6 Favorite Fall Hikes with Unlikely Hikers

By: Jenny Bruso + Save to a List

With Unlikely Hikers, I’ve had the privilege of leading hikes all over the U.S. with people of all identities and physical abilities. Hardcore hikers join us right along with people who don’t consider themselves hikers.

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Hiking is my go-to for clarity and grounding. It reminds me that I am rooted in something so much bigger than myself and cuts through the overwhelming distractions of daily life. Much like the trees, mushrooms and wildflowers that enchant me, I grew here, too. Meaning, I always belong here in nature. Or, maybe in a less wordy way: hiking helps my mental and physical health.

Fall is such a beautiful season to experience nature.

Summer is the signal of adventures to come for many, but as a solo hiker and group hike leader with Unlikely Hikers, It’s the fall season I get most excited about. Cooler temps, fewer people and bugs, and if you get really lucky, you may witness the most magical light streaming through brightly colored leaves in such a way that can convert the self-appointed least outdoorsy among us.

Out hiking with Unlikely Hikers

Here are a few of my favorite fall hiking destinations that will make anyone a believer in getting outside as a lifestyle practice:

1. Hike Great Falls and the Billy Goat Trail, Maryland

Photo credit: Chris C.

2. Hike the Pratt's Brook Conservation Area Loop, Massachusetts

Photo credit: Gustavo Quiros

3. Hike Hamilton Mountain, Washington

Photo credit: Isaac Koval

4. Explore Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

Photo credit: Austin Jackson

5. Hike Heather-Maple Pass Loop, Washington

Photo credit: Mikaela Tangeman

6. Hike to Blackrock Summit via the Appalachian Trail, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Photo credit: Jess Fischer

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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