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The greatest bike trails in the U.S. with fall foliage views

Admire the colorful leaves that autumn brings while riding along these scenic bike trails across the U.S.

By Sarah Medina
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Regardless if you're driving on four wheels or cruising on two, there's plenty of fall fun to be had across the United States including attractions like the best corn mazes in the U.S. and creepy ghost towns that you can actually visit. But autumn-lovers know that the best adventure is chasing down those famous and colorful leaves that brighten up forests from New Mexico to New York at this time of year. If you're seeking fall foliage this month, you might want to consider riding these scenic bike trails complete with fall foliage views. Make it an overnight adventure with the best campgrounds in the U.S. for fall foliage

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1. Jim Thorpe, PA: Lehigh Gorge Trail

On the Lehigh Gorge Trail, in Lehigh Gorge State Park, cyclists will pedal on vibrant tree-lined paths along the Lehigh River from Francis E. Walter Dam at the northern end, to the quaint small town of Jim Thorpe (named for the Native American Olympian) at the southern end. Be on the lookout for the park's namesake, steep-walled gorge and tons of waterfalls along the way. 

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Lexington kentucky biking
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2.  Lexington, KY: Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Explore Kentucky’s famed bluegrass hills, country roads lined with golden trees, historic bourbon distilleries and thoroughbred horse farms by biking along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. You'll start in  Lexington, home to more than 400 historic horse farms and 14 of the state’s biggest distilleries, and travel through 188 miles of picturesque trail. Along the way, stop to explore taste historic spirits at the likes of Buffalo Trace and Woodford Reserve. 

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3. Swain County, NC: Blue Ridge Parkway

Known for its long autumn season and spectacular fall foliage, North Carolina is the perfect place to take in a kaleidoscope of orange, red and yellow leaves along the famed Blue Ridge ParkwayStretching 469 miles between Shenandoah National Park and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the motorway is lined with yellow, red, and orange dogwood, sassafras and maple trees making for a gorgeous ride no matter how many miles you put in. 

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Forth Worth Texas biking
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4. Fort Worth, TX: Trinity Trails

Fort Worth is home to the Trinity Trails, which extends through the city for more than 100 miles along the Trinity River, and has two mountain bike trails that can be found in Fort Worth Sansom Park. Along the way you'll find local attractions like the Panther Island Pavilion, the only waterfront stage in Texas, and Woodshed Smokehouse, the perfect stop for cold beer, live music, backyard games and amazing food. 

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5. Aurora, NY: Long Point State Park

Explore the vibrant lakeside foliage in Aurora, New York by heading to Long Point State Parkwhich juts peninsula-like into Lake Chautauqua. The park and marina are a day-use area with thickly-wooded areas of beech, maple, spruce, poplar and oak, but the park is also a popular destination for cyclists who pedal under a a canopy of the season’s brightest hues reflecting off pristine Cayuga Lake.  

Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail
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6. Greenville, SC: Swamp Rabbit Trail

A top-notch bike trail is a welcome perk in most towns, but this one is truly the hub of its community in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Running nearly 20 miles along the Reedy River on an old railroad bed, the paved Swamp Rabbit Trail brought the once-sleepy town to life and continues to draw cyclists of all ages and skill levels to the stretch between Greenville and Travelers Rest.

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7. Lake Forst, IL: Middlefork Savanna Trail

Located just 40 minutes from Chicago, the small town of Lake Forest, Illinois is filled with charming destinations and tons of hidden-gem bike trails. Try the 4.5-mile, gravel-packed Middlefork Savanna Trail (access points to this trail can be found at local attraction Elawa Farm). Home to a rare tallgrass savanna, the trail features a mix of oak savanna and woodlands, wet and mesic prairies, sedge meadows and marshes. 

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