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Best Hiking in New England and the Tri-State:

Fall is the perfect time to conquer the best hikes in New England and along the northeast! From New Hampshire’s White Mountains to New York’s Adirondacks, New England and New York offer the best east coast hiking vacations for leaf peeping!

Best hiking on the east coast during fall

As someone who resides in the Northeast, I always enjoy taking advantage of the beautiful autumn colors this part of the world boasts. From doing a 7-day New England fall road trip in October 2021, to the incredible day trips I enjoy every year in the Hudson Valley, there is always something new to explore in the Northeast!

In this blog post, I am excited to partner with other travel bloggers to introduce the best fall hikes in the Northeast. Most of the areas mentioned in this article can easily be reached from New York City or Boston.

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Best Hikes in the Northeast in the Fall

A woman enjoying the best fall hikes in the northeast

During a fall trip to New England, or the Northeast in general, you will not have a difficult time finding the best hiking trails to enjoy leaf peeping! In fact, hiking on the east coast allows you to challenge yourself, enjoy different natural wonders and biodiversity and discover local towns and villages.

Before conquering the best fall hikes in the Northeast, I recommend downloading the AllTrails app when you have cell phone reception so that you can find the best trail and use it as a navigation.

I also included outfit recommendations at the end of this article so that you’re prepared for your next big adventure!

Whiteface Mountain, New York

A woman hiking Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid during fall
Photo by Kelly of Travel New York Now

One of the best fall hikes in the Northeast is Whiteface Mountain in New York, near Lake Placid. Not only is it a gorgeous hike in general, but it is even more beautiful during the beginning to middle of October when fall foliage is at its peak!

The Empire State is one of the best hiking states and Whiteface Mountain is also one of the most famous mountains in Upstate New York, so plan on starting first thing in the morning to avoid heavy crowds. There is a stone castle at the top that you won’t want to miss out on seeing!

Other than that, enjoy one of the best hikes in the Adirondacks during fall! Because while Whiteface Mountain isn’t a challenging hike, it’s still a 10.1-mile, out-and-back trail that will take you around seven hours to complete.

In addition, while you’re at Whiteface Mountain, you can summit Cascade and Porter Mountains since it’s only an additional 5.6 miles to the lake. Alternatively, you could also drive the Whiteface Mountain Highway to the top of the summit instead. It’s a great option if you have kids and it starts at $20 USD per vehicle. Please keep in mind that the highway closes around October 10, due to the start of winter weather hazards.

At the end of a long, but fun day, head back to the village of Lake Placid and enjoy staying at the charming Mirror Lake Inn. Also check out all the historic Olympic facilities from the 1932 and 1980 games.

(Contributed by Kelly of Travel New York Now.)

Precipice Trail, Maine:

Precipice Trail in Acadia National Park

The Precipice Trail is easily one of the best hikes in Acadia National Park, on the coast of Maine. This is a hair-raising and difficult hike where you must do some climbing on metal rungs, but it’s not too long (roughly 2 miles roundtrip) and it has amazing fall foliage and coastal scenery.

Please note that the Precipice Trail is not recommended for people with mobility issues, kids or anyone who isn’t comfortable with heights. The views on this hike are amazing and it’s quite an adrenaline rush! As you experience one of the best north east coastal walks, you’ll squeeze between huge boulders, scale a steep mountain using metal ladders and shimmy along exposed cliff edges that are only a few feet wide. It’s one of the best and most thrilling fall hikes in New England!

There are also several easier hikes nearby, in Acadia National Park, where you can practice for the Precipice Trail. For example, it’s recommended to hike the Beehive Trail before attempting Precipice. Beehive is a shorter, easier and safer version of Precipice and will provide you with a glimpse of what the real deal entails.

Overall, the Precipice hike is a bucket list item in Acadia National Park in Maine! You can find the trailhead on the east side of the park, near Sand Beach and the official coastal entrance to Acadia. There are a bunch of hotels in the nearby town of Bar Harbor and Acadia also has numerous campgrounds to stay in.

