The Best of Autumn Walks

The Best of Autumn Walks
Take an invigorating walk during the autumn months and view splashes of yellow, orange, red and russet as the leaves change hues before winter tips its hat. The crisp, cool air and and breadth of colors can do wonders for the spirit. Lace your walking shoes and walk along pathways in New England and the Pacific Northwest that offer a little something extra.
 

Blue Trail

Take a walk along the Blue Trail in Macedonia Brook State Park in Kent, Connecticut, to view fall foliage surrounded by a mountainous backdrop. Recommended by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection and Travel Notes Organization as one of the best fall foliage sites, the trail crosses Cobble Mountain and other peaks for views of the Taconic and Catskill mountains. Delight in colors like yellow, bronze, orange and red from the leaves of beech, maple, hickory and oak trees. Other sights include springs and streams. Pick up a trail map from the park's ranger station to guide your walk.



Macedonia Brook State Park

159 Macedonia Brook Road

Kent, CT 06757

860-927-3238

ct.gov

 
 

Fall Creek National Recreational Trail

Stroll along the Fall Creek National Recreational Trail in Willamette National Forest, Oregon, and enjoy the the different leaf shapes of dogwoods, maples, hemlocks, alders and cedars. The trail meanders along a forested creek and spans for 14 miles. Take a shorter route for a more leisurely walk, and pass through sights like deep pools, creeks and whitewater along the way. This trail is ranked as one of the top ten autumn escape destinations by the Great Outdoor Recreation Pages. Expect to see second-growth and old-growth Douglas fir trees shading the trail, as well as vine maple, red alder and bigleaf maple dogwood. View ancient red cedars and western hemlocks that have stood in the forest for 300 to 500 years.



Willamette National Forest

Vida, OR 97488

541-225-6300

fs.fed.us

Cape Cod Rail Trail

The Cape Cod Rail Trail offers a scenic fall foliage walking tour as it follows a former railroad for 22 miles through towns like Dennis, Orleans and Harwich. The trail is featured in Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation's Fall Foliage Routes and is listed as one of the best fall foliage sites in America by Travel Notes. Enjoy the water views surrounded by the varying leaf and needle shades of scrub pine, scrub oak and red cedar. Take a break and spend time relaxing on the beach side of the trail. The Cape Cod Rail Trail is also used by runners and cyclists.



Cape Cod Rail Trail

East Harwich, MA 02645

508-896-3491

mass.gov

 

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.

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