13 national parks you must visit for spectacular fall foliage


Smoky mountains in fall

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Are you excited fror the fall? We are! This is our favorite time of year to escape into the wild and hike among the trees. Not only does the hot, humid weather ease up, September and October are key months for scoping out fall foliage in the great outdoors.

Go big and hike through one of the following U.S. national parks, and you're guaranteed to see some jaw-dropping views that will make you say, "ah." Just don't forget to take your camera!

Click here for a list of peak foliage dates throughout the country this year.


1. Shenandoah National Park

500 miles of trails — 101 miles are part of the Appalachian Trail — full of waterfalls and beautiful fall foliage. The National Park Service suggests the following trails: Old Rag Mountain or Limberlost Trail

2. Acadia National Park

More than 120 miles of historic hiking trails, including Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse. You'll find evergreens and hardwood trees, mountains and lakes all with the blue Atlantic coast in the background.

3. Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

Pennsylvania/New Jersey
This 70,000-acre park runs through Pennsylvania and New Jersey — perfect for backpacking the Appalachian Trail or canoeing the Delaware River.

4. Cuyahoga Valley National Park

With 33,000 acres of protected land and over 125 miles of hiking trails, 70 waterfalls, hills and gorges, you'll have many opportunities to see the reds, oranges and yellows of fall.

5. Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Tennessee & North Carolina
There are over 100 species of native trees living in the Smokies, so you'll get lots of foliage varieties. The National Park Service suggests the following trails: Inspiration Point on Alum Cave Trail, Look Rock Tower or Sutton Ridge Overlook.