My favorite color is fall. I just love everything about the season, the fragrances, the sweater weather, and my favorite trails painted in all shades of yellow, orange and reds, glowing in the autumn sun.
Leaf peeping is probably my top fall activity, making apple and pumpkin picking a close second. I hike year round but fall is definitely the best time to hit the trails. And there's no shortage of the latter in Maryland!
The best time for leaf peeping in Maryland is about to come to a trail near you! Check out Fall Foliage Report from the MD Department of Natural Resources, and plan a hiking trip within the next couple of weeks or so. If you are not sure where to go, download the All Trails App with tons of options for all levels of experience. Or give me a call, I'd be happy to share my favorites with you.
A couple of things you should be aware of. Peak leaf peeping season in Maryland also means:
1. It's still deer tick season. It's super nice to go on a hike and to not have to bathe in bug spray beforehand! We tend to take this precaution less seriously when the bugs are less pesky. But the deer ticks are still out there en mass searching for a host to feast on.
2. It's black bear season. You probably won't encounter a black bear in your local neighborhood park, but there have been sightings in Patapsco Valley State Park. If you are heading to the Appalachian, to Black Rock or Annapolis Rock, then definitely be mindful that they are most active in the fall. It's when they fatten up before going into hibernation.
Coming very soon to a trail near you. Leaf peeping in Maryland.