Fall-ing for Foliage on the First Day of Fall in Baltimore
Pumpkin spice coffee has been available for weeks and stores are already stocking Halloween decor, but the official start of fall—the autumnal equinox—is on the 22nd. Whether you’re a PSL fan or not, there’s plenty to love about fall: crisp breezes, hayrides, and, of course, vibrant fall foliage.
So, now’s the time to take a scenic road trip and take in those dazzling reds, oranges, and yellows! Keep reading to discover some of the best places in Maryland to view fall foliage.
Celebrating The First Day of Fall
Each year, the autumnal equinox commences fall in the Northern Hemisphere, beckoning cooler temperatures and changing leaves (and cider donuts). The equinox also marks when the sun starts rising later and setting earlier, so it might be dark during your commute soon, but don’t worry, daylight savings ends November 7th!
They call it “leaf peeping”—traveling to a new destination to see the changing leaves. There are so many beautiful places to see foliage not too far from your home here at Anthem House!
Just an hour’s drive from Anthem, Sugarloaf Mountain makes the perfect Sunday drive. This mountain is home to over 500 species of plants, including beautiful red and white oaks. You can take a hike along the trail, or just park for a quick stroll and photo op! The mountain views and fall foliage are a scenic match made in heaven.
There are some fantastic walking trails at Oregon Ridge, including a few with gorgeous lakeside routes. After a stroll and some foliage photos, you can stop by the nature center to learn more about Maryland’s native flora and fauna. Plus, it’s only 25 minutes from your home here at Anthem house! Be sure to stop by on October 2nd and 3rd for the Honey Harvest Festival––it’s bee-utiful.
The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal is another must-see foliage destination. It’s under an hour away from the city, but it feels like you’re in another land. Try the Four Locks Walking Tour for a dose of history with your leaf peeping.
Enjoy both the creekside landscape and the foliage at Seneca Creek. It’s about a 45-minute drive from Baltimore. There are over 50 miles of trails to trek, and it’s a great place for a bike ride if you have a bike. If not, there’s still plenty to see and do, like picnicking or hiking.
Located in Hereford, Gunpowder Falls is just 30 minutes away by car. Pack your hiking gear, a fall-themed snack, and your camera to make the most of these beautiful trails and falls.
If you’d prefer to stay closer to your home here at Anthem House, there’s still plenty of parks right here in the city to explore. Check out our blog post featuring some incredible local parks to find a foliage sighting spot in Baltimore.
We’re always fall-ing for you, Anthem House residents! We hope you have a wonderful first day of fall and we hope you can peep some leaves soon. If you do, be sure to post a photo on socials and tag us, @AnthemHouse!