Autumn is upon us which means the leaves are changing and the weather is getting a little cooler. Get the most out of the beautiful fall weather and experience a hike or two during this great season. Below are some of our favorite fall hikes around the country.
Old Rag Mountain
Location: Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
The Old Rag Mountain hike is a classic and will take hikers along an 8-mile trail that is both challenging and beautiful. Hikers follow along granite boulders where they can “climb, slide, shimmy, and crawl” their way. When hikers reach Old Rag Summit they will see 200,000 acres of forest with the dramatic color change from fall. The hike can take up to eight hours to complete, but is well worth the trip.
Sentinel Dome Trail
Location: Yosemite National Park, California
Yosemite is filled with amazing hikes, but the Sentinel Dome Trail delivers high value for the effort. The hike is only two miles long, but provides views for miles and miles. The trail offers a 360-degree view with points that go well beyond Yosemite Valley. Relish sights like Yosemite Falls, as well as peaks from the high sierras.
Lake George 12ster Trail
Location: Lake George, New York
If an intense fall hike is what you are looking for then the Lake George 12st Trail is perfect. This extreme hike will take hikers up and down 12 mountain peaks and over 40 miles of trails. While hiking, the autumn scenery is breathtaking, and you won’t mind taking a minute or two to enjoy the view. You must register to complete the hike, and if you complete all 12 peaks in 24-hours you can earn the title of “Ultra 12ster”.
Ocean Path Trail
Location: Acadia National Park, Maine
This family friendly hike is only two miles long and will give you plenty of opportunities for photos. You will hike along Acadia’s coastline and there are several stopping areas on the trail that you can explore and take a photo or two. Don’t miss thunder hole which is a cave that has water coming in and out of it, and makes the sound of thunder. Otter Cliff is another great area where the rocks make amazing sights and statuesque forms above the water.
Fiery Gizzard Trail
Location: South Cumberland State Park, Tennessee
Hike 10 miles to the deepest parks of South Cumberland where you will see the heart of the autumn forest. Hikers will travel to Ravens Point where they will see endless hills of fall colors. On the way up hikers pass rock formations, waterfalls, gorges, and dense woodlands. This trail is also dog friendly but at times the elevation gain can be rough, so make sure you are prepared for a steep hike.
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