5 Best State Park Campsites in the Northeast

There's nothing like autumn camping in the Northeast region of the U.S. 

5 Best State Park Campsites in the Northeast

Camping in the Northeast (especially in the early fall!) is a bucket list item for avid campers, and if you’ve ever experienced it for yourself, it’s easy to see why. There’s something for everyone here, whether you love the cool, crisp air in the mountains or the shimmering coastline of the Atlantic. Take your gear to these five best state park campsites and experience the beauty and peace of the Northeast in the best possible way.

Allagash Wilderness Waterway, ME

If you’re into paddling and primitive camping, you’ll want to plan your next adventure here. The 92-mile waterway takes you along a middle-of-nowhere journey that’s nothing short of breathtaking. There are also tons of hiking trails to explore, along with old railroads and trains that make you feel like you’ve traveled back in time.

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Letchworth State Park, Castile, NY

The Genesee River and gorge create a beautiful backdrop for camping. In the fall, the bursts of bright orange, red, and yellow along the river gorge make the entire trip worthwhile. With river rafting and more than 66 miles of hiking trails, it’s no surprise this park has been voted the number one attraction in New York State. 

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Rocky Neck State Park, East Lyme, CT

By far one of the most diverse parks in Connecticut, Rocky Neck is simply stunning year-round. The area is teeming with birds and other wildlife, which are best seen from the viewing platforms in the saltwater marsh. Beautiful beaches, saltwater fishing and swimming, camping, and hiking make this the perfect site for families. 

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Little River State Park, Waterbury, VT

One of Vermont’s most visited parks, Little River is a destination for campers, hikers, and outdoor enthusiasts of all sorts. The site was once an early settlement that later become flooded, and you can still see the remnants of old saw mills, cemeteries, bridges, and other vestiges.

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Elk Neck State Park, North East, MD

Home of the historic Turkey Point Lighthouse, this state park remains a family favorite place to stay and play. Most notable are the miles of diverse hiking trails, including a challenging-yet-rewarding three-mile trek to the White Clay Cliffs that overlook the Chesapeake Bay. 

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Alli Hill is a freelance content writer and mom of two. She spends most of her free time exploring the great outdoors by trail or by kayak. She is also the founder and director of FreelanceSpeak, a blog to support other freelance creatives.