Fall in Baltimore: Where to See the Best Foliage

September 21, 2021 | Travel
Fall in Baltimore: Where to See the Best Foliage


Hay there! Are you ready for the autumnal equinox?

You Autumn Know…
This year, the autumnal equinox (or fall equinox) falls on Wednesday, September 22nd at approximately 3:20 p.m. EDT.

With dropping temperatures, vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows will spackle across trees and shrubbery. So, lace up your boots, or cozy up with a sweater, to witness rays of sunshine peeking through the fall foliage.

Here are the best places to take a stroll through the changing leaves:

Fall in Love With These Autumnal Spots
That are a 30-minute drive (or less), away from home.

Gunpowder Falls
Hereford’s Gunpowder Falls is approximately 30 minutes away from Union Wharf. This state park offers, perhaps, the most stunning autumn foliage and views. Seeing is be-leafing, so come by and hike, bike, or stay for a night or two.

Oregon Ridge
Fall-elujah, Oregon Ridge is only a 30-minute drive from home. The Oregon Ridge Nature Center displays beautiful fauna and flora, along with indoor and outdoor exhibits. Witness spackling crimsons and ambers amongst nature trails varying in length and elevation.

Oh Autumn, Please Don’t Leaf Us
Autumn will only be here for another two months or so, so stop by these destinations. They’re approximately a 1 – 1.5-hour drive.

C&O Canal
The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Canal spans a total length of 184.5 miles. For nearly a century, the C&O Canal once transported coal, lumber, and agriculture between Maryland, Washington D.C., and West Virginia. Today, the Maryland side of the canal offers hiking trails, a tavern, and boat rides. Come witness everything fall alongside the water.

Sugarloaf Mountain
Sugarloaf Mountain is a Registered National Landmark, due to its uniqueness, geological interests, and erosion process. Furthermore, Sugarloaf is a monadnock, which is a suspended hill of bedrock, displaying exposed quartzite. Beyond its composition, Sugarloaf Mountain is surrounded by red and white oaks inhabited by owls, songbirds, woodpeckers, and hawks.

Seneca Creek State Park
We can’t be-leaf it, Seneca Creek State Park is a total of 6,000 acres along the 14-mile long Seneca Creek. Hike over 50 miles of trails, go mountain biking, or bask in the golden rays within the fields or forests.

Don’t Even Chai
If you don’t feel like leaving the city, there are great parks with fall foliage right here in Baltimore.

Happy fall, Union Wharf residents! If you do happen to check out the foliage at one of our destinations, be sure to tag us in your photos, @UnionWharf.