kayaks or kiteboards just because summer’s over.  Instead of parking the RV for the season, why not take advantage of smaller crowds and cooler weather to enjoy your favorite adventure sport? Autumn RV camping can be spectacular when you’re parked in a forest of fall colors, so there’s really no reason not to take at least one more trip this autumn.  Here’s how.

Autumn Adventure Camping Idea #1: Kiteboarding & RV Camping Cape Hatteras

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Cape Hatteras National Seashore, on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, is a primo kiteboarding destination, and home to some pretty fine autumn RV camping, too.  If kiting is your favorite way to play, there’s nothing quite like the autumn winds that hit Hatteras.

The Frisco campground operated by the National Park Service is open through November. It offers campsites among the secluded dunes on the Atlantic side of Hatteras Island.  Legendary Pamlico Sound is a short distance away, so you’ll have two nearby choices for kiteboarding venues.  Just in case you haven’t tried the sport before, outfitters on Hatteras Island can fix you up with lessons and gear.  The national park RV campground is comfortable, but without hook-ups, so if you like more amenities there’s a private campground at Frisco Woods five minutes away.

Autumn Adventure Camping Idea #2: Cuyuna Country SRA Single Track and Camping

Two hours north of Minneapolis, Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area at Ironton, MN is a single track rider’s best autumn destination.  In the first place, you’re going to find twenty-five miles of groomed trails twisting and turning their way among twenty abandoned iron mining lakes.  The Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trail System is gaining notoriety with riders around the country, with five separate units of clearly marked and superbly-maintained trails.  That should be enough to get single track fans packing.

But just in case you’re wondering about the RV camping, you’ll also find the camping at Portsmouth campground on Portsmouth Mine Pit Lake close to the trails and plenty comfortable in autumn.

Autumn Adventure Camping Idea #3: Autumn Gales Sea Kayaking, Stonington, CT

For campers whose adventure sport is sea kayaking, the annual Autumn Gales event is a not-to-be-missed fall adventure. Coaches from several countries convene each October at the New England Science & Sailing Centre in Stonington, CT to work with a fortunate few.  Taking advantage of the optimal waters of Fishers Island Sound, the group spends several days sharpening their skills through tiered training courses, in essentials such as rough water confidence and tide race surfing.

It’s easy to reach Stonington, just two hours away from Boston and under three hours’ drive from your New York RV rental pickup.  You’ll be happy to learn that Mystic KOA is only fifteen minutes from the event site and offers special campsite rates in September and October.  Why not plan to camp awhile at this scenic, friendly campground while learning new skills that will put you at the top of your paddling crew back home?

Did these ideas get your adrenaline flowing for another autumn adventure?  Pick one or plan your own, but don’t stop camping just because the crowds went home.  There’s a place that’s perfect for you to find adventure and enjoy the comfort and convenience of autumn RV camping, while you’re at it.  We’re always here to help with the right RV!

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Enjoying the Connecticut Fall Colors on an RV Trip

The beautiful yellow, orange and red leaves of fall are never better than in Connecticut. You can take an autumn RV trip to this state from the middle to late September to enjoy the brilliant displays, and you can remain until the beginning of November if you so desire, marveling at the fall foliage the entire time. In addition to the leaf peeping, you can also take part in many outdoor activities that the whole family will enjoy.

Two areas within Pachaug State Forest, near Voluntown, offer tremendous fall color viewing. These are the Green Falls Area and the Chapman Area. Two rivers run through the forest and you will discover why many tribes came to live in this area long ago. Fish, hike or mountain bike here. You will find nature trails to explore.

Mohawk State Forest is another spot where you can witness the changing colors and take in panoramic views. This is a wildlife sanctuary where you can hike and get to feel more one with nature. Two of the favorite trails here are the Mohawk Trail and the Mattatuck Trail. Looking out over the Catskills is an inspiring experience.

