Hiking is a great way to not only get some exercise, but also enjoy the beautiful fall foliage. Lean what you'll see in your area:
As fall approaches, get ready for lower temperatures, shorter days, longer nights, and plenty of rain. Fall is a beautiful time of year, and it doesn’t happen magically! When there’s less sunlight, trees produce less chlorophyll, the pigment that makes leaves green during warmer times of the year. With less chlorophyll cycling through the plant, other pigments can show through.
Make sure you venture out to view fall colors at their peak! Northern-most regions, areas closest to water, and areas at higher elevations experience fall color first. Don’t miss out; Leaves will all turn brown and drop by winter, as any part of the tree that isn’t able to survive the cold is shed to protect the rest of the tree.
Head over to Cheesequake State Park in central New Jersey to hike a four-mile loop, made leisurely by the plentiful boardwalks and platform bridges. This is a great beginner trail as the boardwalks elevate hikers over any marshy areas.
For a seaside fall foliage experience, visit Assateague State Park on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Further inland beyond the dunes of beach grass and far enough away from the ocean’s salt spray, thick evergreen forests, covered in greenbrier and Muscadine grape vines, grow to shelter Assateague’s pony population of approximately 300. Bright fall colors pair brilliantly with tall pines.
Visit scenic Shenandoah National Park and cruise along the parkway that runs the entire length of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. At any point along the 105-mile Skyline Drive, stop to hike part of the Appalachian Trail, see waterfalls, and stargaze. Throughout the entire park, view ridge tops covered in dense vegetation, sure to be a wash of fall colors come late September.
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