(Contributed by David of The World Travel Guy.)

Robert H. Treman State Park, New York:

Enfield Creek flowing into a gorge on beautiful autumn day at Robert H Treman State Park.

If you’re looking for a challenging hike that rewards you with stunning waterfall views (like Buttermilk Falls) and fall foliage along the way, then you’ve got to check out the trails at Robert Treman State Park! It’s boasts some of the best hikes in the northeast during fall.

Treman State Park’s winding trails meander next to its scenic highlight, the Enfield Glen – it really gorges! If you visit during the summertime, you’ll also find a steam-fed pool right under the Lower Falls; there is also a diving board, which is a unique experience.

The beautiful park has nine miles of hiking trails, but for the most heart-pumping, jaw-dropping experience, check out the Gorge and Rim Trails. Both trails combined are a little over five miles. You’ll climb uphill and on stone stairs, through a kaleidoscope of fall colors, and eventually, you’ll reach Treman State Park’s showstopper – Lucifer Falls.

There is a $10 USD fee (per car) to enter the park! If you’d like to stay on-site, there are two options – rustic campsites that range from $10 to $28 USD or cabins from $238 to $400 USD per week. Treman State Park is around 15 minutes outside of downtown Ithaca, which is the perfect place to eat after the hike. There is a plethora of great vegan-friendly restaurants!

(Contributed by Rebecca of Veggies Abroad.)

Artist Bluff Trail, New Hampshire:

Artist Bluff in New Hampshire - one of the best fall hikes in New England

One of the best fall hikes in the Northeast is the Artist Bluff hike in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The reason why you must do this hike during a fall foliage weekend in NH’s White Mountains is because it’s where you can see the best fall foliage.

The Artist Bluff Trail in Franconia Notch State Park is a moderate, 1.5-mile loop that has two overlooks, minor rock scramble and stunning woodland paths. Please note that it is heavily trafficked during the fall months, but it’s one of the most amazing hikes in the U.S.!

When you are ready to begin hiking the Artist Bluff Trail, it is best to start counterclockwise, since you will get the incline and rock scramble over with first. Once you get to one of the overlooks, you can enjoy the most breathtaking views of the Cannon Mountain ski area and the entire Franconia Notch Valley.

If you have ample time, ride the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway where you can see up to four states and two countries – New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, New York and even Canada! Another cool spot to check out, either before or after your hike, is Flume Gorge. It is another 2-mile loop, easy trail where you can see stunning flowers, ferns, mosses and foliage!

Artist Bluff Trail is one of the best hikes in New Hampshire and cannot be overlooked during your New England fall weekend getaway! The closest towns to Artist Bluff are Littleton, Franconia and Lincoln and two great places to stay at are Sugar Hill Inn and Franconia Inn. During your time in this area, you must also visit Lonesome Lake, which is one of the best views along the Appalachian Trail. If you want to camp in this area, Lafayette Campground on I-93 is the best spot.

Overall, Franconia Notch State Park offers some of the best hiking near Boston! It’s also a great place to visit if you’re spending Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts.

(Contributed by Taylor of Brown Eyed Flower Child.)

Minnewaska Lake Loop, New York:

Minnewaska Loop Trail in New York
Photo by James of Hudson Valley Discovered

The Minnewaska Lake Loop trail is an easy, 1.9-mile loop around the beautiful Minnewaska Lake and is one of the best hikes in New York. It’s the centerpiece of Minnewaska State Park and one of the best hikes in the Northeast during fall!

From the Visitor Center, near the upper parking lot, a wide trail circles the lake. If you go in a counterclockwise direction, you’ll start overlooking the lake through some trees. The trail soon winds down to a small beach, where you can swim and sunbathe in the summer, before heading slightly up and downhill to the far end of the lake.

