Perfect Fall Hiking Trails You Can Get To By GO Bus or Train

Updated: October 13, 2022

Are you as excited about fall as we are? The feel of the crisp, cool air, the sight of the changing colours, the sound of crunching autumn leaves, and the taste and smell of pumpkin spice everywhere! Fall is such a beautiful season and it’s the perfect time to get out and explore nature. Autumn weekends are made for outdoor activities and we are fortunate to have so many wonderful hiking trails in Toronto and the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

Whichever area you’re looking to explore, let GO Transit do the driving for you. Don’t start your outing by being stressed behind the wheel - enjoy a relaxing ride by GO bus or train instead! Our Weekend Passes offer unlimited travel for just $10 for a One-Day Pass or $15 for a Weekend Pass. If you’re planning a family outing, remember that kids 12 and under always GO free! It’s the perfect way to escape to nature and find your bliss.

Find Fall Colours in Ontario

GO train travelling in autumn fall colours

Those amazing fall colours are what make fall hiking so enjoyable. They’re the perfect backdrop for a family photo if you’re into snapping pictures, or you can simply soak in those warm shades of red, orange, yellow, and brown as you stroll through the woods. The Fall Colour Report will show you the colours you can expect at various parks around Ontario.

Your search for the perfect fall foliage is easily accessible by GO bus or train. Choose any one of these picturesque destinations and then don your coziest sweater and your comfiest hiking boots and get ready to enjoy the outdoors. Your autumn adventure awaits - Buy your online weekend passes now!

Toronto Hiking Trails

You don’t have to leave Toronto to hike through some autumn leaves. Check out these urban nature areas for a fall hike without going far!

Glen Stewart Ravine

Glen Stewart Ravine in Toronto fall colours

This quiet bit of forest is tucked away in The Beaches neighbourhood of Toronto and feels like a secret escape within the city. Most of the hike is a relaxing stroll along an elevated boardwalk, but there’s also a staircase with 114 steps, if you want to challenge yourself.

Getting there: From Union Station, take the Lakeshore East train to Danforth GO Station. Then it’s a 17 min walk or you can take the TTC 64 Main bus south down Main St. Plan your trip!

High Park

Toronto’s many green spaces turn red, orange, and gold in autumn, becoming fantastic places to enjoy a little fall leaf peeping. The loop trail at High Park is an easy hike with ample opportunities for autumnal pics. If you’re bringing kids, make time for a visit to the High Park Zoo and the Jamie Bell Adventure Playground.

Getting there: Take the GO or UP Express to Bloor Station, and from there it's a quick walk or TTC subway connection to the park. Plan your trip!

Rouge National Urban Park

Rouge Park in fall

This huge green space in Scarborough has multiple trail routes. Choose an easy or a moderate hike and a short or longer trail. The Vista trail has a viewing platform that offers a beautiful view of the fall colours of the Rouge Valley.

Getting there: From Union Station, take Lakeshore East train to Rouge Hill GO Station and then it’s a 12 min TTC ride on the 85A bus. Plan your trip!

Hamilton Area Hiking Trails

Hamilton and the surrounding area is home to some truly spectacular hiking trails. Either of these trails would make an amazing day trip destination. Use a One-Day Weekend Pass and you can hop off at another station to grab dinner or drinks on your way home!

Spencer Gorge Conservation Area

Spencer Gorge Conservation Area in autumn water flowing

The highlight of your hike here is Dundas Peak, where you can look out over the Niagara Escarpment and soak in the beauty of autumn in Southern Ontario.

Getting there: From Union Station, take the Lakeshore West train to West Harbour GO Station and then take a 17 min rideshare to Dundas. Plan your trip!

Kerncliff Park

Located in Burlington, Kerncliff Park has both easy and moderate trails, including part of the Bruce Trail. You can stroll the boardwalk through wetlands or head into the forest.

Getting there: From Union Station, take the Lakeshore West train to Burlington GO Station and then it’s a 17 min walk to the park. Plan your trip!

Albion Falls

Albion Falls Hamilton fall colours

Albion Falls is one of Hamilton's most picturesque waterfalls, standing at 19 metres tall and 18 metres wide. Take in the views while in the midst of a beautiful hike in the Albion Falls area, spanning roughly 6km around Red Hill Creek.

Getting there: From Union Station, take the Lakeshore West train to West Harbour GO Station and then a connection to Hamilton Street Railway will get you to the Falls with ease. Plan your trip!

