The Best Areas on the East Coast for Fall Hiking


Jess Fischer

A rainbow of colors makes the views even better than they were before.

Most of the eastern United States and even out west explodes with color during the fall months. Below are a few hikes were you can find some of the insane fall foliage on the east coast! Some of the photography was shot during the summertime but imagine what the scenery would look like with a palate of reds, oranges and yellows. Lets get started...

North Carolina

Pisgah National Forest 

Photo: Eno Hammocks

Recommended hike: Explore the Treasures of Shining Rock

Blue Ridge Parkway

Photo: Tommy White

Recommended hike: Explore Beacon Heights on the Blue Ridge Parkway


Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Photo: Jess Fischer

Recommended hike: Hike the Chimney Tops

Rock Island State Park

Photo: Jess Fischer

Recommended adventure (hiking in the park!): Camp at Rock Island State Park


Shenandoah National Park

Photo: Brandon Dewey

Recommended hike: Hike Cedar Run Falls Trail or drive Skyline Drive through Shenandoah!

Grayson Highlands

Photo: Christin Healey

Recommended hike: Hike Mount Rogers (Yes there are wild ponies!)

West Virginia

Dolly Sods 

Photo: Sarah Giek

Recommended hike: Hike to Rohrbaugh Cliffs in Dolly Sods (Honestly anywhere in the Dolly Sods will be unreal.)

Blackwater Falls State Park

Photo: Brandon Dewey

Recommended adventure: Camp at Blackwater Falls State Park (There's tons of family friendly hiking too and an amazing waterfall!)

New York

The Adirondacks

Photo: Rebecca Nichols

Recommended hike: Climb Whiteface Mountain via Brook Slide


Acadia National Park

Photo: Tate Yoder

Recommended hike: Hike to Rocky Pond

Published: September 19, 2017

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