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Favorite Fall Running Spots: Mountain Edition

 By Mark Lowenstein, Chief Running Officer, Great Runs

 With cooling temperatures and changing leaves, fall is a favorite season for runners. In our companion piece, we highlighted some of the best fall foliage routes in major eastern North America cities, from Montreal to Richmond. This article is focused on some signature routes in  some of the most popular destinations for leaf-peepers: mountainous areas of New England, and some picks in the Rockies. For a full guide, see our numerous fall foliage route lists, or click on “foliage” in the Categories on the Great Runs home page.

Vermont: Pretty much the entire state is fall foliage capital USA. The leaves peak from early- to mid- October, working north to south.  Some favorite spots where you won’t be contending with cars:

·      Near Burlington, we love the trails at the Catamount Outdoor Center.

·      In the resort of Stowe, take our covered bridge run or enjoy the 5-mile Rec Path.

·      The trails around Middlebury College are gorgeous, featuring views to Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks. For more, see this list of top foliage routes in Vermont.

·      In southern Vermont, the Equinox Preservation Trust is a favorite in the Manchester area. The West River Trail in Brattleboro is especially pretty in fall.

Vermont Fall Foliage Runs

Vermont Fall Foliage Runs


The Berkshires. Located in western Massachusetts between Boston and New York, the area is still bustling in fall. Pretty much all of our routes in the Berkshires are splendid in the fall. Among our favorites are a route combining Lenox and Tanglewood, and our ‘running tour’ of the Norman Rockwell Museum.

The Berkshires, Massachusetts

The Berkshires, Massachusetts


New Hampshire. One favorite area is around North Conway, which is a gateway to the White Mountains and features numerous recreation paths, gentle trail running opportunities, and bucolic quiet roads. Other foliage hotspots are around the Lakes region, the Merrimack area, the Monadnock region, and Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee.

New Hampshire Fall Foliage Runs

New Hampshire Fall Foliage Runs


Connecticut. As foliage peaks in late October/early November, the interior sections can be especially pretty. A favorite is the 20 miles of trails in Devil’s Den and the Weir Farms National Historic site, run by the Nature Conservancy.

Runs Throughout Connecticut

Runs Throughout Connecticut


Colorado. It’s magnificent to see the aspens and oaks changing leaves. Peak season ranges from mid-September to mid-October working north to south. We’ve developed running guides for the mountain resorts of Aspen and Vail which have wonderful recreation paths and trail running for all abilities. We suggest finding routes that are more open rather than wooded, so you can view the leaves at their best.

Aspen, Colorado

Aspen, Colorado

Vail, Colorado

Vail, Colorado

Additional Resources

Several lists of fall foliage routes: https://greatruns.com/lists/favorite-fall-foliage-routes/

All our routes tagged ‘foliage’:  https://greatruns.com/category/foliage/

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The Best Places to Run in Destinations Worldwide

“I’m traveling to [Chicago, London, Beijing…name your city] next week. Where are the best places to go running?” Until now, you might have relied on some random hotel concierge for guidance, or on a crowd-sourced route from one of the leading running apps such as MapMyRun or Strava.  But help is now here in the form of Great Runs, which is the ultimate guide to the best places to run in cities and destinations worldwide.

Great Runs was started three years ago and has built up a catalog of thousands of curated running routes in some 400 locations popular with both business and leisure travelers. For each city, they provide guidance to the most interesting, scenic, and accessible places to run. The routes are developed using extensive research – traveling to those locations, talking with folks in the local running community, and calling reps at visitor bureaus. For a typical city, Great Runs provides maps and descriptions for 10-15 of the most beautiful routes, even designating 2-3 in each city as the ‘must do’ or ‘iconic’ run…as in, “if you only have 24 hours in Berlin, this is the must-do run”. Most routes have numerous options for distances, and other essential information such as elevation gain, public transport access, and even keywords such as ‘by the water’, ‘hilly’, etc. 

Movement is pleased to announce a partnership with Great Runs. We’ll be highlighting a different city or fun list of favorite spots in each issue.