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Where to Enjoy Fall Foliage in New York

Where to Enjoy Fall Foliage in New York

It's that time of year again. Here are the best places to see the leaves change color in the New York metro area.


As the weather gets cooler, the colors on the trees begin to get brighter. Now more than ever, finding a fun and safe activity for the family (and The entire state of New York boasts a wide selection of broad-leafed trees in the autumn beginning in October, and there is a terrific pattern of brilliant red, orange, and yellow shades splattered across the landscape. Take a drive along Route 25A in Suffolk County, the Taconic State Parkway, or River Road from Rhinebeck to Red Hook to enjoy miles of stunning foliage in New York. If you're looking to visit a park, nature center, or go for a hike for some more up-close-and-personal foliage views, check out one of these spots.

Fall Foliage in Manhattan
Fall Foliage in Brooklyn
Fall Foliage in Queens
Fall Foliage in Staten Island
Fall Foliage in Westchester
Fall Foliage in Rockland
Fall Foliage on Long Island 

Fall Foliage in Ulster County
Fall Foliage in Orange County
Fall Foliage in Dutchess County
Fall Foliage Cruises in New York

Fall Foliage in Manhattan

Central Park
Fifth Avenue to Central Park West, 59th Street to 110th Street,
Upper East Side and Upper West Side
212-310-6600
Hours: 6am-1am
The Ramble, Central Park's wild garden, and The Ravine are two of the best places to see fall foliage in the park. Take the path that runs along the Loch in the North Woods for rustic bridges, falls, and a variety of birds. You'll see American elms, oaks, Norway maples, sycamore maples, red maples, and black cherry trees in this beautiful New York City staple. 

Inwood Hill Park
Dyckman Street, Hudson River, Harlem River South, Inwood
Inwood Hill Park is a great place for leaf peeping through and through, but NYC Parks recommends the blue trail, a marked trail that begins at the Gaelic Field on the northern side of the park and leads up to the Overlook, which provides a beautiful view of the Hudson River and the Palisades. Expect to see oaks, hickories, and Tulip poplars along the way.

Highbridge Park
West 155th Street and Dyckman Street, Edgecombe Avenue and Amsterdam Avenue,
Fort George
212-927-2400
Hours: Recreation center: Monday-Friday, 9am-9pm; Saturday, 9am-5pm
Red oaks, white ashes, hickories, black cherries, and Norway maples are just some of the trees in High Bridge Park. The trail that runs along the high ridge above Harlem River Drive from 155th Street to Dyckman Street runs the length of the park and passes the High Bridge and the High Bridge Water Tower. 

Fort Tryon Park
192nd Street and Fort Washington Avenue to Riverside Drive near 200th Street, Washington Heights
212-795-1388 ext. 301
Hours: 6am-1am
During the fall, the 67-acre park, with some of the highest points of elevation in all of Manhattan, offers families spectacular foliage views. The most notable feature of the landscape is the 3-acre Heather Garden that provides panoramic views of the Hudson River. In addition to the vibrant autumn leaves, the garden also offers blooming trees, shrubs, vines, bulbs, and showy fruits, including Bodinier Beauty, Japanese Anemone, Blue Sage, and Chinese Forget-me-nots. Alpine Garden on the park's easternmost point offers a view of the Palisades in New Jersey, which also provide a great leaf-peeping experience from across the river.

Fall Foliage in Brooklyn

Fort Greene Park
Myrtle Avenue, De Kalb Avenue, between Washington Park and St. Edward's Street,
Fort Greene
718-722-3218
View massive London plane trees, oaks, elms, gingkos, and osage orange trees in this park filled with deep American history. 

Owl's Head Park
Shore Road, 68th Street, Colonial Road, Bay Ridge
This spacious park boasts oaks, maples, beeches, and tulip poplars. Meander over hills and pathways and be sure to take in the unmatched views of the New York skyline and Verrazano Narrows Bridge. 

