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.

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.

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!

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.


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.

Roger Williams Park

Providence & Newport, 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.

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.