Hendrie Valley

Hendrie Valley in the fall

Located behind the Royal Botanical Gardens Centre, Hendrie Valley Nature Sanctuary has 4 kilometres of trails to explore with beautiful fall foliage all around. Boardwalks take you across marshlands that are home to many species of wildlife.

Getting there: Take the Lakeshore West line to Aldershot GO Station and connect to Burlington Transit. Plan your trip!

Milton Hiking Trails

Just an hour from Toronto, Milton is also a fantastic destination for a day trip and it’s one of the most popular spots in Southern Ontario for appreciating the autumn colours.

Rattlesnake Point

People flock to Rattlesnake Point to see the fall foliage, and for good reason! 800-year-old cedars and unbeatable views from the top of the Niagara Escarpment are what you’ll find here. There are several lookout spots along your hike, including the unbeatable views from Buffalo Crag Lookout Point. You’ll fill your phone with outstanding fall photos!

Getting there: From the Union Station Bus Terminal, take the Milton GO bus to Milton Go Station. Then it’s a quick 12 min rideshare. Plan your trip!

Barrie Hiking Trails

Heading a bit north is always a good idea when you’re chasing autumn leaves. Barrie is a mecca of outdoor adventuring. Visit for a day to trek one trail, or make it a weekend getaway and explore more! Our $15 Weekend Passes give you unlimited travel all weekend.

Ardagh Bluffs

Ardagh Bluffs cyclist in autumn with fall colours

The Ardagh Ring Trail is a moderate hiking trail that will take you through a beautiful forest where you can immerse yourself in the autumn colours until your heart’s content!

Getting there: From Union Station, take the Barrie line GO train to Allandale Waterfront GO Station. You can take an 8 min Uber to Ardagh Bluffs, or rent a bike if you plan on exploring other trails around Barrie. Plan your trip!

Sunnidale Park

Sunnidale Park has a large loop trail (part of The Great Trail) and is home to the Barrie Arboretum. It also has an accessible fire truck-themed playground that your kids will love exploring after the hike!

Getting there: From Union Station, take the Barrie line GO train to Allandale Waterfront GO Station and then grab a rideshare and be at the park in 7 minutes. Plan your trip!

Niagara Hiking Trails

There is so much to do in Niagara. It’s the perfect place to spend a weekend away. Be sure to make time for that hike! The fall colours won’t disappoint!

Niagara Glen Nature Reserve

Niagara Falls in autumn fall colours

Explore the beauty of the Niagara Gorge. You’ll be in awe at the colours of the Carolinian forest and feel your stress melting away in the peace of nature. After your hike, take in the splendor of the Falls! Travelling on the weekend? Take advantage of our GO + WEGO pricing package with Niagara Parks Commission for single or group pricing packages from Toronto to Niagara Falls starting at $25.

Getting there: From Union Station, take the Lakeshore West GO train to Niagara Falls GO Station, then connect with the local WEGO bus service to complete the journey. Plan your trip!

Durham Region Hiking Trails

Greenwood Conservation Area

Greenwood Conservation Area in autumn fall colours

Greenwood Conservation Area is located along the banks of Duffins Creek, and extends into both Ajax and Pickering. You’ll find several trail options to satisfy your need for autumn leaves!

Getting there: From Union Station, take the Lakeshore East GO train to Ajax GO Station and then take a 13 min rideshare. Plan your trip!

Uxbridge Hiking Trails

Did you know that Uxbridge is The Trail Capital of Canada? There are thirteen trails for you to explore in and around this quaint town.

Uxbridge Trail System

You’ll love hiking this piece of The Great Trail, as well as the many County trails in the rural area around Uxbridge. Before you head out, have a look at the trail system map and plan your route!

Getting there: Depending on what time you depart, you can take the 71 Uxbridge GO bus from Union Station Bus Terminal, or you can take the Mount Joy GO train to Mount Joy GO Station and then transfer to the Mount Joy GO bus to continue to Uxbridge. Be sure to plan your trip ahead of time and choose the route that works best for your schedule! Plan your trip!

Plan Your Perfect Fall Hike

With so many amazing trails to choose from, we know that your quest for fall colours in Ontario will soon be fulfilled! Plan your trip now and buy your tickets online - and don’t forget to have those hiking boots ready for adventure! After your hike in the autumn leaves, you can relax on your comfortable GO bus or train ride back home, where you can curl up on the couch with a mug of hot apple cider and plan next weekend’s outing!

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