Fall hiking is a popular choice for many outdoor enthusiasts. It’s an adaptable exercise that’s suitable for almost everyone. It’s also easy to incorporate into any trip, anywhere. While local trails are accessible, tempting trips prove worth the travel.

Leading an active pursuit on holiday creates meaningful memories, linked to nature and foliage. Leaning into hiking promotes mental clarity and an active lifestyle. Plus, it’s free- minus park entry fees.


🍁 Stunning Foliage- Fall is known for its vibrant foliage as trees make the big transition. Green fades to a kaleidoscope of red, orange, and yellow. Hiking during fall offers breathtaking views of colourful landscapes, creating a picturesque backdrop for your outdoor adventure.

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🌡️  Cooler Temperatures- Fall typically brings milder and more comfortable temperatures compared to the scorching heat of summer or the bitter cold of winter. Hiking in cooler weather allows you to enjoy the outdoors without the discomfort of extreme temperatures, making it an ideal time for longer treks.

☁️ Reduced Crowds- Many people opt for summer hiking, leaving the trails less crowded in the fall. This means you can enjoy a quieter, more peaceful hiking experience, with fewer distractions and a better chance to connect with nature.

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🐞 Bug-Free Hiking- As the temperatures drop, many pesky insects like mosquitoes and ticks become less active or die off, making fall hiking much more enjoyable without the constant annoyance of bugs. You can focus on the beauty of the outdoors without the need for excessive bug repellent.

🦆 Wildlife and Migration- Fall is a time of wildlife activity, including animal migrations and mating rituals. Hiking during this season increases your chances of spotting animals such as deer, birds, and even the occasional bear preparing for winter hibernation, providing a unique and exciting experience.

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Overall, fall hiking offers a perfect combination of beautiful scenery, comfortable weather, solitude, and wildlife encounters. Just remember to pack appropriately for the changing conditions and enjoy the natural wonders that this season has to offer.

All images by Libby Roach.