Prospect Park
Prospect Park West, Parkside Avenue between Flatbush Avenue, Ocean Avenue and Prospect Park Southwest
718-965-8951
You'll see camperdown elms, black cherries, sassafrases, American hornbeams, turkey oaks, weeping willows, tulip trees, American beeches, pin oaks, white oaks, Himalayan pines, gingkos, Norway maples, London planes, and more during your visit. The Lullwater and Peninsula are must-sees, as you'll see native and exotic trees circling the park's pond. 
 

Fall Foliage in Queens

Alley Pond Park
Little Neck Bay, Long Island Expressway, Union Turnpike, between Springfield Boulevard, Douglaston Parkway, Hanford Street
Alley Pond Park is home to the Queens Giant, aka the tallest tree in New York City, located on the park's white trail. You'll also see pin oaks, white pines, black cherries, black oaks, flowering dogwoods, black locusts, American beeches, red oaks, sweetgums, red maples, and tulip trees. The most popular trails are the green and white trails.

Cunningham Park
Long Island Expressway, 73rd Avenue, Union Turnpike, Grand Central Parkway between 193rd Street, Francis Lewis Boulevard, Hollis Hills Terrace, and 210 Street
Hike the trail at Francis Lewis Boulevard and Union Turnpike in the park's southeast preserve to see a wide array of trees including tulip trees and honey locusts.

Forest Park
Myrtle Avenue, Union Turnpike, Park Lane South between Brooklyn-Queens County Line and Park Lane
Northern red oaks, scarlet oaks, tulip poplars, shagbark hickories, white oaks, and wild black cherries make up the "forest" part of Forest Park, the largest continuous oak forest in Queens. You'll see trees that are more than 150 years old, with an underlayer of dogwood, virginia creeper, sassafras, and corktree. 

Kissena Park
Fresh Meadows Lane, Kissena Boulevard, between Oak Avenue, Underhill, and Booth Memorial Avenue
718-359-1297
The Kissena Grove, located at the northern part of the park at Rose Avenue and Parsons Boulevard, is known for its exotic trees, including the famous katsura trees, which have golden heart-shaped leaves. Don't miss the bald cypress, an evergreen tree that changes color in the fall.

Fall Foliage in Staten Island

Blue Heron Park
Amboy Road, Barclay Avenue, Hylan Boulevard, and Bertram Avenue
The green, red, and orange trails and the route around Spring Pond and Butterfly Pond have the most colorful trees. Spring Pond's footbridge is a great palce to view the forest's fall colors. 

Clove Lakes Park
Forest Avenue, Victory Boulevard between Clove Road and Brookside Avenue, Royal Oak Road
718-390-8000
Clove Lakes Park is home to a variety of walking paths, each of which will take you through a range of foliage. Several of them also pass by ponds. Expect to see tulip trees, red oaks, sassafras, sweetgum, black birch. and black cherries.

Greenbelt Nature Center
700 Rockland Ave., Staten Island
718-351-3450
35 miles of walking trails run along the Serpentine Ridge and wind through one of the last undisturbed forests in the city. You'll see native trees, and rare species of fern, glacial ponds, and a 16-acre lake. 

Silver Lake Park
Victory Boulevard, Clove Road, Forest Avenue
The paved loop around the lake takes you through the park's colorful trees including red maples, sugar maples, sweetgums, sassafras, black walnuts, tulip trees, river birches, tupelos, and beeches. 

Wolfe's Pond Park
Holton Avenue, Chosolm Street, Luten Avenue, Arbutus Avenue, and Raritan Bay
Walk around the pond to see red maples, sugar maples, sweetgums, sassafras, black walnuts, river birches, beeches, and dogwoods, all leading out to a beachfront.
 

Fall Foliage in Westchester
 

Bronx River Greenway
1490 Sheridan Blvd.
London planes, oaks, sassafras, red maples, tulip poplars, sycamores, and beeches line the greenway connecting many NYC parks. The Bronx River Forest is one of the oldest hardwood forests in the city.

