10 Places to See our Beautiful Fall Foliage
Get ready for sweaters, fireplaces, pumpkin patches, haunted hayrides, apple picking, smores and more!
Autumn is here! We’ve picked out a few of our favorite and best destinations to see fall foliage around Montgomery County!
From the top the Sligo Creek Trail connects to the southern edge of Wheaton Regional Park at Nairne and Ventura Aves. It then follows the Sligo Creek stream valley. At University Blvd. in Wheaton it begins to follow Sligo Creek Pkwy. weaving down the parkway all the way to New Hampshire Ave. in Takoma Park
Rock Creek Regional Park covers approximately 1,800 acres and includes the beautiful 75-acre Lake Needwood and the picturesque 55-acre Lake Frank. Visitors can enjoy the park by meandering along 13 miles of trails through woodlands and along the lakeshores, picnicking, fishing, boating and viewing many species of resident wildlife.
3. C&O Canal
Follow the towpath along the canal for great biking or jogging trails surrounded by fall foliage.
The entire 184 miles of the Towpath between Georgetown and Cumberland, MD can be biked. The first 20 miles is the most heavily used. The Capital Crescent Trail provides a paved surface running parallel to the Towpath from Georgetown to Bethesda. Bike rentals are available on the trail at Fletchers Boat House (mile 3.1)
4. Great Falls
Great Falls Park, an 800-acre park located along the Potomac River, is one of the most spectacular natural landmarks in the Washington DC metropolitan area. Great Falls Park offers a variety of activities including hiking, picnicking, kayaking, rock climbing, bicycling, and horseback riding. You can view the falls from several observation areas. The falls cascade into 20 foot waterfalls displaying the steepest fall line rapids of any eastern river.
Butler’s Orchard is a 300 acre family owned farm in Germantown, Maryland that grows more than 25 kinds of fruits, vegetables and flowers. Items are for sale at the farm market and you can also pick your own fruits and vegetables as they are in season. Stop by on weekends throughout October for their annual Pumpkin Festival! Pick a pumpkin; take a hayride; explore a hay maze; and enjoy crafts, food, and family activities. Cost: $11 per person; Children under 2 are free
Pennyfield is exemplar of the basic types of structures (aqueducts, locks, and lock houses) built along the C&O Canal. The furnishings in Lockhouse 22 are evocative of the mid-1830s to early 1840s period. According to the “Birding America” website, Pennyfield Lock “is one of the locations along the old C&O Canal that is famous in birding circles. It’s a beautiful place to bird — a walk (the old towpath) between canal and river, with trees and birds along a continuous edge over water. It can be terrific in spring migration, and a pleasure any time you’re looking for a walk in nature.”
Sugarloaf Mountain has many wonderful hiking trails that can be combined to create many different loops.
Brookside Gardens is Montgomery County’s incomparable, award-winning 50-acre public display garden situated within Wheaton Regional Park. Included in the gardens are several distinct areas: Aquatic Garden, Azalea Garden, Butterfly Garden, Children’s Garden, Rose Garden, Japanese Style Garden, Trial Garden, Rain Garden and the Woodland Walk. Enjoy a walk through the Gardens and take in the beautiful fall foliage.
With more than 2,000 acres, Black Hill Regional Park offers such a wide variety of outdoor activities that it’s impossible to experience it all in a single visit. Enjoy spectacular views of Little Seneca Lake. The lake can be enjoyed from your private boat, rental boats, a pontoon tour boat, and the fishing pier. For those who love the solitude of the forest, miles of trails can be explored by foot, horseback or mountain bike.
The past, present, and future come together in this scenic 455 acre park. Featuring rolling hills, open fields, an apple orchard, and a variety of farm animals, this is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. The barns, historic buildings, and modern farming activity center offer a unique perspective on the rich farming heritage of the county.