Autumn means hunting, football, pumpkin-spiced everything, and Fall foliage from coast to coast.
Here are seven of the best Fall hiking trips to help you take advantage of the changing seasons.
Jordan Pond Loop, Acadia National Park, Maine
The 3 mile loop around Jordan Pond is an easy trek for most hikers, but the stunning scenery make it one of the most popular. The trail is also noted as one of the best for canine companions. Fall + Fido = Fun.
Cedar Falls, Petit Jean State Park, Arkansas
Known as “Pretty” Jean by locals, this state park was named the best in Arkansas in 2017. While most hikers are used to gaining elevation, the Cedar Falls trail takes you down in to the Arkansas River Valley, ending at a picturesque waterfall.
Coyote Peak Loop, Napa Valley State Park, Calistoga, California
A moderate, 4.5 mile loop, the trail runs alongside Ritchey Creek. On the way up to the Coyote Peak summit, hikers can marvel at the coastal redwoods and Napa Valley views. If the hiking isn’t enough, Calistoga is also known as the “Mud Bath Capital.”
Central Park, New York City, New York
Who says city folks can’t get in on the Autumn hiking action? From the Ravine to the North Woods, Central Park plays host to nearly 60 hiking trails full of foliage and wildlife.
Lost Maples State Natural Area, Vanderpool, Texas
Fall foliage in Texas? Look no further than Lost Maples State Natural Area. Made up of rolling hills and canyons surrounding the upper Sabinal River, Lost Maples contains 11 miles of hiking trails.
The reserve is filled with junipers, maples, and whitetail deer.
Old Rag Mountains, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
The toughest hike on this list, Old Rag Mountain is a 9 mile trail that involves some climbs and scrambles that can challenge even experienced hikers.
But those who make the hike are rewarded with breathtaking views of the yellow and orange landscape.
Bear Lake Nature Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Looping around Bear Lake, this short (0.7 mile), heavily used trail provides plenty of lake and mountain views. But it’s the dense population of aspen trees that make this area a memorable hiking destination.