Pelham Bay Park
Hutchinson River, Long Island Sound between Bronx County Line and Middletown Road, Watt Avenue
Pelham Bay Park is the City's largest park property (yup, bigger than Central Park!). Take the Kazimiroff Trail through 189 acres of Hunter Island by the tall Norway spruces and white pines, which provide a habitat for great horned owls.

Van Cortlandt Park
NYC - Westchester County Line, Van Cortlandt Park South between Broadway and Jerome Avenue, Bronx
The Old Croton Aqueduct Trail, the Putnam Trail, the Muir Trail, and the John Kieran Trail provide beautiful native hardwoods to walk through and enjoy the changing fall colors.

Fall Foliage in Rockland County

Bear Mountain State Park
Route 9W North
Hours: Daily, 10:30am-4pm
Price: $10 per vehicle, fee collected Sept. 17 through March 20, weekends and holidays, 8am-5pm
Bear Mountain State Park is considered a "must see" in autumn, especially the Perkins Memorial Tower. You can either drive up to the 40-foot tall stone look-out tower and then climb the steps to the observation windows, or, if you're feeling ambitious, you can hike from a lower point to the top. For a less strenuous walk, drive to the tower and then follow the Bear Mountain Summit Loop hike. 

Kennedy Dells Park
355 North Main St., New City
The park is heavily wooded with Hemlocks, White Pines, Beeches, Maples, Black and Red Oaks, White Ashes, and Black Locusts. 

Rockland Lake State Park
299 Rockland Lake Rd., Valley Cottage 
845-268-3020
Hours: Open year-round, from daylight to dusk
Price: $10 per vehicle. Fee collected Sept. 12 through Oct. 25, weekends and holidays, 8am-4:30pm
The park offers hiking trails with breath-taking views of the Hudson valley along with a variety of activities like tennis, golf, grilling, playgrounds, and water features.

High Tor State Park
415 South Mountain Road, New City
Hours: 8am-7:30pm, Wednesday-Sunday
Price: Free
Hike to the top of High Tor mountain and enjoy 360 degree views of the Hudson River and miles of fall foliage.

Haverstraw Bay Park
21 Gagan Road, West Haverstraw
Hike, participate in one of the many activities, or view many of the beautiful wildlife creatures like the Belted Kingfisher, Mallard, Canada Goose, Great Blue Heron, Northern Cardinal, American Crow, Blue Jay, Song Sparrow, Great Black-Backed Gull, and the Northern Mockingbird.



Dr. Davies Farm
306 Rt 304, Congers
Hours: Daily, 10am-4pm. Reservations suggested
Enjoy beautiful foliage while apple picking from over 4,000 trees of over 15 different varieties. 

Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
44 Battlefield Road, Stonypoint
845-786-2521
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 12-5pm
Price: Battlefield access is free during regular hours
The of the Battle of Stony Point, one of the last Revolutionary War battles in the northeastern colonies and home of the Stony Point Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse on the Hudson River. 

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Fall Foliage on Long Island

Montauk Point Lighthouse Museum
2000 Montauk Highway, Montauk
Hours: Gift shop, grounds, and museum open 10:30am-4:30pm
The lighthouse tower offers stunning views, however it is temporarily closed due to Coronavirus.

Bethpage State Park
99 Quaker Meeting House Road, Farmingdale
516-249-0701
Price: $8 per vehicle 
Picnic, play tennis, hike, bike, and more amongst the changing colors.

Clark Botanic Garden
193 IU Willets Road, Albertson
516-484-2208
Hours: 10am-6pm
Price: Free, donations suggested.
This 12-acre botanical garden is surrounded by plants, herbs, butterfly plants, and more. 

LIU Post Community Arboretum
720 Northern Blvd., Brookville
The property contains some of the largest and most unusual on Long Island including a 105-foot tulip tree, a Japanese pagoda dogwood tree, and a 90-year-old American elm.

