By Catarina Cowden

The temperature has begun its descent. Not to that unbearable winter cool, but to the perfect crisp breeze that only exists in the fair season of autumn. And there's no better way to enjoy the cool weather, and beautiful scenic views that come along it, than out on a bike ride.

Whether you are an avid cyclist, or an infrequent rider, there is something about fall that just calls for bike riding fun. You can ride comfortably, without the overheating that comes in summer, but you don’t feel too harsh of a wind chill when you pick up speed as you do in winter. Fall cycling is the most enjoyable time to ride, add some vivid colors of leaves falling in your path and it's like pedaling through a dream.

Certain areas of the world experience fall a bit better. As a native New Englander, I know just what quality fall is. And the best part about it, was hopping on my road bike, and hitting the East Bay Bike Path to soak in the warm sun among the cool breeze. I stand by that everyone should experience a bike ride in prime fall season, and with this list, you may just find an epic ride near you. If not, just soak in the sensational colors that jump out of the photos of these 11 trails for fabulous fall bike rides.

Fabulous Fall Rides: Scenic Bike Trails


Cape Cod Rail Trail

Experience a peaceful autumn ride along the blue waters of Cape Cod in the 22-mile Cape Cod Rail Trail. Along with the breeze coming off the ocean, see the changing colors of all the different types of landscapes including salt marshes, pine forests, and cranberry bogs.


Great Allegheny Passage

Extending 150 miles, the Great Allegheny Passage runs from Cumberland, Maryland to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As you cycle through you will travel through area’s industrial past and the vibrant hues of the nature that still lives on today. You’ll want your camera to capture the green hillsides paired with oranges, reds, and yellows of the surrounding trees.


Virginia Creeper Trail

Creep along the Virginia Creeper Trailer to do some incredible leaf peeping. The 35-mile trail runs from Abingdon to Whitetop through national forest and crossing the Appalachian Trail. As you bike past the glistening river views wave hello to all of the grazing llamas.


The Colorado Trail

Rising high over 13,000 feet, The Colorado Trail will give you epic views of fall foliage below. Close to 500 miles long and running from Denver to Durango in Colorado the trail is filled with forested mountains and mountain biking fun.


C&O Canal Towpath

The C&O Canal Towpath otherwise known as The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park runs over 180 miles between Washington, D.C. and Cumberland Maryland. The route follows along the Potomac River and is densely populated by color-popping trees and spectacular structures. Along the trail take a break at the many picnic areas, campgrounds, and lookout points to stare in appreciation at the wonders of autumn.


Farmington Canal Heritage Trail

Ride through the rich fall scenery that exists only in New England. The Farmington Canal Heritage Trail runs from the Yale University Campus in New Haven, Connecticut for 40 miles to Northampton, Massachusetts.


Winnipesaukee River Trail

Running along the Winnipesaukee River this trail connects Franklin and Tilton Northfield, New Hampshire. It may be small at a mere 5.1 miles, but it is packed with every scene you need to see in the fall season. From the fallen leaves that cover the path to the unusual upside down covered bridge, this tiny trail is worth the trip.


Neuse River Greenway

The tree-lined Neuse River Trail in North Carolina runs for 28 miles over two suspension bridges and boardwalks. The wetlands areas offer terrific wildlife viewing and this smooth well-kept trail will be the highlight of the season.

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