“Sometimes I’ll drive up there with no destination and stop at a random trailhead. I haven’t had a bad time yet.”

A view from Artist’s Bluff in New Hampshire’s White Mountains at sunrise. Greg DuBois

There’s no better place to experience fall than in New England and hiking is one of the best ways to take advantage of all the season has to offer.

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Given that the region is blessed with options of beautiful hiking, we asked readers which New England state they felt was the best place to hit the trails, and they delivered with their favorite locations and recommendations for the best loops to take. 

The clear favorite for fall hiking was New Hampshire, which got 61% of the vote for best New England state for fall hiking, followed by Vermont at 18% and Maine at 8.5%.

The most commonly endorsed fall hiking destinations were the White Mountains in New Hampshire, where dozens of readers suggested the Presidential Range, and Acadia National Park in Maine. 

“[The] White Mountains in New Hampshire offer unmatched sights in the East,” said Jim W. from Bar Harbor, Maine. “But nothing beats the beauty of the coast and the mountains of Acadia.”

Thankfully there’s no reason to limit yourself to just one state if you plan to make hiking part of your fall activities. There are 16 national parks and over 100 state parks in Massachusetts alone, and hundreds of hiking trails across the region — so many that some readers found it hard to narrow down on any one favorite.

“Most of New Hampshire and Western Massachusetts are beautiful options for fall hiking,” said one reader. “Vermont is obviously stunning too.”

If you’re looking to get some hikes in this fall before the trails frost over, here are some recommendations in each New England state from readers. 

Responses have been lightly edited …….


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