Muttontown Preserve
25A West of Jericho-Oyster Bay Road, Muttontown Lane, East Norwich
516-571-8500
Walk through miles of nature trails with wildflowers, trees, birds, and other native long island wildlife. 

Sands Point Preserve
127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point
516-571-7901
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 11am-6pm; Sundays, 9am-6pm (last entry 5:30pm).
Price: $15 per car. Members free
216 acres of diverse habitats of woods, fields, a pond, and beachfront offer six trails for you and your family to explore. 

Avalon Park and Preserve
200 Harbor Road, Stony Brook
631-689-0619
Hours: Fall: 7am-6pm
Avalon has approximately 5 miles of hiking and walking trails to explore, where you'll enjoy sweeping views of meadows and native wildlife. 

Bayard Cutting Arboretum 
440 Montauk Highway, Great River
631-581-1002
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 9am-5pm. Closed all winter holidays.
Price: $8 per vehicle
Bayard considers itself to be a museum of trees, not a "park." Activities like biking, picnicking, sports, pets, and games are not permitted.

Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
581 W. Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown
631-265-1054
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, dawn to dusk
Price: $8 per vehicle, weekends

Caumsett State Park Preserve
25 Lloyd Harbor Road, Huntington
631-423-1770
Hours: Sunrise to sunset daily
Price: $8 per car
This historic park is situated on a peninsula, providing views of the Long Island sound, wooded hiking paths, and beautiful gardens. 

Laurel Lake Park and Preserve
5501 NY-25, Laurel
631-283-3195
Go hiking, birdwatching, study nature, and take stunning photos of the foliage on 14 miles of hiking trails within a hardwood forest. You'll see oaks, hickories, beeches, and maples.

Mashomack Preserve
79 S. Ferry Road, Shelter Island
Hours: Daily, 8am-6pm
Mashomack Preserve is surrounded by 11 miles of coastline and covers a third of the island with 2,039 acres of interlacing tidal creeks, mature oak woodlands, fields, and freshwater marshes.

Quogue Wildlife Refuge
3 Old Country Road, Quogue
631-653-4771
Hours: Daily, sunrise to sunset
This 300-acre, nonprofit nature preserve is home to diverse wildlife and their habitats. You will explore forests and ponds, including the ecologically rare Dwarf Pines and Pine Barrens.

Sears Bellows County Park
Bellows Pond Road, Hampton Bays
631-854-4949
Nestled within the Long Island Pine Barrens, Sears Bellows offers an extensive trail system and many activities.

Wildwood State Park
790 Hulse Landing Road, Wading River
631-929-4314
Hours: Daily, year-round, sunrise to sunset
Price: $8 per vehicle, weekends and holidays through Oct. 12
600 acres of undeveloped, hardwood forest overlooking the Long Island Sound.

West Hills County Park
Sweet Hollow Road, Melville
631-854-4423
Picturesque nature trails, including the historic Walt Whitman Trail to Jayne's Hill (Long Island's highest peak, at an elevation of 400 feet), wind through this mixed-deciduous forest.

Fall Foliage in Ulster County

Walkway Over the Hudson
87 Haviland Road, Highland
This steel cantilever bridge spans the Hudson River between Highland on the west bank and Poughkeepsie on the east. 


Fall Foliage in Orange County

Storm King Art Center
1 Museum Road, New Windsor
This 500-acre outdoor museum offers stunning views of hills, meadows, and forests of its site and the surrounding landscape. 

Bellvale Farms Creamery
1390 Route 17A, Warwick
This iconic ice cream creamery has stunning views of Warwick Valley and Greenwood Lake to enjoy while you eat your ice cream.

Trophy Point
United States Military Academy, West Point
This scenic overlook of the Hudson River Valley has been subject to many works of art. 

