Autumn has arrived, and with it, crisp temps (hello, riding boots!) and lots of gorgeous foliage. From vibrant reds and oranges, to brilliant golds and yellows, the fall season gives us yet another reason to love Washington, D.C. To help you find Mother Nature’s stunning displays, we’ve compiled this list of great local spots to marvel at fall colors—all within the District.

Rock Creek Park (between Western Ridge Trail and Beach Dr.)

The Districts 1,700 acres of protected parkland offers plenty of wooded ground to catch the changing leaves. For a nice family outing, take a leisurely stroll along Ridge Trail, which begins at Peirce Mill and runs alongside Rock Creek. Get those cameras ready—the creek coupled with the foliage deliver awesome photo ops. Picnic tables scattered throughout the trail make perfect spots for a family meal in the woods. For more adventurous kiddos, make a moderate hike of it, following Ridge Trail up semi-steep wooded paths.

To get there: From Connecticut Ave., turn east onto Tilden and follow the road all the way to Peirce Mill and Rock Creek Park. Ridge Trail runs alongside the creek—you can’t miss it. There is a parking lot next to Peirce Mill, as well as street parking.

Peirce Mill
Corner of Tilden St., NW and Beach Dr. (Rock Creek Park)


Where does your family go to see fall foliage? Dish in the Comments section below. 

—Shelby Settles Harper

Photos courtesy of Shelby Settles Harper, Jen H. via Yelp, Tudor Place Historical House and Garden via Facebook, Nicole G. via Yelp