Can you truly begin to enjoy fall if you haven’t seen some trees with vibrant, fiery leaves? We think not! And going out for a drive on a crisp autumn day is the perfect way to spend some quality time out of the house without breaking social distancing restrictions. Generally, the leaves are at their peak in mid-October, though it can be different depending on what part of the state you’re in. This interactive map can help you plan your perfect day -- head to one of these gorgeous spots.
Right in the heart of Baltimore County lies Oregon Ridge park. It’s a fantastic place to take a drive, or to get out and enjoy the fresh air while you admire the gorgeous autumn leaves. And there’s never been a more convenient location for a park! After your drive or socially distanced hike, you can head right back onto York Road and find a place to eat or head onto the highway.
Photo via Oregon Ridge Nature Center
If you’re leaving the Baltimore area and heading to Frederick or Washington counties, you’ll get stunning views of the Appalachians all covered in red and gold leaves! Stop in Thurmont and visit Catoctin Mountain Park if you have time, or just enjoy the beauty of the leaves en route to your destination.
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Keep going west, and you’ll be treated to even more views of fall colors. If you’re looking for a road trip where you can really take in the beauty of nature, Deep Creek Lake makes the perfect destination! It’s also a perfect spot for a weekend getaway -- just be mindful of COVID-19 restrictions and closures before you book your trip.
Photo via Garrett County Chamber of Commerce
There are hundreds of miles of roads in this byway, all east of the Chesapeake Bay, and they offer a great view of the local trees! Treat yourself to a day spent journeying across the Eastern Shore -- or even stop at a local winery or historical site and relax for awhile. Or fire up your favorite playlist and spend the whole day on the road, from Chesapeake City to Crisfield.
Photo via Great Oak Manor
If you’re in or near Cecil County, you can enjoy more than just the historic lighthouse at Turkey Point when you’re traveling through Elk Neck State Park! This is a great place to see peak autumn leaves, too. Elk Neck is a popular hiking and camping spot, so why not bring a picnic while you’re here? Just be sure to keep COVID-19 restrictions in mind, and check the website before you go.
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