Shortly after the loop turns back, there is a side trail on the left. This out-and-back spur goes right alongside the lake and has some beautiful fall colors. There is a small, unmarked trail on your right that leads to an overlook with sensational views of the Minnewaska forest, which is blanketed in fall foliage.

Back on the main trail, you’ll pass under a picturesque bridge and come out on the top of some cliffs that have epic views over the lake and surrounding forest. The trail then finishes the loop back at the Visitor Center.

Minnewaska State Park is in the mid-Hudson Valley, about two hours north of New York City. It’s easy to do as a day trip from the city but it’s important to get there early! Although there are several large parking lots, they all fill up by mid-morning in the fall. Leaf peeping is best during the middle two weekends in October, though this can vary by year. (Try to park in the upper parking lots to save yourself the walk up.)

It costs $10 USD per vehicle to enter the state park. You will need to drive there, as there is no public transportation. Take the New York State Thruway to Newburgh and then follow your GPS on country roads to the park.

It’s also recommended to spend a fall weekend in this beautiful area! Minnewaska Lodge is a lovely, rustic inn that is less than 10 minutes from the trails. There is plenty to do in the Hudson Valley, including apple and pumpkin picking at the nearby Jenkins-Leukins Orchards, enjoy wine tasting at Robibero Family Vineyards in the nearby town of New Paltz and explore more fall hiking in the state park and nearby Mohonk Preserve.

(Contributed by James of Hudson Valley Discovered.)

Mount Tammany, New Jersey:

A woman hiking Mount Tammany in New Jersey, which is one of the best hikes in the northeast

One of the best places to hike in New Jersey during fall is Mount Tammany, which is situated at the Delaware Water Gap near East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

With a summit elevation at 1,527 feet above sea level, Mount Tammany is a 3.6-mile loop trail that is considered challenging. Just like the Artist Bluff Trail in New Hampshire, it is best to accomplish Mount Tammany by hiking it counterclockwise due to a rock scramble section. In fact, it’s best to start hiking the Red Dot Trail and then finish descending on the Blue Dot Trail, which is also the Pahaquarry Trail.

What makes Mount Tammany one of the best hikes near me in the fall is that it features breathtaking overlooks of the Delaware Valley, stunning woodland paths and waterfalls. Overall, New Jersey makes for one of the top fall vacations on the east coast due to its foliage, farms and nature!

A great place to stay in this area of New Jersey is near Lambertville and New Hope, Pennsylvania as both locations offer quaint downtown areas with incredible restaurants, boutique shops and fun adventures on the Delaware River. During a fall getaway, Woolverton Inn is a charming spot to spend the night!

(Contributed by Taylor of Brown Eyed Flower Child.)


A woman conquering one of the best fall hikes in the northeast

I hope you all enjoyed discovering the best hikes in the northeast during the fall. There is nothing like experiencing the best of autumn colors during a hike in New England and the Tri-State area! If you have any questions, please email me at info@browneyedflowerchild.com.

Basic Facts of the United States:

Currency: United States Dollar, Capital: Washington D.C., NH State Capital: Concord, ME State Capital: Augusta, NJ State Capital: Trenton, NY State Capital: Albany, NH/ME/NJ/NY Time Zones: All are in Eastern Standard Time

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2 Comments

  1. Kim Deer on September 3, 2022 at 12:15 am

    Great advice on awesome hikes in the northeast! I have done a couple of them, however, need to try the ones I haven’t hiked yet! Love hiking during this time of the year because of the beautiful fall leaves and crisp fall weather! Great guide on the best places to hike in the northeast ~ love you, mom 👩🏻 ❤️

    • Taylor Deer on September 6, 2022 at 9:32 pm

      Thank you mom! I want to hike Minnewaska trail soon. It’s not far from home!

