When it comes to outdoor adventures, fall is about as good as it gets. The near-perfect temperatures are a welcome change after the stifling summer heat, and bright orange leaves contrasted against a clear blue sky bring on a soothing energy.
With conditions like that, it’s hard not to be mindful while taking a fall hike, which is why we’re such huge fans of longs walks in the wilderness this time of year.
With a little help from the mbg community, we decided to round up the 25 best hikes in the United States. So whether you’re looking to take a day hike or a full-on backpacking trip this fall, we’ve got you covered.
1. Old Rag Mountain: Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
The Old Rag Mountain hike is one of the most popular hikes in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia. Be prepared for nine challenging (but rewarding) miles, complete with rock scrambles and gorgeous autumn views.
2. Wildwood Trail: Forest Park, Oregon
This trail is 3.1 miles long and semi-challenging. Aside from its beauty, this trail is unique because of its proximity to Portland, making it a fun day hike for city-dwellers.
“Forest park is great early in the morning to catch the sunrise over Mount Hood,” Barre3 founder Sadie Lincoln tells mbg. “Fall is absolutely my favorite time to hike there. The leaves are starting to turn, and they’re often shimmering from rainfall during the evening. I have so many memories as a kid tromping through the forest and especially in the fall. The giant leaves on the ground, the sounds, and even the feeling of the wind reminds me of those carefree days.”