Camping Events This Fall That Are Worth The Drive

Book your trip during one of the many fall events occurring around the region. Check each region’s tourism bureau for a full fall calendar, but here are a few highlights.
New River Gorge Jump


Oct. 21
Bridge Day, New River Gorge National Park

On the third Saturday of October each year, the massive bridge across New River Gorge is closed for one of the largest extreme sport festivals in the world. Last year, 140,000 spectators watched BASE jumpers, rapellers and zip liners from 39 states leap from the bridge. (

Sept. – Oct.
Gauley Season, New River Gorge 

While the New River is the central feature of the national park, the nearby Gauley River is also a stunning natural wonder. Every September, a series of scheduled water releases from the Summersville dam create some of the best whitewater in the world. These releases occur through October and create a six-week long rafting season that draws rafters from across the globe. The West Virginia Department of Tourism calls Gauley Season “a whitewater roller coaster for six unforgettable weeks.” Campgrounds and rafting companies in the region rent equipment and lead guided tours for visitors.

Oct. 6-8
Confluence PumpkinFest, Laurel Highlands

Situated along the Great Allegheny Passage bike trail, the tiny hamlet of Confluence sits where the Youghiogheny and Casselman Rivers and Laurel Hill Creek meet. Each fall it hosts a festival with duck races, family activities and baked goods that celebrate the local harvest. (

Oct. 13-15
Fort Ligonier Days, Laurel Highlands

On Oct. 12, 1758, a key battle of the French & Indian War occurred at Fort Ligonier. Centuries later, a festival full of re-enactments, food, live music, and family events commemorates the day. (

Sept. 7-10
Erie’s Wild Rib Cook Off & Music Festival, Erie

This culinary event is anchored by the amazing food — but visitors come back year after year for the music. While in Erie camping, take a break from campfire meals and grab some award-winning ribs. This event, which has been running for nearly 30 years, has been featured on The Food Network. (


Some of Our Favorite Camping Spots Near Pittsburgh When the Leaves Change

How To Camp Like A Pro In the Fall

How to Best Enjoy Fall in The Forest

Categories: Travel