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Autumn Mountain Bike Trails In Delaware
Fall brings cooler temperatures and low humidity to Delaware. The forested regions of the state often have brilliant foliage displays. Peak color for Delaware is late October-early November.
Autumn is one of the best times to pedal the miles of greenways and trails from the New Castle County Mountain Bike Trails and the Chesapeake Bay bike paths and rail trails including the Junction and Breakwater Trail to Delaware' s Southern Heritage Trail Bike Routes.
35+ miles of well-groomed multi-use trails at White Clay Creek State Park (pictured right) provides access to one of the best places to view the changing leaves and migratory birds such as hawks and eagles as they make their annual long-distance trips between their summer breeding grounds and winter residences.
Learn the basics of identifying raptors in flight at one of the special Autumn Nature Programs offered at the White Clay Creek State Park Nature Center. Additional miles for mountain biking are available in the adjacent county-managed Middle Run Valley Natural Area (late October).
As the summer gives way to fall, the pine forest trails and unspoiled marshland of the Atlantic coast of Maryland and Delaware take on the sere colors of Autumn. It is the perfect time to cycle along the quiet roads along the back bays and inlets bordered by wetlands. The area supports one of the largest concentrations of migratory birds especially during the southbound autumn migration. See Southern Delaware By Bicycle
Autumn Mountain Bike Trails In Maryland
October comes Maryland’s glorious fall foliage season. Splashes of
Autumn reds and yellows will begin to streak the
western Maryland mountains around the end of September. In Garrett County,
the foliage spectacle will be well underway by the first week of October
and will peak around the middle of the month. The Savage
River State Forest Trails including the New
Germany State Park Trails, Garrett
State Forest Trail System, Swallow Falls State Park, and Herrington
Manor State Park are among the best locations for viewing the early changes
(late September-mid October).
In general, the leaves in central Maryland will peak in mid- to late October,
with the colors along the Eastern Shore reaching their full potential in
For riding while enjoying brilliant fall color, bike the C&O
Canal Trail (pictured top right) which follows the Potomac River in
the Western and Capitol regions and passes many natural and historic wonders
or try the Northern Central Railroad
Trail, which combined with the historic York
County Heritage Trail in Pennsylvania, makes a perfect weekend
cycling trip through the scenic rural countryside of Central Maryland
and the Pennsylvania Dutch Region. Though the southern section
of the NCR passes through Gunpowder
Falls State Park, avoid busy fall weekends and bike the northern
section of the NCR trail.
Hill Natural Resource Management Area in the Eastern Shore region
offers 75+ miles of trails, with single-track for advanced riders and
double-track for easy and moderate riding. Enjoy the park’s oaks,
poplars and sycamores, all decked out in the their autumn best.
When exploring southern Maryland and the lower Eastern
Shore, keep in mind that these areas tend to have heavy concentrations
of pines. Even when the fall leaves are at their best, much greenery
remains, but it actually compliments the autumn colors.
Fall is the perfect time of the year to bike at the beach
on the Assateague National Seashore Trails.
The weather is mild this time of year on this 37 mile Barrier Island,
which encompasses a part of both Maryland and Virginia. Bike paths
wind among coastal forest, salt marshes and along secluded beaches,
spectacular dunes and back bays. The best time for shell collecting is during the fall, especially after a big storm has sent waves crashing to shore. Collecting is limited to one gallon of unoccupied shells. Take less to ensure a supply for beach dwelling organisms like the hermit crab. Into birdwatching? Waterfowl stop here in large numbers for a break during their southward fall migration.
Maryland Fall Foliage Guide: Peak color for the
western mountains is early October with the colors moving from higher elevations
to lower by mid-October. Garrett
County's foliage turns around the end of September and peaks toward
the middle of October. In southern and central Maryland, late October
and early November colors are the best months for peak displays.
weekly updates on where the leaves are changing and what fun fall events
are taking place, call Maryland Fall Foliage/Events at 1-800-532-837. or
visit the Maryland
Fall Foliage Hotline, a cooperative effort of DNR and
the Maryland Office of Tourism.
Autumn Mountain Bike Trails In Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania’s changing foliage creates a breathtaking backdrop for biking and hiking. There are thousands of miles of trails, from easy to challenging, from well-traveled trailheads and rail trails to remote wilderness. They take you through sweeping valleys and old-growth forests and climb far-reaching hills and mountains.
The Lehigh Gorge Trail, along the Lehigh River follows the winding Lehigh River Mountain offering breathtaking vistas, cascading water falls and in the fall season, mountain sides covered in a blanket of red, orange and yellow. After riding, enjoy a scenic train ride, take a fascinating historic house tour and come play in the leaves at the Jim Thorpe Annual Fall Foliage Festival traditionally held during the second weekend of October.
The McDade Recreational Trail winds along the Delaware River between the low forested mountains of Pennsylvania and New Jersey offering awesome views and ever changing backdrops -- Summer greens give way to brilliant fall hues of reds, oranges and golds and goldenrods and asters dominate the landscape.
One of the most spectacular natural areas in the Commonwealth, the Pine Creek Gorge is often referred to as the "Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania." Besides beautiful fall scenery, forests of old growth Hemlock and native Red Pine, dramatic rock outcroppings and waterfalls, there is plenty of wildlife viewing opportunity here. The Pine Creek Trail (shown above right) in the Susquehanna Valley region is a rail trail conversion, taking you through a spectacular Gorge and two state parks (early-mid October).
Youghiogheny River Trail, in the southern Allegheny region is part
of the Great Allegheny Passage, a 152 mile biking and hiking trail
that will connect Pittsburgh with the C&O
Canal in Cumberland, Maryland. The 27 mile section of the trail within Ohiopyle
State Park is exceptionally beautiful during the autumn with red, orange
and gold hues framing the many spectacular waterfalls, rock outcroppings
and scenic overlooks (mid October).
Gallatzin State Park is a great fall and winter outdoor recreation
destination. The trails are a lot less crowded then. Enjoy reflections
of fall color while mountain biking along the forest rimmed shorelines
of Glendale Lake or Slate Lick. Bike singletrack through beautiful
woods of red, orange, and yellow and look for Bald Eagles perched in
the bare trees or flying over the ice when they arrive in the park
in late February.
Mountain biking the Allegheny National Forest Trails in the Northern Allegheny region will provide you with some of the best fall cycling adventures in Pennsylvania. There's a variety of terrain and trails to suit every skill level. Forest service roads, cross-country ski trails, atv trails and rail trails are open all year round, even for winter biking - - weather permitting.
The Two Mile Run County Park Trails just south of Lake Erie in Western
Pennsylvania offers some of the best singletrack mountain biking in the area.This gem of a County Park is surrounded by rich and colorful fall scenery and industrial and cultural history replete with forts and inns dating from the French and Indian Wars and the oil boom years.
Pennsylvania Fall Foliage Guide: Peak color for the northern region is expected by the first week in October. The central region typically reaches full color around October 8 - 14. Southeastern Pennsylvania usually peaks during the last two weeks of October.
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