Peak Season with our CampKeepers
Contrary to popular belief, the peak camping season isn’t necessarily the height of summer. With the fall comes cooler weather, changing leaves, and fewer crowds that make it perfect for spending a day exploring and a night cozying up next to a fire while gazing at the stars.
For the next six weeks, The Tentrr Peak Season Fall Guide will focus on one region each week and highlight the incredible activities and events that are currently “peaking” in that area and why now is the time to visit!
In compiling this guide, we asked our local site hosts for their thoughts and opinions on what local fall activities and events campers should know about, but many hosts also had incredible fall exploration opportunities on their sites as well that we didn’t want you to miss!
Here are a few of our favorites.
Hall Smyth, River’s Edge
At the height of every summer, the owners of Delaware Delicacies Smokehouse build an eel weir in the East Branch of the Delaware River that can be seen in front of River’s Edge campsite. The weir is made up of two stone walls, each about 300 feet long, that form a V in the river to funnel the eels into a wooden trap. The weir and trap must be completed by September before the arrival of thousands of eels that are migrating to the Sargasso Sea to spawn. Throughout September, campers can see the fisherman harvest the eels from the weir that they will then smoke and sell to restaurants throughout New York City.
Tasmine Boylan, Orchard View
Orchard View campsite is on Wright's Farm – a five generation family run farm located in Gardiner, NY. Fall is one of the busiest times on the farm as they grow 100,000 bushels of apples each year. In addition to apples, they also grow cherries, peaches, plums, nectarines, berries, tomatoes, pumpkins, and squash. Campers can walk over to the farm market to go apple picking or buy a cup of hot cider and their famous apple cider donuts. For the colder nights in the fall, they also sell apple wood which is harvested and dried after they prune their trees. Applewood is perfect for your tent’s wood stove as it’s slow burning and has a nice fruity scent.
Steve Adams, Adams River Run
With the slightly colder temperatures, fall is one of the best times to go fishing. The colder water often means small bait fish head to shallower waters which tend to be warmer. Popular fish like perch, trout, and bass tend to follow these small fish meaning rivers like ours are suddenly flooded with fish you can catch right from your campsite.
UP NEXT: THE MAINE EVENT
Be sure to check out next week’s installment with The Maine Event! Find out why it’s peak season for lobsters in Maine, the best places to celebrate National Lobster Day, and see our site hosts’ favorite lobster shacks!