Before we know it, we’ll be trading in our summer sandals for close-toed shoes and our shorts for pants. But as summer winds down and the weather turns chilly, know that your outdoor fun doesn’t need to end.
Fall is a great time of year to go on a long hike because you don’t need to worry about the weather being too hot or getting bitten by pesky mosquitoes. With the right clothing and preparation for the shorter days, you can make this fall your most active to date. Consider these hiking spots around the United States to see the foliage change while getting your steps in.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
If you’re looking to get into the mountains, consider Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which spans more than 500,000 acres in Tennessee and North Carolina. Popular hiking destinations in the park include Alum Cave Bluffs, Chimney Tops, and Rainbow Falls Trail, which offer astounding views, especially during foliage changes.
Mount Rainier National Park
Known to be one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the United States, Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state is also picturesque beyond belief without having to climb to the top!
The park offers more than 130 trails, ranging from easy to strenuous for even the most advanced climbers and hikers. Sunrise Point beneath Mt. Rainier sits at an elevation of just 6,400 feet and is accessible by car until late September/early October, so it’s best to plan your trip accordingly as many roads are closed by mid-October due to snowy conditions.
Passing through 14 states and extending almost 2,200 miles, the Appalachian Trail is unmissable for anyone looking to get out in nature this fall or anytime of the year.
Spanning from Georgia to Maine, this cross-country trial offers vastly changing landscapes, gorgeous peaks and rolling hills alongside quaint towns that are friendly to hikers.
Thanks to its length, the trail is accessible to millions of Americans across the United States looking for anything from a day, weekend or week-long trek in nature.
Acadia National Park
If being in a sea of sunset-colored trees this fall is high on your bucket list, know you can’t go wrong with a visit to Acadia National Park in Maine in October.
Acadia spans more than 49,000 acres and offers visitors mountains, lakes, ponds, islands, woods and an ocean coastline, complete with scenic views that will take your breath away. Visitors even have an opportunity to go whale watching off the coast!
Plus, hikers are less than an hour from Bar Harbor, Maine, which has quaint shops, local restaurants and hotels if you want a comfy place to sleep.
Bring Summit Biltong
Before you head out for your fall hiking expedition, make sure to add a pack of Summit Biltong to your backpack to keep you energized for the whole trial.
Our biltong is 100% natural and contains no additives, nitrates or MSG. Plus it’s gluten-free, keto-friendy and paleo-friendly and comes in three unique and all-natural flavors: Spicy Chili, Garlic and Herb, or Original. Right now we’re offering all individual bags for just $4.99 including shipping!