Fall is one of the best seasons for hiking—it’s not too hot or too cold, and in most parts of the country, the scenery is incredible.
Even though you can’t go wrong no matter where you choose to hike, there are some spots that are well-known for their spectacular sights this time of year.
Appalachian Trail, Eastern, US
As one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world, the Appalachians (which extend from Maine through northern Georgia), are most picturesque during the fall. Native trees and plants turn bright red, yellow, and orange hues, and there is a piece of the trail suited to every skill level.
Bear Lake Loop, Colorado
Colorado’s mountains are known for their beauty, and, in the fall, its peaks are freckled with foliage that gives the state’s exquisite snowcapped winter mountains a run for their money. The altitude might seem intimidating, but the trail is actually relatively reasonable for beginners.
Stowe Pinnacle, Vermont
There’s no question that Vermont has some of the best views of fall foliage anywhere in the world—making this trail a must-see during September and October. It’s not too long, just a little over three miles, and is dog-friendly, too!
Breakneck Ridge, New York
For the more advanced hiker, this five mile loop trail is one of the most popular in the state, especially during autumn when the ascent to the top is its most colorful. Aside from hiking, visitors can also canoe in the nearby Hudson.
Katy Trail, Missouri
The longest bike trail in the country, this 225-mile stretch—which connects parts of St. Louis and Kansas City—offers cliffside paths and treks through the state’s quaint farmland, which looks even better decked in fall foliage.