Crunchy leaves, colorful trees, and crisp autumn air await at Big Bear Lake, California. The town is famous for its natural beauty, the last vestige of wilderness in Southern California. Its rustic charm and vast potential for exploring make it a great choice for travelers with a bit of wanderlust. Here are some of our favorite things to do on the lake or on the trail.
- Head to the lake. Fishing is excellent in the fall, but the seven-mile-long lake offers much more than that. Rent a boat or kayak and discover the beauty of Big Bear’s main attraction firsthand. If you’re a little daring, you can get a new perspective by parasailing over the water.
- Begin your adventure at the trailhead. Explore the woods and snap some photos of the fall foliage while you’re at it. Many of the town’s best hiking and biking trails offer spectacular views of the trees as they change color. Rent a bike and get discounted 15-30% off your rental from one of our Sports Shops in Big Bear, California. For a more structured experience, check out the Fall Color Tours — there’s a tour for everyone, even those with trouble walking.
- October is for Oktoberfest! This annual celebration features imported beers, delicious German food, and fun themed contests. Thanks to Big Bear’s altitude and mountain scenery, you’ll almost believe you’re really in Germany. Oktoberfest runs every weekend from late September through the end of October.
- Take a stroll through The Village. The shops and eateries are a sight to behold in the fall; you can find everything from fashion to handcrafted toys, jewelry, and artwork. The locals get into the season with a Scarecrow Festival featuring autumnal art from mid-September through early November.
- Cozy up in a cabin in the woods. Remember the rustic charm we mentioned? The cabins are a huge part of that. They’re nestled deep in the forest so you can see all those gorgeous colors without having to go outside! With a fire burning and a mug of warm apple cider in your hand, you’ll be feeling those fall vibes in no time.
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