We asked for the best fall hiking trails in New England. Here are your favorites.



“Sometimes I drive out there without a destination and pull up at the start of a random trail. I haven’t had a bad time yet.”

A view of Artist Bluff in the White Mountains of New Hampshire at sunrise. Greg DuBois

There is no better place to experience fall than in New England, and hiking is one of the best ways to take in all the season has to offer.

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Since the area is full of great hiking options, we asked Boston.com readers what they thought was the best place to hike New England trails, and they provided their favorite locations and recommendations for. the best curls to take.

The obvious favorite for fall hike was New Hampshire, which got 61% of the vote for New England’s best state for fall hike, followed by Vermont at 18% and Maine at 8.5. %.

The most commonly approved fall hiking destinations were the White Mountains in New Hampshire, where dozens of readers have suggested the Presidential Range, and Acadia National Park in Maine.

“[The] The White Mountains of New Hampshire offer unparalleled views in the East, ”said Jim W. of Bar Harbor, Maine. “But nothing beats the beauty of the Acadian coast and mountains.

Luckily, there’s no reason to limit yourself to one state if you’re planning to make hiking a part of your fall activities. In Massachusetts alone, there are 16 national parks and over 100 state parks, along with hundreds of hiking trails across the region, so many that some readers have struggled to find a single favorite.

“Most of New Hampshire and western Massachusetts are great options for fall hiking,” one reader said. “Vermont is obviously beautiful too.”

If you’re looking to hike this fall before the trails freeze over, here are some recommendations from Boston.com readers in every New England state.

Answers have been edited slightly for length and clarity.

New Hampshire

White Mountain National Forest. By far the best place for a wide variety of hikes in New England, especially if you like to climb peaks. ” -Elliot, Framingham

“Any route up Mount Washington or the Falling Waters Trail To Small haystack. And the ridge walks up Mont Lafayette then go back down. – Anonymous

“I love to hike the 4000 foot mountains of New Hampshire and walk the Appalachian Trail the. The Bald north and Southern Mountains Loop Trail is another day hike with beautiful scenery and few people. ” – Chris, Hopkinton

“I love to hike Franconia Ridge Loop Trail in the White Mountain Franconia range where you can reach three peaks of Haystack mount, Mount Lincoln, and Mont Lafayette on the same hike and while enjoying the fabulous views of the iconic ridge. ” – YT, Newton

“Literally anywhere in the White Mountains. Sometimes I drive there with no destination and stop at the start of a random trail. I haven’t had a bad time yet. – Eric, Methuen


“Anywhere around Jamaica, Vermont. Whether it’s a hike Mount Stratton or through the bucolic countryside, the landscape of this region is both beautiful and diverse. – Anonymous

“Anywhere on the Long track in Vermont will guarantee you beautiful unspoiled views in a beautiful blanket of colorful foliage. ” – Anonymous

“Hiking in the Green mountains around Stowe is amazing. There are hikes for all skill levels, and they are easy to access. Stowe offers both in accommodation, both economy and luxury, and in catering and other activities. I like Mountain peak, Sterling Pond, and Haselton, uphill Mount Mansfield with stunning views over the valley below. – Anonymous

Camel hump, Mount Mansfield and Mount Equinox all offer stunning views that capture the essence of New England fall. – Dan McManus, Manchester Center, Vermont.


“Bigelow Mountains in western Maine. – VV, Amesbury

Acadia has the most beautiful and difficult hikes I have seen in the area. ” – Anonymous

“[Hike] at Chimney Pond at the base of Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park. ” – Andy, Shrewsbury


“The best hike in Massachusetts is on the Holliston Rail Trail and Wenakeening wood in Holliston, Mass. This is a mostly level hike suitable for all age groups and skills. The scenery and wildlife are endless with the Bogastow Viaduct and Cross Street Beaver Reservoir. – Tommy Zazulak, Holliston

“We love to hike in Blue Hills Reservation. ” – John J., Boston

Rhode Island

Maxwell Mays Audubon Society Trail in Coventry, RI. – Anonymous


Lower Berkshires and Taconic in the northwest corner of Connecticut are the best by far. Top to top it’s easy, the east and west views are open and clear, and it’s manageable for the most part. Easy parking and light traffic don’t hurt either. Great Barrington and nearby Stockbridge make this the perfect fall weekend. Hidden gems !!! ” – Gary, Canton, Connecticut.

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