Exercise is part of any healthy lifestyle. Hiking is great exercise. We consulted various sources, including national park websites and veteran hiker and writer Will Phoenix, to bring you some of the best fall hikes for the ultimate outdoorsmen.
1. Old Rag Mountain
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
One of the most popular hikes in the U.S. is the Old Rag Mountain hike in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia. The hike is a little challenging for those who have not done a lot of hiking. It is nine miles long but includes some rewarding autumnal views.
2. Cornish Estate Trail Loop
Cold Spring, New York
The Cornish Estate trail is a loop trail. It’s just over five miles long and is especially attractive in the fall. It’s even accessible by public transportation.
Hikers can take the Metro to Cold Spring and stroll from the train station to the actual the trailhead. In fact, hikers can even purchase additional, last minute trail snacks right there. After the hike, they can even enjoy dinner in Cold Spring.
3. May Lake
Yosemite National Park, California
The May Lake is an exceptional albeit shorter hike in Yosemite. It is, however, a steep hike. Because of the elevation, you should take a break or two to take in the noteworthy scenery.
4. Jordan Pond Full Loop
Acadia National Park, Maine
For hikers who have not been out on the trails lately, the Jordan Pond Full Loop hike is a great way to warm-up and get back into the swing. At less than three and a half miles, it offers some breathtaking views of the surrounding Acadia National Park. You can even take your dog if you’re so inclined.
5. Quincy Quarries Climbing Trail
The best shortest fall hike in the US is the Quincy Quarries Climbing Trail located just 20 minutes outside of downtown Boston. It is only half a mile in length and features some stunning fall foliage. It also includes climbing rocks of different heights and some artistic graffiti. With colorful leaves and crisp air, it’s a nice little date “hike”.
6. Maroon Bells
In the fall the glacial valley of Aspen is full of its famous fall colors. This hike comes complete with snow-capped mountaintops in the distance. In fact, hikers may choose from a total of five different trails in the Maroon Bells vicinity. The lengths of the hikes range from one to 14 miles.