Fantastic Fall Running Spots in Eastern N. America

Autumn is a fantastic season for running. Crisp air, orchards, pumpkins, and of course the changing leaves. We’ve put together several compilations of favorite fall runs: guides for autumn epicenters Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts, as well as a “Top 20 Fall Foliage Runs in New England’ list.

This list focuses on some 20 favorite routes in North America that are particularly special in the fall, mainly in the east. We’ve selected 5 from our New England Guide. You won’t find beach runs or pine tree forests here! These routes are generally in signature parks, wooded paths, or spots with great foliage views, in areas with the prettiest autumn leaves. We’ve tried to point out one special route in each city.

To plan for peak foliage running, follow the calendar. Peak is early October in far northern areas, mid-October north of Boston, late October in southern New England, and early to mid-November down to the mid-Atlantic.

Mount Royal

Montreal, Quebec

The iconic Montreal run. Mount Royal defines the city, and this Olmsted-designed park offers numerous trail options, including a run to the summit–accessible from downtown!
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Gatineau Park

Ottawa, Ontario

Gatineau Park is a great destination if you have time. There are several lakeside beaches, and more than 100 miles of paved and unpaved trails for walking and running.
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Mont-Sainte-Anne

Quebec City, Quebec

30 minutes from Quebec City, this is a great trail running destination in summer. There are trails for various abilities: a gentler run to the summit, a loop around a lake, summit ridge trails, and a waterfall trail involving 400 steps.
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Mt. Hope Cemetery & Highland Park

Rochester, NY

Mt. Hope Cemetery is a historical landmark offering 14 miles of hilly interior paths that are wonderful for running. Adjacent Highland Park features 500 acres of wonderful trees and plans and is famous for 500 varieties of lilacs.
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Roland Park Neighborhood

Baltimore, MD

Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted between 1890 and 1920 as the first “planned suburban community”. Our guide to some of the nicest streets in this classic, gorgeous residential neighborhood.
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