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.
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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
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.
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
Price: $8 per vehicle
Picnic, play tennis, hike, bike, and more amongst the changing colors.
Clark Botanic Garden
193 IU Willets Road, Albertson
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.
25A West of Jericho-Oyster Bay Road, Muttontown Lane, East Norwich
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
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
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
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
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, dawn to dusk
Price: $8 per vehicle, weekends
Caumsett State Park Preserve
25 Lloyd Harbor Road, Huntington
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
4097 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park
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
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
Hike along the Hudson River with stunning views of the Catskills.
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
Hours: Daily, 6am-8pm
Kayak, picnic, stroll through wetlands, or simply enjoy the river.
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
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
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
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
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.