Favorite Fall Foliage Routes

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. For the Connecticut routes, we’d choose East Rock in New Haven, and Mianus River Park Waveney Park in the Stamford/Greenwich area, and anywhere in the Litchfield Hills.

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Shelburne Farms

Vermont: Foliage Routes

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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Lamoille Valley Rail Trail

Stowe, VT

A recently developed multi-use path that runs between Morrisville and Cambridge. The trail quite flat, with a smooth gravel surface. There are wonderful mountain views along the trail, with terrain alternating between woods and open farm fields.
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Woodstock: Billings Farm & Museum

Vermont: Foliage Routes

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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Acadia National Park Carriage Roads

You don’t have to be a serious trail runner to enjoy the backcountry views in this National Park. Acadia has 45 miles of wide, well-groomed carriage roads that are perfect for a refreshing fall run. Fantastic option in the fall.
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Camden

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

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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Moosehead Lake

At this massive lake, which is just west of Baxter State Park and the 100 Mile Wilderness, moose outnumber people 3:1 — so it's one of your best bets for viewing wildlife while you run.
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Westerly & Watch Hill

Rhode Island - All Routes

In Westerly, enjoy the pretty town center, Wilcox Park, Victorian homes along Elm St., and riverside Mechanic St. Our 6.2-mile Watch Hill tour features the scenic highlights of this historic coastal resort, with gorgeous homes & water views.
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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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Litchfield Hills

Connecticut: Highlights

We've mapped 10+ routes in the scenic Litchfield Hills, including the extensive Farmington Canal Heritage/Farmington River Trails, several easygoing trail runs, and pretty rural roads in Kent, Norfolk, Barkhamsted, Litchfield, and Salisbury.
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