This article originally appeared in Travel+Leisure.
Fall drives are beautiful, sure, but for a real slice of the changing seasons, it's best to lace up those hiking boots, grab some trail mix, and prepare to be wowed by the cornucopia of colors that is fall foliage at its finest.
Whether taken by mountaintop vistas, glass lakes, or roaring waterfalls, these nine hikes will satisfy your outdoorsy wanderlust.
Dismal Trail Loop, Caesars Head State Park: Cleveland, South Carolina
While those who can stand the heat could do worse than hiking in the southern half of the country in the middle of the summer, adventurers not glutton for punishment will be duly rewarded with a visit to Caesars Head State Park just outside of Greenville, a great base for exploring the region. The Dismal Trail Loop is an 8.8-mile loop with some challenging terrain, making it a formidable option for advanced hikers. A suspension bridge and scenic view of Raven Cliff Waterfalls encourage breaking for pictures and giving the legs a rest from all the switchbacks and steep climbs.