Who just wants to stand around and watch the red and gold leaves slowly fall from their tree branches to the ground as we move from summer to fall? Instead, take in the changing seasons while you're on the move. From hiking through Vermont’s North Woods to fishing in Michigan like a literary legend, we searched the country for the best spots to get the true autumn experience.
The last 100 miles of the 2,181-mile-long Appalachian Trail in Northern Maine are by far the most extreme – a 10-day trek that's unparalleled in remoteness and difficulty. The elevation on this hike is ever-changing, stream crossings are constant, and the mud is inescapable. "It's a full-contact hike," says Philip Pepin, the owner of 100 Mile Wilderness Adventures. "There are ledges and paths with house-size boulders that require more climbing than hiking." So you'll want to pack light. For $100, Pepin offers a full resupply at the 54-mile mark, as well as a ride to and from Bangor, Maine (about 80 miles away), and emergency support. It's peace of mind you'll want when hiking in a region that has more moose than roads, and not a person living for miles in any direction. "You don't see houses or farms or man-made structures anywhere," Pepin says. "You feel removed from man's impact." [100milewildernessadventures.info]
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