Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons to go hiking…it’s not too hot or cold, and the colours & smells are amazing! There are places where the colours just seem to be better than others, though, and I’ve spent some time thinking of locations that I’ve found to be particularly stunning.
Grab your hiking shoes and a hot drink and get ready to see some beautiful fall colours.
Fall Bucket List: 7 Hikes You Can’t Miss This Fall!
Bruce Peninsula National Park:
This one is kind of a given. It’s one of the most highly visited places in Ontario for a reason. Be prepared for crowds along with the picture perfect views this area of the province offers. The village of Tobermory itself is a wonderful place to stop in for lunch or a hot drink after you hike in the National Park. There are a few really cute shops to explore there as well!
This trail is absolutely stunning in the fall. The golden leaves falling as the wind blows through the trees. It’s picture perfect around every corner! I’ve been coming here every year since I discovered this gem, and it’s always breathtaking.
Granite Ridge Trail:
This trail is part of Killarney Provincial Park and offers similar views to The Crack, for a fraction of the effort! It’s about an hour long hike and the views of the granite ridges lined with trees is the definition of serenity.
Gut Lake Trail:
This trail is part of Grundy Lake Provincial Park and is a loop trail around the lake. It winds through the forest ducking in and out of the shoreline and offers great views of the changing foliage during the fall.
This trail passes two amazing waterfalls, Websters Falls & Tews Falls before reaching the lookout point over the town of Dundas. When the leaves are changing the view is nothing short of magical looking out over the escarpment.
Devils Punch Bowl:
This one is beautiful during the fall for a couple of reasons. The first and most obvious being that the immediate trail is surrounded by fall colours as you hike to the base of the Punch Bowl. The second, and not so obvious draw, is that from the top viewing platform you get gorgeous views of the city of Hamilton and the trees from above.
This one, to me, is a given. I love this place at any time of year, but the fall is an especially beautiful time to explore the park. I just got back from a canoe trip and the leaves have just started to change, I can’t wait to see what it’s going to look like in a couple of weeks!