Best campsites for fall foliage just a short drive from Chattanooga

Staff file photo / Fall foliage is visible from the overlook at Cloudland Canyon State Park.

The best time for camping is the first couple of weekends after the air first starts to feel crisp in the morning - that long-awaited departure from the heavy blanket of humidity that greets us on most summer days in Chattanooga. The more pleasant temperatures also usher in the always-stunning effect of the leaves' transformation from shades of green to vibrant yellows, oranges and reds.

It's comforting to know there are forests full of fall colors waiting to see us. Here are a few of the spots we've been daydreaming about.

Cloudland Canyon State Park - Lookout Mountain, Georgia

Whether you prefer to enjoy the views as close as possible to your car or during a hamstring-challenging ascent of more than 1,000 feet, Cloudland Canyon has the leaf-peeping experience you are looking for.