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.