8 Outdoor Fall Activities

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Summer is officially over! While you may be sad that summer break and trips to the beach are done, there are plenty of reasons to be excited about fall. The cool weather makes spending time outside a joy and helps you get fresh air and exercise in the process. Make the most of the autumn season by taking up some of these outdoor fall activities:

  1. Go apple picking. Going to a pick-your-own orchard is a fall rite of passage. Not only is it a fun activity that gets you outside, but you’ll get delicious, fresh apples to enjoy. Get multiple varieties—such as granny smith, red delicious, and gala—and have a taste test. Head over to Catoctin Mountain Orchard. They offer pick-your-own every Saturday and Sunday in October.
  2. Take a hike. Hiking is a wonderful activity enjoyed by many year-round, but the crisp air and beautiful foliage make fall the perfect time to take it up. Hiking is a great form of exercise, helping reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. There are many beautiful places to hike in and around Frederick, such as Cunningham Falls State Park or the historic South Mountain State Battlefield.
  3. Visit a farmers market. Many people think visiting farmers markets is exclusive to summer, but that’s not true. Many farmers markets, orchards, and CSAs are open through November. You can support local producers while stocking up on delicious in-season fruits and vegetables. Check out our Farmers Market Guide to see what’s open near you.
  4. Run a 5K. Participating in a 5K is a great opportunity to push yourself to complete a goal and stay active. You can stay up to date on upcoming races on the Running in the USA website. You can also participate in our 3rd Annual Walk Across America Challenge—get a team together and get moving toward your goal!
  5. Do yard work. While it might not be the most fun activity on your to-do list, yard work is a necessary part of the autumn season. With leaves falling, there’s a lot to do—raking leaves, cleaning out gutters, fertilizing your lawn, and more. And don’t forget to dry hoses, fountains, and drip irrigation systems out—water left standing over the winter can damage this equipment.
  6. Go to a fall festival. There are so many fun festivals in and around Frederick to visit this fall! Check out Magnolia Meadow Farms, which is home to over 20 activities for your family to enjoy, including Maryland’s largest corn maze, hayrides, zip lines, and more. Or head to Summers Farm, which offers fireworks on Fridays and Saturdays, pig races, magician performances, and more.
  7. Take a walk through the woods. One of the best parts of fall is the beautiful changing leaves. What better way to take in the sights than a walk through the woods? Walking has countless benefits—it helps reduce stress, lower blood pressure, improve sleep, and more. Many Frederick County parks have walking trails. You can find a list of them on Frederick County Parks and Recreation’s website.
  8. Go camping. Post-summer camping is great: most campgrounds have more affordable rates, there are fewer bugs, the scenery is beautiful, and there are fewer crowds. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to cut back on screen time and spend time in nature. With more than 40,000 acres of public parklands, there are plenty of places to camp in Frederick.

Enjoy fall in fun and healthy ways. For more activities and information, visit our resources page.

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