Thomaston, Litchfield, Connecticut in Autumn

An October view of Thomaston, Litchfield, Connecticut

This is the perfect time of year to visit the Peoples State Forest, near Barkhamsted. The outdoor activities in this forest include hiking, bicycling and fishing. Stopping for a picnic is a treat, surrounded with blazing colors of autumn. Take the Henry Buck Trail into and through the woods and climb up to the overlook. The Turkey Vultures Ledges Trail is an easy hike and will take you less than a half a mile to a scenic view. Be sure not to miss the Nature Museum where you will see local historical artifacts and other geologic wonders from this region.

Camping time is almost over in Macedonia Brook State Park, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this park to the utmost during this autumn season. There are overlooks which provide magnificent views to the Catskill Mountains and the Taconic Mountains. To really get a full taste of fall leaf views, hike the Blue Trail across Cobble Mountain and a few other peaks. Enjoy the bubbling brooks and streams as you go.

The observation tower in Shenipsit State Forest is the main attraction. The Shenipsit Trail will take you right to it. Gaze into the distant landscape while imagining you can fly. There is nothing more relaxing. If you have your mountain bike along on your RV vacation, you can find trails for mountain biking. You can also hike here and there are spots to have a picnic and plenty of fishing available. The Connecticut River Valley has never looked better than from this vantage point in Shenipsit State Forest.

Check out the Heublein Tower in Talcott Mountain State Park. The Farmington River Valley will be a blanket of color from autumn’s glory. Then there is the stone tower in Sleeping Giant State Park near Hamden, Connecticut. This tower provides a 360-degree view looking south to Long Island and also to the north past Hartford. An extensive trail system will fulfill your every desire for hiking through the forests.

For more fall colors, you may wish to make your way to Mt. Tom State Park. This is near Litchfield where, once again, a stone tower offers stunning views from the top of Mt. Tom. It is a mile hike to get there and well worth the effort. If it isn’t too chilly, you may wish to go boating, or even swimming. But perhaps fishing will satisfy the desire for water sports this time of year.

Grab your camera to take some photos while you visit Goodwin Conservation Center in Hampton, Connecticut. The leaves are reflected in Pine Acres Pond and make viewing such an adventure. Stand on the wildlife-watching platform and take in the sights. There are fourteen miles of trails for hiking on this 2,000-acre property as well as the Richard D. Haley Native Plant Wildlife Gardens to enjoy.

Last but not least is Dennis Hill State Park. From the summit of Dennis Hill you will be looking out over New Hampshire and the gorgeous Green Mountains of Vermont. At 1,627 feet above sea level, the air is fresh and clean, the views spectacular and the peace incredible.

Pick one or all of the destinations above for an amazing fall trip in an RV. There is nothing more relaxing and inspiring than a Connecticut road trip to marvel at nature’s beauty.

Picture credits: The picture of Fall Foliage in Michigan is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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Summer College Baseball: A Great Way to See New England

By Robert Pirozzi, Travel New England

Picture of a baseball home plateEvery summer college baseball players all over the country head off to play summer ball in wooden bat summer college baseball leagues. For fans of the game, these games are a great way to see guys who will become the stars of tomorrow…

New England is no stranger to summer college baseball. There are no fewer than three leagues that field teams in across New England. The great thing about summer ball is that while taking in some of these games you can also visit some of the best vacation spots in the region!

Start on Cape Cod

Cape Cod, one of the country’s top vacation destinations, is also home to the famous Cape Cod Baseball League. Founded in 1885, the Cape Cod Baseball League has seen the likes of greats such as Nomar Garciaparra, Thurman Munson, Mark Texeira, and Jason Varitek. The league fields 10 teams across the Cape so you are never far from a game, and best of all – you’re on the Cape with great beaches and so much more summer fun…

Take a Side Trip to Martha’s Vineyard

If you have not had enough sun and fun on the Cape, you can always hop the ferry over to “the Vineyard” where you will find more sun and fun and another summer College Baseball team. This time it is the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks who use the Martha’s Vineyard High School field for their home games. The Sharks are members of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League. While on-island be sure to check out the Flying Horses Carousel in Oak Bluffs – it’s the oldest platform carousel in the United States.

