Eight Crazy Hikes: Fall Hiking Vacations

It’s for good reason that national “Take A Hike Day” is in November. The mountains are still snow-free; the air is crisp, perfect for cooling down your body during the hike; and, of course, the foliage, which is still very much present even in the waning days of the fall season, will be out in full force. It’s a time for all to say goodbye to the autumn season, savoring the remaining days before the winter months cover everything in powder.

Fall hiking is a prime excuse to get yourself outside before the cold weather rolls in. It gives you time to absorb colors, smells and sounds of the autumn ecology. This lends itself to being a perfect time for a vacation, a time for a getaway where you stretch your legs before winter forces you into hibernation.

No matter where you are in the country, there’s bound to be several worthy hiking trails around the area. Whether you’re looking to travel to another corner of the nation or maybe just a few states over, ResortRentals.com has you covered for finding the right place to stay after you embark on your special autumn hiking vacation. Here are some great places to hike in all parts of the country.


Northeast: Acadia National Park

Up in the serene north country of Maine is one of the most well-known and celebrated hiking locations in the country. Located a little over a mile outside of Bangor, Acadia National Park features obstacles and natural wonders for hikers of all skill levels. Trek through the woods, explore the granite peaks, or stroll along the rocky shoreline.

aerial views over South Carolina Lake Jocassee Gorges Upstate Mountains

Southeast: Caesars Head State Park

It’s peak hawk watching season, and what better way to take advantage of the season than to cover three states at one time! Caesars Head State Park in South Carolina is a great place to see the ecology of the Palmetto State, and its peaks also offer hikers and travellers a view of both North Carolina and Georgia as well!

massive limestone formation  of El Capitan in Guadalupe Mountains National Parks,  Texas, USA

South: Guadalupe Peak Trail

The cool fall weather getting to you? Go somewhere warm! The Guadalupe Peak Trail, a couple hours east of El Paso, is the perfect place to go for a cathartic hike in the desert. The trail reaches the highest peak in the state at just over 8,700 feet and travels along about 8.5 miles. You could literally be standing on the top of Texas!


Midwest: Turkey Run State Park

Though it has a reputation for being mostly flat, the midwest has plenty of hiking opportunities. One of the best examples is Turkey Run State Park, less than an hour and a half west of Indianapolis. With 11,000 acres of land to travel around, there’s always space to explore at Turkey Run State Park, making your fall hiking vacation as stimulating and fresh as the autumn air.


Southwest: Zion National Park

One of the most historically significant places to hike in the country is Zion National Park. Follow in the same footsteps as the native people and pioneers headed westward. The space is breath-taking for either a sunrise or a sunset. Make a list of the wide variety of animals and wildlife you come across, or keep a scrapbook with all of the cool plants along the way!

Beautiful Virginia Falls in the forests of Glacier National Park in northern Montana.

Northwest: Glacier National Park

The picturesque atmosphere of Montana is completely encompassed in Glacier National Park, making it a premier location for a hiking vacation in the Northwest. The national park offers 700 miles of hikeable trails, all perfect for experiencing all the beauty of the tranquil forests, alpine meadows, mountains and crystal clear lakes.

The climb on John Muir Trail with beautiful sky.

West Coast: John Muir Trail

One of the most popular mountain ranges for skilled hikers is the Pacific Coast Trail. Specifically, a popular portion of the hike is the John Muir Trail. The trail is 211 miles long, runs through the Sierra Nevada mountain range through Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, and reaches as high as 13,000 to 14,000 foot peaks. Not for the faint of heart or those weak in the knees, but a great accomplishment to shave off your bucket list if you’re really looking to accomplish something during your next vacation.

Female hiker overlooking Kee beach from Kalalau trail on Na Pali coast of Kauai

Hawaii: Kalalau Trail

Hawaii gets its own special shout-out only because the view from hiking around the state is all-encompassing. Everything from the ocean to volcanoes to unique ecology and beyond awaits travellers interested in hiking any of Hawaii’s many trails. The Kalalau Trail is one of the most popular trails in the Aloha state, running 11 miles along the North shore of Kauai.

Find Your Ideal Hiking Vacation Today!

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