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Special Features: Best Fall Foliage Bike Rides in the Northeast

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Autumn Mountain Bike Trails

Without fail, nature puts on a spectacular show in the northeast corridor of the United States every Fall. While New England is world famous for Autumn colors painted on the trees of its mountains and countryside, some of the best Fall Foliage bike rides can be found on the trails in the Adirondack and Appalachian mountains.

We have selected several mountain bike trails, rail trails and backcountry roads for each of the Northeastern States. These tend to be easy to moderate cycling adventures. Enjoy a fall foliage bike tour and enjoy nature’s show while pedaling at a more leisurely pace and still have energy for other activities such as Fall Harvest Festivals and pumpkin picking.

To find great Fall Foliage bike rides on some of the most colorful Autumn mountain bike trails in the northeast and New England, select an area from the list below.


We have included cool Tourist Bureau and State Agency websites that feature Fall Foliage reports and maps. Because conditions vary from year to year so will the exact timing and intensity of color. Although a degree of guesswork is involved some of the resources listed here should help in planning your Fall Foliage Bike Rides. Remember that Fall Foliage season attracts hordes of “leaf peepers” so plan any overnight bike trips in advance.

Color may begin to appear in isolated spots in far northern New England  and the Adirondacks  the first week in September. Typically, the color change begins at the higher elevations and in the northern part of the region mid-September and moves southward through mid-to-late October, ending in southern New England coastal areas at the end of October and in Mid-Atlantic coastal areas even later.