Staying with a Coastal Theme

If you want to keep your vacation close to the coast you are in luck. Both the Futures Collegiate Baseball League and the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) field teams in cities and towns along the coast. Where can you go? How about:

  • Old Orchard Beach, Maine to see the Raging Tide.
  • Newport, Rhode Island to see the Gulls. Be sure to check out Newport’s famous mansions while there.
  • South Kingston in Rhode Island’s beautiful South County to see the Ocean State Waves.
  • Groton, Connecticut to see the Mystic Schooners. While in the area, be sure to check out Mystic Seaport.

Time for Some Mountains

If you have tired of the seacoast how about heading to the Berkshires in western Massachusetts. This beautiful region is home to the North Adams Steeplecats and the Pittsfield Suns. While in the Berkshires you may want to take in some of the great theater for which the region is so famous, or visit one of the areas fabulous museums such as the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, or the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASSMoCA) in North Adams.

If that is not enough you can head to Montpelier in the foothills of the Green Mountains in Vermont to take in the Vermont Mountaineers. You are in the State Capital of Vermont and a stone throw from all this beautiful region has to offer.

There you have it. By simply following America’s pastime in its simplest and least expensive form – summer college ball – you can take in some of the best vacation spots that New England has to offer.

About the Author

Robert Pirozzi is the Publisher of the website Travel New England. He lives with his wife and son in a suburb west of Boston.

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An RV Adventure through the Connecticut River Valley

The lush and scenic countryside through the Connecticut River Valley is the perfect setting for a wonderful RV trip. You can begin your excursion in lovely Middletown, CT with plenty of sights to see right in the historic downtown area.

Plan a bit before you start driving. Work out your route. It should take you along Connecticut Highway 66 to 151, 149, 82, 148, 156, along Interstate 95, to Connecticut Highway 9 and back to Middletown, for a tour of the central part of the state that can’t be beat. Best time to go is from May through October.

Once on your way, you will soon come to Hurd State Park. There are many scenic views to enjoy of the Connecticut River in this great park. You can find RV camping at Nelson’s Family Campground in East Hampton. You are in close proximity to many spots for outdoor recreation when staying here. Fishing is great at the park, as well right next door in George Dudley Seymour State Park. You can catch carp, catfish, striped bass and plenty of types of trout. Lots of trails to hike, too!

If you want a relaxing time of it, stop at Machimoodus State Park where you can look out over the Salmon River, have a quiet picnic and enjoy the wildflowers abloom. Birders fall in love with this place, discovering juncos, bluebirds and phoebes flitting from branch to branch overhead. Hike the entire 300 acres along wooded trails. It’s an experience you won’t want to miss.

At the Nathan Hale Schoolhouse you will find an interesting story of Hale and his position as schoolmaster in this very spot. Thirty-three pupils studied here, happy with Hale’s tutelage. Further along on your drive you may want to stop at Goodspeed Opera House to enjoy some lively musical presentations. This theater offers many performances that will entertain and inspire you.

Venture out into the river and visit an island – Selden Neck State Park, that is. This uninhabited island contains 607 acres of tidal marshes, lush woodlands and amazing hiking trails. The next place to go for plenty of outdoor fun is the Nehantic State Forest Reserve, named for the Nehantic Indians who used to fish these streams.

When you come to Mt. Archer in your travels, be sure to experience the hiking available here. You will find some marvelous views, places to rest and interesting rock formations that will require a camera to capture the beauty to take home with you. Another sight to place on your itinerary is the Pratt House Museum. You can tour this home that was built in 1700, truly getting the feeling of how life was at the time. You are stepping back into the past as you move through the rooms, witnessing the way colonial home-making days unfolded.

As you move up the highway back towards Middletown, you should take the opportunity to get outside in the sun once again and visit Cockaponset State Forest. Here you will discover great swimming so you can cool off after mountain biking through the forests. Throw a line in the water and catch some fish. More fishing is available at Higganum Reservoir State Park as well as boating and hunting. You have just finished an exciting RV trip to the Connecticut River Valley and have memories that will last a lifetime. Come again!