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A woman enjoying the best hikes in the northeast during fall

Best Hiking in New England and the Tri-State:

Fall is the perfect time to conquer the best hikes in New England and along the northeast! From New Hampshire’s White Mountains to New York’s Adirondacks, New England and New York offer the best east coast hiking vacations for leaf peeping!

Best hiking on the east coast during fall

As someone who resides in the Northeast, I always enjoy taking advantage of the beautiful autumn colors this part of the world boasts. From doing a 7-day New England fall road trip in October 2021, to the incredible day trips I enjoy every year in the Hudson Valley, there is always something new to explore in the Northeast!

In this blog post, I am excited to partner with other travel bloggers to introduce the best fall hikes in the Northeast. Most of the areas mentioned in this article can easily be reached from New York City or Boston.

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like.


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Best Hikes in the Northeast in the Fall

A woman enjoying the best fall hikes in the northeast

During a fall trip to New England, or the Northeast in general, you will not have a difficult time finding the best hiking trails to enjoy leaf peeping! In fact, hiking on the east coast allows you to challenge yourself, enjoy different natural wonders and biodiversity and discover local towns and villages.

Before conquering the best fall hikes in the Northeast, I recommend downloading the AllTrails app when you have cell phone reception so that you can find the best trail and use it as a navigation.

I also included outfit recommendations at the end of this article so that you’re prepared for your next big adventure!

Whiteface Mountain, New York

A woman hiking Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid during fall
Photo by Kelly of Travel New York Now

One of the best fall hikes in the Northeast is Whiteface Mountain in New York, near Lake Placid. Not only is it a gorgeous hike in general, but it is even more beautiful during the beginning to middle of October when fall foliage is at its peak!

The Empire State is one of the best hiking states and Whiteface Mountain is also one of the most famous mountains in Upstate New York, so plan on starting first thing in the morning to avoid heavy crowds. There is a stone castle at the top that you won’t want to miss out on seeing!

Other than that, enjoy one of the best hikes in the Adirondacks during fall! Because while Whiteface Mountain isn’t a challenging hike, it’s still a 10.1-mile, out-and-back trail that will take you around seven hours to complete.

In addition, while you’re at Whiteface Mountain, you can summit Cascade and Porter Mountains since it’s only an additional 5.6 miles to the lake. Alternatively, you could also drive the Whiteface Mountain Highway to the top of the summit instead. It’s a great option if you have kids and it starts at $20 USD per vehicle. Please keep in mind that the highway closes around October 10, due to the start of winter weather hazards.

At the end of a long, but fun day, head back to the village of Lake Placid and enjoy staying at the charming Mirror Lake Inn. Also check out all the historic Olympic facilities from the 1932 and 1980 games.

(Contributed by Kelly of Travel New York Now.)

Precipice Trail, Maine:

Precipice Trail in Acadia National Park

The Precipice Trail is easily one of the best hikes in Acadia National Park, on the coast of Maine. This is a hair-raising and difficult hike where you must do some climbing on metal rungs, but it’s not too long (roughly 2 miles roundtrip) and it has amazing fall foliage and coastal scenery.

Please note that the Precipice Trail is not recommended for people with mobility issues, kids or anyone who isn’t comfortable with heights. The views on this hike are amazing and it’s quite an adrenaline rush! As you experience one of the best north east coastal walks, you’ll squeeze between huge boulders, scale a steep mountain using metal ladders and shimmy along exposed cliff edges that are only a few feet wide. It’s one of the best and most thrilling fall hikes in New England!

There are also several easier hikes nearby, in Acadia National Park, where you can practice for the Precipice Trail. For example, it’s recommended to hike the Beehive Trail before attempting Precipice. Beehive is a shorter, easier and safer version of Precipice and will provide you with a glimpse of what the real deal entails.

Overall, the Precipice hike is a bucket list item in Acadia National Park in Maine! You can find the trailhead on the east side of the park, near Sand Beach and the official coastal entrance to Acadia. There are a bunch of hotels in the nearby town of Bar Harbor and Acadia also has numerous campgrounds to stay in.

