One of the best times of the year to travel and take in the beauty of nature is the fall. Specifically, November offers travelers a unique perspective as autumn turns into winter in many areas. From snow-capped mountains to canopies of orange leaves here are seven of the best destinations in America to RV camp this November!
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Arches National Park
The red sandstone arches in Arches National Park accented with blue sky, fall foliage and a dusting of snow is spectacular. We have spent a week in November at Arches National Park two years in a row. Spring can be busy with ATV rallies, summer is sweltering and crowded but November is quiet, and the weather is perfect.
You can include Moab, Canyonlands National Park, and Dead Horse Point State Park on your fall visit to Utah. We love this area so much we have a series on the blog to help plan your trip here.
- Where to Stay: Ultimate Guide to Camping Near Arches National Park
- Our article on how to Visit Arches National Park in a Day
- Rent an RV near Arches on Outdoorsy
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Nestled in the heart of Appalachia, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a perfect November destination for those who desire beautiful forests and towering peaks. Located in Tennessee and North Carolina, this is the most popular National Park in the entire United States.
The dense forests can provide you with activities like exploring Cade’s Cove, hiking part of the official Appalachian Trail, taking scenic drives through the mountains, and more! You can even look for local wildlife like elk, whitetail deer, black bear, and tons of bird species. See more at the official NPS website
Ozark National Forest
About 700 miles straight west from Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the Ozark National Forest. This is a vast territory that covers over one million acres in northwestern Arkansas. Some popular activities in the region include fishing the many creeks and streams on the property, going fossil hunting, and taking in nature through hundreds of miles of hiking trails.
There are five different RV recreation areas within the forest which makes it the perfect location with tons of variety.
The Ozark National Forest is very family-friendly and provides an excellent wilderness experience without the hustle and bustle of the busier attractions.
- Ozark National Forest Website
- Where to Stay: Camping in the Forest
- Rent an RV near Ozark National Forest
Torreya State Park
One of the most underrated RV stops in the country is Torreya State Park. If you desire some warmer weather this fall, this Florida location is the spot for you! This lush area is filled with great hiking trails, exotic waterfalls, and tons of recreation opportunities. Some of the popular activities include boat tours, horseback riding, scuba diving, and so much more. You can escape the dropping temperatures and come for a warm and inviting stay.
This is truly a place for anyone. Even after a busy day on the water or the trails, there are many nightlife opportunities at the amphitheater, visitor center, and main lodge.
- Torreya State Park Website
- Where to RV camp: Torreya State Park Campground
- Check for available RV rentals near here
Colorado National Monument
The far west side of Colorado at the monument has a mild climate perfect for growing fruit and enjoying late fall in warm weather. Colorado National Monument, one of the state’s most beautiful parks, features hiking and biking trails and opportunities for rock climbing and photography. If you want to use this as a base camp, you can venture to the higher country, on the Grand Mesa for some snowy activities.
RVing in late fall can be unoredictable in Colorado, but with the moderate climate here, you can still enjoy warm sunshine late into the fall. With the Grand Junction airport to fly into, you could have a fall road trip starting here and heading west to Moab area.
- We recommend staying in Saddlehorn Campground inside the park.
Lake Guntersville State Park
Along the banks of the Tennessee River in Northeast Alabama lies Lake Guntersville State Park. It is an outdoor family paradise with tons to offer. First off, Lake Guntersville is one of the best bass fishing lakes in the entire country. Beyond that there is a golf course, zipline, a beach complex, an outdoor nature center and miles upon miles of hiking and biking trails.
Lake Guntersville State Park is a country-leading site for bald eagle nesting and conservation.
You can enjoy full hookups, even in November, right along the shoreline.
- Where to Stay: Lake Guntersville State Park
- Rent an RV (even have it delivered) starting at $84 a night
Garner State Park
If you feel like experiencing what the southern part of the country has to offer, Garner State Park is a great destination. Nestled about 85 miles west of San Antonio, Garner State Park can give you a break from the hustle of city life with luscious forests and rolling hills.
Since it is so close to the city, it is very important to get a camping reservation early. People from near and far want to come here to experience the various hunting, fishing, and boating opportunities harbored here. When visiting in November, you will have the best weather possible to truly enjoy the experience.
Zion National Park
A very popular fall destination for RV camping is Zion National Park. This is one of the highest-rated parks in all of Utah and has a lot to offer to its visitors. There are three campgrounds that are open until the end of November. Going at this time of year allows you to avoid some of the harsh summer heat and fully enjoy nature.
The reason so many people flock to Zion is access to world-renowned hiking trails through the mountains and canyons of Utah. More specifically, taking backpacking treks and mountain biking trips are very popular.
Want to do a Utah big 5 National Park Road trip? We have detailed guides for
Glacier National Park
Although you might think that being near glaciers when winter is right around the corner is a bad idea, Glacier National Park can be seen without any pressure in November. Yes, the temperature will be dropping, but you can still cross-country ski, hike through the mountains, and so much more without heavy traffic.
Ideally, you may want to have an all-season RV to stay nice and cozy in the evenings. Although there are only two campgrounds open during this time, it will feel like you have the place to yourself, as long as you’re willing to brave the weather. Plus, there are no camping fees issued after November 1!
- Where to camp: Glacier National Park
- Rent an RV starting at $90 a night – check prices here for Glacier
- We suggest a small campervan for RVing in Glacier
Final Thoughts for RV Camping in November
The wonderful thing about RVing is extending the camping season into the fall. Tent camping would be rather cold at night in November, but you can be protected from the elements in an RV. You can stay cozy warm at night and enjoy the sunny autumn days. November brings fall foliage road trips and Thanksgiving meals.
If you don’t want to brave a long RV trip in bad weather, you could rent an RV once you arrive. Follow our advice on renting an RV by starting here: Should I rent an RV for my Trip? and reading 9 Foolproof was to find a Cheap RV to rent.
This is part of our series on RV destinations. Need more ideas for RV camping in the fall? Check these out:
- 11 Idyllic Places to Camp in September
- 11 Best Places to Camp in October
- How to be Prepared for Winter Weather on the Road
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