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Scenic Train Rides for New England Fall Foliage

One of the joys of RV travel is that you get to see a lot of the great outdoors – well, at least everyone but the driver, who is hopefully keeping their eyes on the road. So if you would like to get out from behind the wheel and let someone else do the driving, how about a scenic train ride.

Scenic trains are a wonderful way to see fall foliage in New England. Following is a list of the scenic train rides in New England:

Any of these would provide a fun and relaxing way to take in fall foliage in a very diverse set of environments. So get out from behind the wheel and let someone else drive…

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This blog post was provided by Travel New England. Be sure to check out their new New England Fall Foliage and New England Fall Foliage Drives sections.

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Discovering Connecticut’s Litchfield Hills by RV

The lovely Litchfield Hills region of Western Connecticut may be just the remedy your family needs for too much time spent indoors. RV camping in Connecticut is always scenic, and this region’s campgrounds offer a big dose of scenery and hospitality. It’s also easy to reach from East Coast hubs allowing you to drive the scenic byways of the Litchfield Hills for a weekend, a leisurely week or a month-long RV camping excursion.

Litchfield Hills Scenic Drives
There is really no way to visit the Litchfield Hills without finding yourself on a scenic drive. We’ve picked two favorite routes to visit by RV that promise luxurious scenery out every window.

  • North Litchfield Hills Scenic Drive: This loop along Highway 44 north from Winsted, CT to Canaan, south to the Housatonic State Forest, then back along Hwy 7 to Canaan is only sixty miles long but packed with outstanding scenery. Interesting side trips include Dennis Hill State Park and Haystack Mountain State Park near Norfolk. Once you’ve explored the historic town of Canaan, head south on Hwy 7, where you’ll be treated to views of the Housatonic River Valley. Before swinging east again on Hwy 272, stop to photograph the West Cornwall Bridge. Special points along the way: Housatonic Meadows State Park and Falls Village.
  • New Milford Loop Tour: Another drive featuring classic New England villages, lush forest land and the gentle hills that give this region its name starts in New Milford. You’ll travel north along Hwy 7 shadowing the Housatonic River and enjoying villages such as Gaylordsville and Kent. North of Kent, take a side trip off Hwy 7 to Kent Falls State Park and Macedonia Brook State Park before heading southwest to Warren. Then it’s a picturesque drive south on Hwy 45 to Lake Waramaug, where you’ll definitely want to spend some time. Head south on Hwy 202 back to New Milford, but let your RV continue south to Brookfield and Lake Lillinonah, a day trip in themselves.

Litchfield Hills RV Camping
Did we mention the gorgeous RV campgrounds nestled in Connecticut’s Litchfield Hills? Parks like Hemlock Hill Camp in Litchfield are family-oriented and close to dozens of outdoor activities. Another favorite RV campground in the area is Cozy Hills in Bantam, CT, where pine-shaded campsites and a 12-acre lake perfect for paddling greet road-weary travelers. One more scenic suggestion for RV camping in the area is Lone Oak Campsites in East Canaan, CT.

Turn off the TV, pack your hiking shoes and head for the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut. Rolling through the soothing scenery by RV will restore your spirits and provide fantastic vacation memories.

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Gemstone Hunting RV Camping Ideas in Connecticut

For a fantastic northeastern gem hunting experience, plan some motorhome camping time in Connecticut. There are numerous old and currently operating mine sites that allow prospecting.

If you choose Connecticut for your next RV camping and prospecting trip, definitely do some research on the Roxbury Falls area, where some of the world’s best almandine garnets have been mined. Start at Green’s Farm Garnet Mine near Roxbury. This former mine site still yields deep red garnets.

Another easy place to prospect in Connecticut is Old Mine Park in Trumbull. The Park Rangers can guide you to a construction site where topaz, beryl and an interesting form of emerald are being found.

These are only a few of the gem fee mining sites that can spark an entire RV camping vacation. Whether you find yourself hunting Herkimer Diamonds in New York, or digging for sapphires in Montana, it’s a great way to spend time out in the wild with your family. Dig some more for fee mining sites in America, and prospecting is liable to become your favorite motorhome camping activity!

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