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5 Northeast Campgrounds You Should Explore this October

Features & Advice | Patrick Clarke | October 03, 2016

5 Northeast Campgrounds You Should Explore this October

PHOTO: New Hampshire's Pawtuckaway State Park. (Photo via Flickr/angela n) 

Temperatures across the Northeast may be dropping as summer gives way to autumn, but with gas prices still relatively low and the leaves beginning to change, October is the month to head out and experience some of the region's top campgrounds.

Whether you're seeking the warmth and luxury of a cabin or prefer to rough it in the wilderness, there are plenty of elite campgrounds to choose from.

Here are five that should be on your list in 2016.

Raccoon Branch Campground

PHOTO: Raccoon Branch Campground. (Photo via Flickr/Scott Thiessen) 

Where: Sugar Grove, Virginia

Located at the base of Dickey Knob in the George Washington & Jefferson National Forest, Virginia's Raccoon Branch Campground is open through Nov. 30, meaning visitors still have plenty of time to take in the eye-popping fall foliage that surrounds it. 

Hike Dickey Knob Trail for sensational views of Sugar Grove and Rye Valley or go fishing in the nearby creek.

Pawtuckaway State Park Campground

PHOTO: Pawtuckaway State Park. (Photo via Flickr/angela n) 

Where: Nottingham, New Hampshire

New Hampshire's Pawtuckaway State Park is one of the largest in the state and is named after the nearby lake and mountains. 

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Along the shores of Pawtuckaway Lake is where you'll find the state park campground. Most of the campground's 190-plus sites offer views of the lake and campers are able to rent canoes and kayaks. 

The Treehouse Camp at Maple Tree Campground

PHOTO: Gathland State Park. (Photo via Flickr/Fred Schroeder) 

Where: Rohrersville, Maryland

Situated northeast of Harpers Ferry, Western Maryland's Treehouse Camp at Maple Tree Campground boasts a handful of unique accommodations, including tree houses, tree cottages and a brand new Hobbit House, which is open year-round.

The campground backs up to the Appalachian Trail and features a fully screened-in Picnic Pavilion where campers can hold events ranging from group gatherings to weddings. 

Pine Cradle Lake Family Campground

Where: Rome, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania's Pine Cradle Lake Family Campground is easily one of the Keystone State's best kept secrets.

Located in the Endless Mountains just a few miles south of the Pennsylvania-New York border, this idyllic campground surrounds an 18 acre lake and features cabins and cottages along with RV and tent sites. 

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While visitors may have missed this past weekend's Little Pumpkin Halloween, there are still a pair of Spooktacular Halloween events on tap for the next two upcoming weekends, where campers can decorate a pumpkin, compete for prizes and walk a haunted trail.

Cranberry Lake Campground

PHOTO: Cranberry Lake, New York. (Photo via Flickr/Kathy Sturr

Where: Cranberry Lake, New York

For the best fall camping in Upstate New York, head to Cranberry Lake for a scenic getaway sure to be packed with an array of outdoor activities, including hiking, fishing and boating.

Time may be running out to enjoy one of the largest remote areas in New York (the campground is only open until Oct. 9). But if hiking is your passion, this campground must be on your bucket list. After all, Cranberry Lake is home to up to 50 miles of developed trails. 

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