(Contributed by David of The World Travel Guy.)

Robert H. Treman State Park, New York:

Enfield Creek flowing into a gorge on beautiful autumn day at Robert H Treman State Park.

If you’re looking for a challenging hike that rewards you with stunning waterfall views (like Buttermilk Falls) and fall foliage along the way, then you’ve got to check out the trails at Robert Treman State Park! It’s boasts some of the best hikes in the northeast during fall.

Treman State Park’s winding trails meander next to its scenic highlight, the Enfield Glen – it really gorges! If you visit during the summertime, you’ll also find a steam-fed pool right under the Lower Falls; there is also a diving board, which is a unique experience.

The beautiful park has nine miles of hiking trails, but for the most heart-pumping, jaw-dropping experience, check out the Gorge and Rim Trails. Both trails combined are a little over five miles. You’ll climb uphill and on stone stairs, through a kaleidoscope of fall colors, and eventually, you’ll reach Treman State Park’s showstopper – Lucifer Falls.

There is a $10 USD fee (per car) to enter the park! If you’d like to stay on-site, there are two options – rustic campsites that range from $10 to $28 USD or cabins from $238 to $400 USD per week. Treman State Park is around 15 minutes outside of downtown Ithaca, which is the perfect place to eat after the hike. There is a plethora of great vegan-friendly restaurants!

(Contributed by Rebecca of Veggies Abroad.)

Artist Bluff Trail, New Hampshire:

Artist Bluff in New Hampshire - one of the best fall hikes in New England

One of the best fall hikes in the Northeast is the Artist Bluff hike in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The reason why you must do this hike during a fall foliage weekend in NH’s White Mountains is because it’s where you can see the best fall foliage.

The Artist Bluff Trail in Franconia Notch State Park is a moderate, 1.5-mile loop that has two overlooks, minor rock scramble and stunning woodland paths. Please note that it is heavily trafficked during the fall months, but it’s one of the most amazing hikes in the U.S.!

When you are ready to begin hiking the Artist Bluff Trail, it is best to start counterclockwise, since you will get the incline and rock scramble over with first. Once you get to one of the overlooks, you can enjoy the most breathtaking views of the Cannon Mountain ski area and the entire Franconia Notch Valley.

If you have ample time, ride the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway where you can see up to four states and two countries – New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, New York and even Canada! Another cool spot to check out, either before or after your hike, is Flume Gorge. It is another 2-mile loop, easy trail where you can see stunning flowers, ferns, mosses and foliage!

Artist Bluff Trail is one of the best hikes in New Hampshire and cannot be overlooked during your New England fall weekend getaway! The closest towns to Artist Bluff are Littleton, Franconia and Lincoln and two great places to stay at are Sugar Hill Inn and Franconia Inn. During your time in this area, you must also visit Lonesome Lake, which is one of the best views along the Appalachian Trail. If you want to camp in this area, Lafayette Campground on I-93 is the best spot.

Overall, Franconia Notch State Park offers some of the best hiking near Boston! It’s also a great place to visit if you’re spending Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts.

(Contributed by Taylor of Brown Eyed Flower Child.)

Minnewaska Lake Loop, New York:

Minnewaska Loop Trail in New York
Photo by James of Hudson Valley Discovered

The Minnewaska Lake Loop trail is an easy, 1.9-mile loop around the beautiful Minnewaska Lake and is one of the best hikes in New York. It’s the centerpiece of Minnewaska State Park and one of the best hikes in the Northeast during fall!

From the Visitor Center, near the upper parking lot, a wide trail circles the lake. If you go in a counterclockwise direction, you’ll start overlooking the lake through some trees. The trail soon winds down to a small beach, where you can swim and sunbathe in the summer, before heading slightly up and downhill to the far end of the lake.

