Fall is around the corner, the best time of the year to slow your roll and enjoy the changing landscapes of the land with some of the most gorgeous trails exploding with color. It’s time to get out and get walking – here are 6 U.S. hikes that stand out above the rest during the autumn months.
You can’t beat New England for some autumn awesomeness, so lets kick off the list with Camden Hills State Park. It’s bursting with trails with fall foliage that will have your eyes as big as saucers. Throw in the the crashing waves of the rugged coastline mixed with splendid mountain views and you’ve got the best of both worlds- quaint fishing town charm and crisp countryside landscapes.
Great Barrington, Massachusetts
Fall is the time to explore the beauty of this town, specifically in Beartown State Forest, when you will have the lay of the land and vibrant colors to yourself when summer tourists head back home. Lose yourself in autumn wonderland traversing the trails of this park- a perfect get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
You can’t go wrong with any trail here, but Abrams Falls is a spectacular sight October to November. The trail starts at Cades Cove and runs for 5 miles ending at the magical falls. Throw in a melange of bright colors in the sweeping forest and you’ve got one hell of a seasonal hike to take your breath away.
White Mountains National Forest, New Hampshire
This is a well known destination for fall lovers, captivating hikers with hidden valleys, lush forests painted in fiery reds, oranges and yellows. Zealand Road Trail is an easy five miler for beginners and popular Mount Monadnock offers a plethora of enchanting trails and views.
Brown County State Park, Indiana
This quaint colonial town draws artists from afar with the unrivaled beauty of the landscape , especially in fall. The park is Indiana’s largest state park, stretching over miles of rolling hills with plenty of hikes, horseback riding and mountain bike trails to keep you ooing and ahhing for hours.
Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah
You will find the fall splendor of your dreams hiking the Alpine Pond Nature Trail, an easy-moderate two mile double loop that guides hikers through luscious forests and golden meadows. For an added bonus, jump in your car, roll those windows down and enjoy a scenic drive around the park to really soak in the bursting color and coo, clean air.