Top 25 Fall Foliage Runs in New England

There’s nothing quite quite New England in the fall. Crisp air, orchards, pumpkins, and, of course, gorgeous fall foliage. It’s also the best season in the region for running. We’ve put together a list of our top 25 fall foliage runs in New England, selecting the best from Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts, and Connecticut. These are routes which feature beautiful foliage and views and are great for running. We’ve tried to incorporate a variety of surfaces and types of terrain. The list below is organized by state: VT, NH, ME, MA, CT. For the Connecticut routes, we’d choose East Rock in New Haven, and Mianus River Park and Waveney Park in the Stamford/Greenwich area.

If you’d like to follow the ‘fall foliage line’, it’s running about a week late this year. Peak colors should be from late September/early October in far northern New England to late October/early November in Boston and southern New England.

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Shelburne Farms

Fall Foliage Runs in Vermont

A 1400-acre working farm 7 miles south of Burlington, Shelburne Farms is a National Historic Landmark with stunning waterfront views. For runners, there are more than 10 miles of walking trails that are open year-round, weather permitting.
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Woodstock: Billings Farm & Museum

Fall Foliage Runs in Vermont

This loop is a tour of the charming town of Woodstock, which is a popular visitors’ destination not far from the New Hampshire border. Our route starts at the Billings Farm & Museum, billed as a gateway to Vermont’s rural heritage and one of the finest operating dairy farms in America.
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Middlebury: Jackson Trail

Fall Foliage Runs in Vermont

Middlebury is an beautiful college campus in an idyllic college town. There is wonderful running around the campus and in the surrounding area. The Trail Around Middlebury (TAM) is an 18-mile loop, which encircles the town and links hundreds of acres of land.
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Camden

Fall Foliage Runs in Maine

Coastal fishing village is a popular visitor spot. We've mapped a 3 mile route from town, featuring views of Penobscot Bay. Camden Hills State Park offers a challenging run/hike up Mount Battie, with stunning views, or a 5-mile multi-use trail.
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Cape Elizabeth

Portland, ME

Cape Elizabeth is Portland’s most affluent suburb, with lovely waterfront sections and pretty residential streets. This is the route of the 10k Beach to Beacon road race. Options to vary from this.
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Wiscasset

Fall Foliage Runs in Maine

Known as “The Prettiest Village in Maine,” Wiscasset is a choice town for a residential/commercial run with an old timey seaport feel. We've mapped out a gorgeous 5-mile run highlighting Wiscasset and over the bridge to Fort Edgecomb State Park.
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Pineland Farms

Portland, ME

This 5,000 acre working farm located 18 miles northwest of Portland is a great place for a destination run. 30 km of trails, with a wonderful combination of woods, fields, and farm buildings, on rolling terrain. Open dawn to dusk, no fee required!
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New Haven

Connecticut: Highlights

This coastal city on the northern edge of Long Island Sound is also home to famed Yale University. Running highlights include East Rock, the Yale Campus, some great waterfront options, and historic neighborhoods.
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Stamford & Greenwich

Connecticut: Highlights

Gateways to NYC and also home to many financial firm offices and commuters. Best running in the area is Greenwich Point, Norwalk waterfront, Waveny Park, and Mianus River Park. Also some pleasant & pastoral rural roads.
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