Shortly after the loop turns back, there is a side trail on the left. This out-and-back spur goes right alongside the lake and has some beautiful fall colors. There is a small, unmarked trail on your right that leads to an overlook with sensational views of the Minnewaska forest, which is blanketed in fall foliage.

Back on the main trail, you’ll pass under a picturesque bridge and come out on the top of some cliffs that have epic views over the lake and surrounding forest. The trail then finishes the loop back at the Visitor Center.

Minnewaska State Park is in the mid-Hudson Valley, about two hours north of New York City. It’s easy to do as a day trip from the city but it’s important to get there early! Although there are several large parking lots, they all fill up by mid-morning in the fall. Leaf peeping is best during the middle two weekends in October, though this can vary by year. (Try to park in the upper parking lots to save yourself the walk up.)

It costs $10 USD per vehicle to enter the state park. You will need to drive there, as there is no public transportation. Take the New York State Thruway to Newburgh and then follow your GPS on country roads to the park.

It’s also recommended to spend a fall weekend in this beautiful area! Minnewaska Lodge is a lovely, rustic inn that is less than 10 minutes from the trails. There is plenty to do in the Hudson Valley, including apple and pumpkin picking at the nearby Jenkins-Leukins Orchards, enjoy wine tasting at Robibero Family Vineyards in the nearby town of New Paltz and explore more fall hiking in the state park and nearby Mohonk Preserve.

(Contributed by James of Hudson Valley Discovered.)

Mount Tammany, New Jersey:

A woman hiking Mount Tammany in New Jersey, which is one of the best hikes in the northeast

One of the best places to hike in New Jersey during fall is Mount Tammany, which is situated at the Delaware Water Gap near East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

With a summit elevation at 1,527 feet above sea level, Mount Tammany is a 3.6-mile loop trail that is considered challenging. Just like the Artist Bluff Trail in New Hampshire, it is best to accomplish Mount Tammany by hiking it counterclockwise due to a rock scramble section. In fact, it’s best to start hiking the Red Dot Trail and then finish descending on the Blue Dot Trail, which is also the Pahaquarry Trail.

What makes Mount Tammany one of the best hikes near me in the fall is that it features breathtaking overlooks of the Delaware Valley, stunning woodland paths and waterfalls. Overall, New Jersey makes for one of the top fall vacations on the east coast due to its foliage, farms and nature!

A great place to stay in this area of New Jersey is near Lambertville and New Hope, Pennsylvania as both locations offer quaint downtown areas with incredible restaurants, boutique shops and fun adventures on the Delaware River. During a fall getaway, Woolverton Inn is a charming spot to spend the night!

(Contributed by Taylor of Brown Eyed Flower Child.)


A woman conquering one of the best fall hikes in the northeast

I hope you all enjoyed discovering the best hikes in the northeast during the fall. There is nothing like experiencing the best of autumn colors during a hike in New England and the Tri-State area! If you have any questions, please email me at info@browneyedflowerchild.com.

Basic Facts of the United States:

Currency: United States Dollar, Capital: Washington D.C., NH State Capital: Concord, ME State Capital: Augusta, NJ State Capital: Trenton, NY State Capital: Albany, NH/ME/NJ/NY Time Zones: All are in Eastern Standard Time

*Anything could happen during your travels. Always make sure you are insured in case there are unforeseen circumstances such as lost luggage/theft, natural disasters, personal liabilities and more. Click here to get insured for your next trip.

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Shop my Fall Hiking Look:

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2 Comments

  1. Kim Deer on September 3, 2022 at 12:15 am

    Great advice on awesome hikes in the northeast! I have done a couple of them, however, need to try the ones I haven’t hiked yet! Love hiking during this time of the year because of the beautiful fall leaves and crisp fall weather! Great guide on the best places to hike in the northeast ~ love you, mom 👩🏻 ❤️

    • Taylor Deer on September 6, 2022 at 9:32 pm

      Thank you mom! I want to hike Minnewaska trail soon. It’s not far from home!

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