Favorite Fall Foliage Routes

Top 25 Foliage Routes in Eastern N. America Cities

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 25 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, working our way from north to south.

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!


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.

Toronto Beltline Trail

Toronto, Ontario

A linear park running about 8 miles through the northeast part of the city, connecting the neighborhoods of Rosedale, Moore Park, Forest Hill, Chaplin Estates, and Fairbank. The trail consists of three sections.

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.

Schodack Island State Park

Albany, NY

Schodack Island State Park, located 10 miles south of Albany, is a good spot for some gentle path and trail running. The park borders the Hudson River, and has 3-4 miles of mainly wooded trails.

Green Lakes State Park

Syracuse, NY

Great spot for some gentle trail running, located 10 miles east of downtown. There are 15+ miles of trails through woods and around two glacial lakes. Can combine with a section of the Erie Canal Towpath.

Roger Williams Park

Providence, RI

Elaborately landscaped 427-acre park and historic district is one of the loveliest urban parks in the United States. Our 3.1 mile loop runs past the Temple to Music, and The Roger Williams Botanical Gardens. Good 2-mile add-on as well.

Pocahontas State Park

Richmond, VA

The 64 miles of paved bike paths, double track fire roads, and dirt trails of scenic Pocahontas State Park are definitely worth the 30 minute drive from Richmond. Popular trails are the Old Mill bike path and the Beaver Lake loop.

Rivanna Trail

Charlottesville, VA

The Rivanna Trail encircles Charlotteville for about 20 miles, covering prime ground on the banks of the Rivanna River and through a series of city parks. Paved and dirt trail sections.

Bent Creek

Asheville, NC

This top outdoor destination in Asheville has a variety of trails from easy to challenging, including a series of dirt Forest Service Roads. Start at the North Carolina Arboretum or Lake Powhatan Recreation Area. Part of the Pisgah National Forest.

Stone Mountain Park

Atlanta, GA

One of Atlanta’s major recreational destinations, 15 mi. from downtown. Numerous running options, from a gentler 5-mile loop around the park perimeter to some more advanced trail running. Also great hiking and trail running options.

Warner Parks, Harpeth River Greenway

Nashville, TN

2600 acres of forest and field located minutes south of downtown. The historic entrance is marked by “The Allee”, an impressive set of stone steps, leading to great views of the Nashville skyline. Can also connect to Harpeth River Greenway.

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