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10 parks with fantastic fall color displays

By: Catie Leary on Oct. 15, 2010, 11:55 a.m.
Appalachian National Scenic Trail

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Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is not just a hiking path — it's a 2,175-mile long opportunity for leaf peepers.

Whether it's a light day hike or long-distance backpacking trip, this public footpath is a perfect place to experience fall foliage, especially if you live in any of the 14 eastern U.S. states that contain it (or near any of the 75 park lands the trail cuts through).

Since the trail expands from Georgia's Springer Mountain up to Maine's Mount Katahdin, the ideal months to check out the changing of the leaves vary with climate and elevation.