When fall hits, many folks celebrate the arrival of sweaters, the holidays and all things pumpkin spice. Cyclists however, celebrate the crisp weather, the change in scenery and decking out in warm weather gear.
There’s just something about fall weather that not only makes people want to cozy up inside, but bundle up and head outside as well. Grab your bike and enjoy the fall season outdoors on one - or more - of many stunning bike rides around the country. Here are our top favorites to help get you started:
Carriage Roads at Acadia National Park | Maine
Financed by philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, Jr., the Carriage Roads and stone bridges in Acadia National Park are a stunning sight to see for outdoor enthusiasts alike. Cyclists can enjoy 45 miles of scenic crushed rock surfaces amongst autumn colored trees.
Blueberry Lake at Green Mountain National Forest | Vermont
If you’re a beginner looking for easy scenic rides then head to Blueberry Lake in Green Mountain National Forest. Enjoy the crisp air on a few moderate trails featuring downhill slopes, easy climbs and lake views.
Shenandoah Valley | Virginia
Situated in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains is the Skyline Drive Scenic Highway that stretches 105 miles through Shenandoah National Park. You want a long ride with amazing views? This is it! You’ll experience miles of downhill descents, short climbs and 75 stunning overlooks to choose from.
Lost Lake Trail at Chugach National Forest | Alaska
Venture to South central Alaska for a beautiful mountain bike ride along Lost Lake Trail in Chugach National Forest. If you’re interested in this intermediate to difficult ride, you’ll have the best of both worlds with elements from both forest and tundra. Gear up!
The Kancamagus Pass | New Hampshire
Are you a road cyclist looking for a challenge? The Kancamagus Pass in the White Mountains of New Hampshire is it! At 2,855 feet, this 80-mile ride is filled with smooth terrain, long climbs, breathtaking views and much more. We promise you, this ride in the fall will be one for the books.
Cades Cove Loop at Great Smoky Mountains National Park | Tennessee
Picture it: 11-miles of mountain peaks, diverse wildlife and historic 19th century homesites through out the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This popular cycling route offers steep terrains, riverside trails and rolling hills for cyclists to enjoy.
Blue Ridge Parkway | Virginia and North Carolina
The Blue Ridge Parkway offers cyclists over 450-miles of picturesque landscapes to choose from. Known to many as one of the most iconic roads in the U.S., this route is a multi-state ride that stretches across Virginia and North Carolina. Cyclists will encounter long distances, major climbs and above all, striking sceneries.
Y’all get out there and enjoy the beautiful outdoors this season. If you have any fall bike ride suggestions, share them with us in the comments section below!