If the great outdoors is your thing, then this time of the year is about as good as it gets! The near-perfect temperatures are a welcome change after the summer heat, and bright orange and red leaves contrasted against a clear blue sky create a picture perfect setting for hiking through the wilderness. We’ve rounded up the top 5 most gorgeous hikes in the United States, so grab your camera from Buydig.com, pull on your boots and take a hike.
Old Rag Mountain in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Said to be the toughest hike in Shenandoah National Park, Old Rag Trail is not for novice hikers. However, don’t let that deter you from the nearly 9-mile-long circuit. The park’s 200,000 protected acres come alive in a natural palette of bright orange, gold, yellow and red in autumn. Strap on your GoPro Hero 5 to your helmet because you’re going to need all hands on deck for this rugged terrain. Share your adventure with friends when you automatically upload photos and videos directly to the cloud for easy viewing, editing and sharing on the go.
The Appalachian Trail through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee One of the most popular parks in the country, the Appalachian Trail is nothing short of spectacular in the fall. This part of the trail winds through the lush Great Smoky Mountains and offers glimpses of foliage and cascading waterfalls as well as valley viewpoints. If you don’t have weeks to spend on the 94 mile trail, hike the smaller section from the Iron Mountain Gap to the Cross Mountain, which is a mere 17 miles and allows you to set up camp with your Coleman 2-Person Pop-Up Tent from Buydig.com in the decorated Cherokee National Forest.
Jordan Pond Full Loop: Acadia National Park, Maine
If you’re looking for an easier hike with breathtaking views you can capture on your Nikon D3300 DSLR Camera, the Jordan Pond Loop is a great choice. This is a 3.4-mile loop trail that is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Bring along your 4-legged best friend on this trail because dogs are allowed here as well.
Wildwood Trail, Oregon
Covering over 30 miles, this trail is flanked by spectacular Douglas firs, creating a thick canopy along the scenic route. For an eerie, yet hauntingly beautiful landscape, strap on your camera and make the northwest turn onto the trail at mile marker number 12. Through the lush trees, and a grueling climb, you’ll find views that are postcard-worthy. With a stream-filled ravine decorated with brightly colored leaves in red, orange, light yellow and green hues.
Breakneck Ridge Trail: Beacon, New York
Despite its relatively short length of only 6 miles, this is considered to be the most strenuous hike in the East Hudson Highlands. It involves steep climbs over rock ledges that can be very slippery when wet requiring you to use both your hands and feet in many places along the way. Download Avenza’s free PDF Maps app on your cellular phone so you can track your location along the way.