That magical time when nature puts on its grandest show, with leaves transforming from their usual greens into a dazzling display of reds, oranges, and golds. As the crisp air fills our lungs and the landscape is painted with vibrant hues, there's no better way to fully immerse oneself in the season than with a family hike through some of the country's most scenic trails.
Here’s our list of the top trails that showcase the best of America's fall foliage:
Northeast family-friendly hiking trails
1. Acadia National Park, Maine: The Jordan Pond Path.
2. The White Mountains, New Hampshire: The Flume Gorge loop.
3. Catskills Mountains, New York: Overlook Mountain Trail.
Mid-Atlantic family-friendly hiking trails
1. Shenandoah National Park, Virginia: The Limberlost Trail.
2. Bear Mountain State Park, New York: The Perkins Memorial Tower Trail.
Southeast family-friendly hiking trails
1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee/North Carolina: The Laurel Falls Trail.
2. Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina/Virginia: Craggy Gardens.
Midwest family-friendly hiking trails
1. Door County, Wisconsin: The Eagle Trail in Peninsula State Park.
2. Indiana Dunes National Park, Indiana: Various trails.
3. Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio - Brandywine Falls Trail.
Western family-friendly hiking trails
1. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado: The Bear Lake Trail.
2. Mount Rainier National Park, Washington: The Naches Peak Loop.
3. Yosemite National Park, California - Lower Yosemite Fall Trail.
Southwest family-friendly hiking trails
1. Sedona, Arizona: The West Fork Trail in Oak Creek Canyon.
2. Santa Fe National Forest, New Mexico: The Aspen Vista Trail.
Pacific Northwest family-friendly hiking trails
1. Columbia River Gorge, Oregon: The Multnomah-Wahkeena Loop.
2. Leavenworth, Washington: The Icicle Gorge Trail.
Our Autumn Adventures
The beauty of fall is magnificently showcased from coast to coast. Every region has its unique tapestry of colors and terrains that captivate and inspire. These family-friendly trails are a testament to nature's grandeur and the memories awaiting families who venture out to experience them.
Bookmark this list! Heck, make a bucket list out of it. We’ll update it every year with new destinations.