Situated along the Appalachian Trail right in the middle of the Mid-Atlantic, it's no surprise that Frederick is a great place to enjoy fall foliage. While the date the colors peak is different each year, you can expect an impressive showing from late September through early November. You're certain to see a few leaves changing anywhere you go in the county, but you'll want to visit these top spots for the very best views.
Best Photo Op: While all three covered bridges are gorgeous surrounded by the orange and yellow trees, the backdrop of the Roddy Road Covered Bridge in the fall is hard to beat.
Catoctin Mountain Park
Best Photo Op: Hike to the top of Chimney Rock to look out over miles of gorgeous treetops.
Best Photo Op: You'll be among the trees pretty much anywhere you go on this aerial adventure course. Whether you're taking a leisurely zipline or challenging yourself to the black diamond climb, the foliage will be plentiful.
Cunningham Falls State Park
Best Photo Op: Start from the lake parking lot and take one of two routes to Maryland's largest cascading waterfall for a view that is impressive year-round colored with fall.
Carroll Creek Park
Best Photo Op: If you catch the artful iron bridge outlined with fallen leaves, that's a hard spot to beat. If not, the red brick that lines the creek really makes that whole 1.3 mile stretch look lovely in the fall.
Catoctin Breeze Winery
Best Photo Op: See the photo above. If you'd like to sit back and relax with a bottle of wine and a view, this winery looking onto the Catoctin Mountains is the perfect spot. To really get in the fall spirit, opt for one of the meads.
Catoctin Mountain Orchard
Best Photo Op: In front of the pumpkin pyramid of course! If you have kids with you, this is the spot for fall foliage and family fun. Pick a pumpkin, take home a freshly baked pie, and play on the unique playground featuring a castle, a train, and an excavator you can climb into.
National Shrine Grotto
Best Photo Op: Walk the full length of the trail (which itself is surrounded by gorgeous trees) to reach the grotto at the end for the best view.