Winding Hills Park
Old Route 17K, Montgomery
845-615-3830
Price: Vary by activity. See website.
Hours: Vary by activity. See website.
51 camp sites, a 40-acre Diamond Lake, 4-acre pond, fishing, boating (car-top boats only), playgrounds, horseshoe Pits, volleyball court, picnic shelter, picnic tables, nature trails, grills, ice skating, ice fishing, and snowmobile trails

Fort Montgomery State Historic Site
90 Route 9W, Fort Montgomery
845-446-2134
Price: See website
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 9am-5pm
Montgomery was the scene of a fierce Revolutionary War battle for control of the Hudson River. Visitors today can tour the remains of the 14-acre fortification, perched on a cliff overlooking the magnificent Hudson



Fall Foliage in Dutchess County

Vanderbilt Mansion
4097 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park
845-229-7770
Hours: 9am-5pm
Price: $10
Explore the grounds of the Vanderbilt Mansion high above the Hudson River with amazing views of the Catskills.

Staatsburg State Historic Site
75 Mills Mansion Drive, Road #1, Staatsburg
845-889-8851
Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 11am-5pm through Oct. 27
Price: $8 adults, $6 students/seniors, free for children under 12
The property of the elegant country home of Ogden Mills and his wife Ruth Livingston Mills overlooks the Hudson River and the Catskills.

Tivoli Bays Wildlife Management Area and Research Preserve
Cruger Island Road, Tivoli
Price: Free
Hike along the Hudson River with stunning views of the Catskills.

Ferncliff Forest
Ferncliff Forest Game Refuge and Forest Preserve is a 200 acre forest known as the second-best old growth forest in the Hudson Valley. The forest is available for hiking, camping, mountain biking, skiing, fishing, and picnics at no charge. 

Scenic Hudson's Long Dock Park
23 Long Dock Road, Beacon
845-473-4440
Hours: Daily, 6am-8pm
Kayak, picnic, stroll through wetlands, or simply enjoy the river.

Fall Foliage Cruises in New York

Classic Harbor Line
Choose from a variety of NYC Fall Foliage Cruises including Grand Palisades Fall Foliage Cruise, Grand Palisades Fall Foliage Schooner, Fall Foliage Cruise aboard Yacht Kingston, and Fall Foliage Cruise on Yacht Full Moon from Chelsea Piers. 2.5 hour cruise, $88 adults, $64 children.

Eastern Star Cruises
73 Garvies Point Road, Glen Cove
800-445-5942
As you travel along the Sound, you’ll enjoy spectacular fall foliage as we pass the brilliant mansions nestled in the hills of Sands Point, Oyster Bay, Lloyd Harbor, Centerport, Huntington, and Greenwich, and enjoy the beauty of Caumsett State Park from a new vantage point. 

Hudson River Adventures - Pride of the Hudson
90 Front St., Newburgh
845-220-2120
Price: $18-24, see website for more info.
Drive to Newburgh to hop onboard the Pride of the Hudson. This two-hour narrated cruise will take you past Pollepel Island, Cold Spring, Storm King Mountain, Breakneck Mountain and on to West Point. 

Hudson River Recreation
1-888-321-HUDSON
If you prefer to take the river at a slower pace, Hudson River Recreation can put you in charge of your own boat. Your own really small boat, that is. They offer kayak tours on the Hudson departing from Sleepy Hollow, New Rochelle and Nyack. The tours generally run from mid-May to late September or early October, depending on the weather. Call for the current schedule. 

River Valley Tours
845-255-1955
If you've got time, River Valley Tours offers week-long boat adventures up the Hudson. On this combined boat and bus tour, which begins on October 10, you'll spend your days traveling by boat from New York to Albany, stopping along the way to visit Rockefeller's Kykuit, Boscobel, and the Mohonk Mountain House. 

Circle Line - Hudson River Fall Foliage Cruise
Leaving from Pier 83 in Midtown, this autumn cruise up the Hudson River to Hook Mountain offers stunning views, German-themed food specials, beer and outdoor deck space! Starting at $59.

Nyack Boat Charter
Choose from private sailing charters, power boats, river cruises, and more. 

 


 

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