Fall Boating Destinations: East Coast
Fall means a few things: football, sweaters, and colder weather. October is the month that really welcomes the fall season with crisper air and beautiful reds, oranges, and yellows found in nature. The best place to take in these seasonal changes is on the water of course! You may not be able to take your vessel out for water skiing or your favorite summer activity anymore, but if you live on the east coast, these places will give you a reason to get your boat out on the water.
If you have heard of the legendary foliage of South Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, you need to visit Lake Jocassee. The 7,565-acre, man-made lake is located in Devil’s Fork State Park, but offers many clear views of the Blue Ridge. This location is different from the rest on this list because visitors can see more than just the beautiful trees. Native marsh grass here during this time goes from green to shimmery gold and amber colors on the banks of the lake. The shoreline here is undeveloped, and you can see waterfalls cascade into the water. If you want to stay awhile, there are boat-in campsites at the State Park, so you can launch your vessel here and spend the day on the water.
Another gorgeous area to take in the reds, oranges, yellows, and golds of the fall season is Lake Tellico. This lake covers over 15,000 acres and includes 373 miles of shoreline. You can find waterways here that connect to the Tennessee River and Fort Loudon Lake as well. The water in Lake Tellico backs up into the Great Smoky Mountains, where visitors can get a very unique sight of hillsides covered in the autumn-colored leaves that hover over the pure blue waters. If you want to make this trip even more exciting, you can cruise your boat down the Tennessee River for a scenic route to the University of Tennessee for a football game. This is a great option for nature lovers who are also football enthusiasts.
The town of Bar Harbour leads the way to the entrance of the Acadia National Park. If you take your boat out here during the fall season, you will notice beautiful foliage and the backdrop of the National Park. The coastline is lined with rocks and beautiful autumn scenery. While Bar Harbour is beautiful throughout the year, autumn is the time where this town becomes a haven for many visitors. There are plenty of public and private marinas available if you want to stay for an extended time and need to make a reservation for overnight dockage. You do not even need to own your own boat to take in the views. Other opportunities to see the beautiful views on the water include charters, rentals, and cruises. Make sure to stop at one of their seafood restaurants as well!
Lake George is the largest lake in its area, offering thirty miles of shoreline. Here you can view the breathtaking Adirondack mountainsides covered in trees sporting the brightest autumn colors contrasting against the clear blue skies. This lake has the perfect 360-degree view in early October, so you should plan your visit now! The lake offers boat tours, rentals, and charters, but you can also launch your own vessel.
Another lake by the Adirondack Mountains with gorgeous fall foliage is Lake Placid. There are three marinas located on this lake, and a free public boat launch so you can take your boat here and control the tour. This is another spot that gets attention during October, so go now! Since it is in the same area as Lake George, why not visit both?
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