Best Leaf Peeper Hikes in New England

Best Leaf Peeper Hikes in New England
The northeastern states boast some of the most colorful fall foliage displays, according to the New England Vacations Guide. Leaf peepers can enjoy the numerous hiking trails in Connecticut, Vermont and Maine that feature paths lined with varying shades of fall colors. Vibrant hues of reds, oranges and yellows will greet you during your hikes.

Maine

Visit the Mt. Battie trail in Camden during fall and see sights such as rocky cliffs and views of the city harbor from the summit. The trail is a moderate climb with a length of about 1/2 mile that ends at the stone tower on the mountain's summit. The trail is a well-known destination during the fall season and is recommended by the New England Vacation's Guide as one of the top fall hikes in the state. Along the trail, expect to see autumn colors that range from golden yellow and burnt orange to rich reds. Trees include maple, birch, aspen, oak and ash trees. Visit from early to mid-October when the colors are in peak. You can access the trail from Camden Hills State Park east of Camden village on Route 1. Pick up a complimentary map of Mt. Battie trail from the state park's visitors center.

Vermont

Hike the 4-mile Mount Hunger loop trail in Vermont, ranked as one of the best New England fall foliage hikes by Authentic New England. The trail is also ranked as one of Vermont's best hiking trails in "Hiking Vermont: 60 of Vermont's Greatest Hiking Adventures" by Larry B. Pletcher. The trail has moderate difficulty level and offers scenic views from the 3,539-foot summit. Other trail features include views of the chain of Green Mountains, Mount Mansfield and a pastoral valley of open fields. The trail is surrounded by a thick forest of maple, yellow birch and beech trees in fall colors like crimson, gold and orange.

Connecticut

Trek a part of the Appalachian Trail to the summit of Bear Mountain in Salisbury, Connecticut. Ranked as one of the best fall foliage hikes in Connecticut by New England Vacations Guide, this section of the Appalachian Trail takes you to the highest peak in the state at Bear Mountain's summit of 2,316 feet. The trail length is seven miles round trip and offers colorful fall displays on the ascent. Bring your camera along and catch images of trees blazing with fall colors from varied types of trees like oak, maple, aspen, birch and beech. The peak fall foliage season is in mid-October.

Article Written By Rona Aquino

Rona Aquino began writing professionally in 2008. As an avid marathon runner and outdoor enthusiast, she writes on topics of running, fitness and outdoor recreation for various publications. Aquino holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and English from the University of Maryland College Park.