Best Fall Foliage in the USA

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1. The Mohawk Trail - Massachusetts Fall Foliage  

2. Smoky Mountains National Park - Tennessee Fall Foliage

3. Lake Champlain - New York and Vermont

4. The North Cascades - Washington

5. White Mountains Trail - New Hampshire

6. Blue Ridge Parkway

7. Sheltowee Trace Trail - Kentucky

8. The North Woods - Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan

9. Assateague Island - Virginia

10. Maroon Bells - Colorado Fall Foliage


Maroon Bells -  When the Aspens start turning, Maroon Bells is the place to be to see Colorado's Fall Foliage.  Maroon Bells  has trails leading over nine passes above 12,000 feet in elevation, delectable hot springs of Conundrum Creek, and shimmering alpine lakes nestled at the feet of jagged peaks. Six of these peaks crest over 14,000 feet. The twin peaks of Maroon Bells are perhaps Colorado's most recognizable scene, and the surrounding wilderness is one of the most popular, both for good reason. When it comes to sheer mountain splendor and fall foliage, few areas compare with the Elk Mountains and Maroon Bells.


  
  

Smoky Mountains National Park - The place place to see North Carolina and Tennessee Fall Foliage is in the Smokies. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a ridge upon ridge of endless forest that straddle the border between North Carolina and Tennessee.  Its one of the largest protected areas in the Eastern United States. World and renowned for the diversity of its plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, and the depth and integrity of its wilderness sanctuary. Each year, the park attracts over nine million visitors.. Once a part of the Cherokee homeland, the Smokies today are a hiker's paradise with over 800 miles of trails.  


Lake Champlain - Instead of hiking or driving thru the fall foliage, how about taking a boat and grabbing a pole to see Lake Champlain's Fall Foliage . 
Lake Champlain is every water lover's dream come true. The spectacular foliage, gentle breezes and comfortable temperatures make it hard to resist sailing, boating or windsurfing these waters.   As deep as 400 feet in some places and home to over 60 species of fish, including bass and salmon, anglers cast their lines year-round into one of North America's greatest fishing locations.  And then there are the historic lighthouses, the uncrowded beaches, the lakeside restaurants, and the historic communities hugging its shoreline.  You can't miss with a fall foliage trip in upstate New York.  


The North Cascades - Come and experience the intense and rugged beauty of the fall foliage of the North Cascades – jagged peaks, deep valleys, cascading waterfalls and over 700 glaciers. North Cascades National Park Service Complex contains the heart of this mountainous region in three park units which are all managed as one and include North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas.
    Originally this area was the home to many Native American tribes and a trade gateway between the Plateau tribes to the east and the Coast Salish tribes to the west. Native Americans have been in these mountains for over 8,000 years. More recent settlers came in the nineteenth century to establish homesteads in places like the Stehekin Valley, or to mine elusive minerals – like gold, or to trap furbearing animals such as the beaver, otter, and marten.


The Mohawk Trail - Follow the steps that the original Indians took, and hike or ride the Mohawk Trail. One of the oldest designated tourist and scenic routes in the country, the Mohawk Trail traces its roots to the post glacial age.While the peoples of the northeast had neither the wheel nor the horse, they created many footpath trade and travel routes throughout New England. One of the most heavily traveled - and one of the most famous today - was the path we call the Mohawk Trail. During historic times, the Mohawk Trail evolved with the mode of transportation, advancing from foot travel to the automobile. The early European settlers used the Indian Path to travel between the English settlements of Boston and Deerfield, and the Dutch settlements in New York. The white settlers and traders brought with them the horse and the wheel, which required the widening and slight relocation of the original path.
 

Blue Ridge Parkway The Blue Ridge Parkway is also known as "America's Favorite Drive", and is the most visited unit of America's National Park System. A drive down the Parkway provides stunning, long range vistas and close-up looks at the natural and cultural history of the southern Appalachian mountains. It is designed as a drive-awhile and stop-awhile experience. The 469 mile parkway connects Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks. This scenic drive has an abundance of opportunities for stops at overlooks, picnic and camping facilities, trails,  and natural areas.
 

Sheltowee Trace Trail - Watch the fall colors explode on the Sheltowee and retrace the Big Turtle's steps. The word, Sheltowee means Big Turtle and that's the name the Shawnee gave Daniel Boone when they adopted him into their tribe. Centuries after Big Turtle led early settlers through the Cumberland Gap into the Shawnee's sacred hunting ground, John Muir and other explorers followed in his footsteps. Now the Sheltowee Trace retraces the ground broken by these pioneers, along a 268-mile National Recreation Trail.
 

The North Woods - A friend of mine who calls himself "Common Man" calls this "Gods County." When he drives north thru Wisconsin and crosses the Fox River, he always annouces, "Now, were are in God's Country".
 

Assateague Island  - In the fall, the island's colors include beautiful oranges and reds as foliage turns on the dunes—but don't look too closely, or you'll come home with a case of poison ivy, which is responsible for providing berries for birds, holding the dunes together, and playing a lead role in the fall foliage show.
    While looking at the leaves, you may spot a few of the more than 300 species of birds, both resident and migratory that live on the island. This area is one of the most important bird refuges in America. You'll see waterfowl, shorebirds, and migratory songbirds. 


White Mountains Trail - After the hot days of summer are gone and before the cold days winter are upon us, close your eyes and try to envision an idyllic place where there is blue sky and waterfalls, long-range colorful mountain views, a dash of history and pinch of excitement, a comfortable bed at the end of the day or a pleasant place to throw your sleeping bag under the stars. Nothing is like seeing
fall foliage in New England. Or in other words, come hike and see the White Mountians trail.


Fall Travel Guides

Western North Carolina
One of the best sources for the western North Carolina mountains is the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau Web site. Beginning in late September, the site posts weekly updates on the changing foliage along with scenic drives for prime fall viewing.  Website:
www.exploreasheville.com/fall.asp.

 

North Georgia
Leaf-watchers in North Georgia rely on reports from the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. Website:
www.fs.fed.us/conf/fall/falcolor.htm.

 
Great Smoky Mountain, TN & NC

Get the latest on fall color in the Great Smoky Mountains from Smokies Guide.
Website:
www.smokiesguide.com/fall_foliage.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park Website has links to webcams that show you  progress of fall color as it sweeps through the Smokies beginning in early October in the higher elevations
Website:
www.nps.gov/grsm.
    

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This listing of the Top Ten Fall Foliage Areas in the United States is constantly being revised as we experience and learn new things about about different areas of the country. So, if you feel we are missing one, please email us and let us know!