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The Best Places to See Fall Colors in Maryland

As you plan your fall foliage viewing, check out these most beautiful spots in Maryland to create a memorable experience! Autumn presents a small window to take advantage of the vibrant colors that illuminate the landscape.

Maryland may be best known for Ocean City and its crabs with old bay, but don’t miss the chance to see Maryland shine at the peak of fall! From the C&O Canal to Cunningham Falls, Maryland has attractive places to take in the fall viewing of leaves changing colors. Maryland’s color changes usually peak in mid to late October, so make your plans now to take full advantage of its beauty. Here are our picks for the best places to see the beauty of fall in Maryland: 

C&O Canal

C & O Canal Stream

The 184.5-mile-long Chesapeake & Ohio Canal is located along the north bank of the Potomac River, starting in Washington, DC and ending in Cumberland, MD. The canal was built between 1828 and 1850, and it operated sporadically between floods until 1924. In 1954, US Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas organized an eight day hike up the canal’s towpath in an effort to save it from being converted to a parkway. His efforts succeeded, and in 1971 the canal became a National Historic Park.

The C&O Canal affords a perfect route to enjoy fall foliage as it changes colors in October. The main trail has other trails that offshoot from it, so be prepared for whatever type of hiking you’d like to do if you decide to visit. Or, just enjoy the drive among the colorful leaves clinging on the trees against the roadways. 

Deep Creek Lake

Deep Creek Lake View

Deep Creek Lake is the largest inland body of water in the U.S. state of Maryland. It covers approximately 3,900 acres and has 69 miles of shoreline. Like all lakes in Maryland, it is man-made. The lake is home to a wide variety of freshwater fish and aquatic birds.

Situated among the mountains in western Maryland, Deep Creek Lake is a four-season lake, and provides majestic views of the autumn colors. Hike area trails to take in the fresh air and the beauty of fall up-close. Or, you can stay at any of the area resorts / hotels and make a weekend trip of your fall adventure! 

Sugarloaf Mountain

Sugarload Mountain View

Sugarloaf Mountain is a small mountain and park about 10 miles south of Frederick, Maryland. The mountain has many wonderful hiking trails that can be combined to create many different loops. As you hike through the woods, enjoying the colors and nature, be on the lookout for wildlife such as white-tailed deer.

Annapolis

Annapolis view

Annapolis, Maryland’s capital city, is on the Chesapeake Bay. Its historic district includes 18th-century brick houses and the 1700s Maryland State House.

With temperatures still warm enough for some water activities, such as kayaking, visitors will have the area to themselves as the summer crowds have returned home.

Chestertown

Chestertown

Chestertown is a great town to use as an anchor to take in the fall colors along the Eastern Shore. A short drive is the Eastern Neck Wildlife Refuge, home to several birds, including ospreys and bald eagles, as well as impressive fall foliage.

The refuge’s trails offer excellent views of the Chester River and Chesapeake Bay! 

Cunningham Falls

Cunningham Falls State Park is a public recreation area located west of Thurmont, Maryland, in the United States. The state park is the home of Cunningham Falls, the largest cascading waterfall in Maryland, a 43-acre man-made lake, and the remains of a historic iron furnace. For those who love the early fall season, we recommend visiting here for a peak of all the beautiful leaf colors! 

As you plan your fall foliage viewing, check out these most beautiful spots in Maryland to create a memorable experience! Autumn presents a small window to take advantage of the vibrant colors that illuminate the landscape. Why not take full advantage of nature’s gift? Enjoy your expedition!

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