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Photo: Maddison Newell
Photo: Maddison Newell

Seattle's top 3 urban trails for prime fall foliage

Happy Fall, y'all!

Despite October being smoking hot this year (literally), at least we have fall foliage to remind us it is, in fact, autumn. Believe it or not, the rains will come. And when they do, all those pretty leaves will disappear within the blink of an eye. So make the most of this ever-fleeting season by hitting the trails. You don't even have to leave the city!

Here are my top 3 recommendations for urban hikes around Seattle. These are classic PNW spots, so if you're already familiar with them, let's be friends! But if you're new to town or just looking for the gems in our concrete jungle, LET'S GO!

Kubota Japanese Gardens

First on the list is Kubota Japanese Gardens. Often referred to as the "hidden jewel of Rainier Beach," this unique park provides 20 acres of beautiful fall leaves, koi fish ponds, and calming meadows. There's so much to see and explore here, and it's definitely a great spot to let the kiddos tootle around. Being here feels like you are being transported into a Studio Ghibli movie.

9817 55th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

Lincoln Park

Next up is Lincoln Park. It's stunning all year round, but especially from October through December. At Lincoln, you have 135 acres of park and a seemingly endless supply of wooded trails that lead you down to the beach. There, you can watch the ferries go back and forth on the Sound and stand in awe at all of the fluffy trees just bursting with red and yellow. I challenge you to come here and not leave with a boost of serotonin.

8011 Fauntleroy Way SW, Seattle, WA 98136

The Arboretum

Last but not least is old faithful, The Washington Park Arboretum. You really can't go wrong with a trip to this park. Stroll along 230 acres of botanical gardens and get lost gazing upon the azaleas. Arguably the best part is just a hop, skip, and jump away at Foster Island. There, you'll find yourself entranced by the marsh. You have sweeping views of Lake Washington and get to cross over floating bridges, making it feel like a true adventure.

2300 Arboretum Dr E, Seattle, WA 98112