Although the summer is coming to an end, and the remaining Cape Cod beach days are numbered, New England’s charm shines its brightest in the autumn season. With the crisp days rolling in come trips to the apple orchard, freshly baked apple cider doughnuts, and most importantly, breathtaking fall foliage. Take in the foliage from above with some of New England’s best hiking trails.
Cadillac Mountain, Maine
Located on Mount Desert Island in Acadia National Park, Cadillac Mountain is the highest peak within 25 miles of the North Atlantic seaboard, offering views of the park’s forests, glacial lakes, and Porcupine Islands, which surround the harbors below. There are dozens of trails to choose from, the easiest being a paved road to the top, so there truly is an option for anyone at any skill level.
Cascade Mountain, New York
Known as the “runt” of the 46 Adirondack High Peaks, Cascade Mountain serves as a good intro to the more difficult mountains. Not only this, but the summit view of Champlain Valley is known to be by far the best of the Adirondacks.
Whiteface Mountain, New York
Whiteface Mountain is most famous for hosting the alpine ski during the 1980 Olympics. The summit boasts 360 views of New York and Vermont, and even the skyscrapers of Montreal on a clear day. There are a variety of routes to choose from, even an elevator to the visitor’s center at the peak if you’re not a hiking enthusiast.
Pine Hill Park, Vermont
Right in Rutland’s backyard, Pine Hill Park offers 300 acres of park including 16 miles of trails. There are trails for all ages and skill level—one can hike for one hour or five. Take in the beauty of Vermont in this local, hidden gem.
Mount Cardigan, New Hampshire
Hike to the Mount Cardigan summit via the West Ridge Trail, starting in Orange, New Hampshire. Along the trail, enjoy the sights of a babbling brook, multiple mini-waterfalls, and wild flowers. Wait for a day with clear skies to embark on this moderate hike, as the views at the summit go for miles.
Myles Standish State Forest, Massachusetts
Sprawling across the towns of Plymouth and Carver, close to the Cape, Myles Standish State Forest offers 13 miles of hiking trails, taking hikers deep into the woods, past beautiful meadows, and around multiple ponds. An easier trail takes hikers around the East Head Reservoir, allowing you to explore the reservoir while walking along the shoreline. If you’re looking for more adventure, there are also a couple of longer, hillier trails, even a very long 8 mile loop.
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