We can think of thousands of reasons why hikes are best during this season, but we picked these four as our top choices:
Spectacular Autumn scenery
While we appreciate the blue skies that summer and spring brings, we can’t get enough of the vivid colors that autumn displays. The beautiful natural exhibit of majestic foliage covering the forest and trails laden with dry leaves that crunch with each step, makes the whole adventure worthwhile. Don’t forget to snap loads of IG-worthy, ‘no filter necessary’ scenery.
Perfect outdoor temperature
Summer brings ideal blue skies and heat waves, but autumn is the perfect season if you enjoy a cooler temperature.
Although some really love the feel of a sweat-drenched shirt enduring 90+ degree summer heat, others prefer to hike without the added discomfort which makes the fall season a pleasure.
If you’re fond of wildlife, autumn hikes are something to look forward to. As nature prepares to hibernate, you’ll very likely see squirrels, rabbits, beavers and foxes foraging and building shelters. Bring out those binoculars to watch the activity from a safe distance.
One piece of advice is to wear bright clothes. Hunters are also out looking for their game, so avoid accidents at all costs by making yourself noticeable to hunters and other folk you’re sharing the trail with.
Unlike in the summer where bugs are active and irritating, there are fewer critters to bother you during fall. The bugs dwindle as the temperature drops which means less insect repellant.
If you’re still cooped up indoors, it’s about time to head out and enjoy the remaining autumn days. Get your gear ready and head out for a fantastic fall hike!