Fall is right around the corner and folks are planning their road trips to see the changing leaves. This post highlights eight of the best spots to see fall color in New York.
Check out our suggestions below to book a stay at one of our outdoor destinations and experience an amazing vacation in the Empire State!
8 Spots for Fall Color in New York
1. Letchworth State Park
Letchworth State Park is known as the “Grand Canyon of the East,” a name it rightly deserves. This deep gorge is home to three huge waterfalls flanked by lush foliage. In autumn, Letchworth State Park is a fantastic place to find fall color in New York.
2. Scenic View Park/Thousand Islands
Alexandria Bay, NY
The Thousand Islands region of New York is a stunning place to visit in fall. Large and small islands dot the St. Lawrence River, which is also the border between the U.S. and Canada. The area’s cool weather consistently ensures an abundance of vibrant fall scenes.
Your best chance for finding fall color is at Scenic View Park in Alexandria Bay. This hilltop preserve overlooks the Thousand Islands, as well as Boldt Castle, a regal mansion on the river. The view is nothing short of picturesque!
3. Whiteface Mountain
You’ll find plenty of fall foliage in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. In the northern reaches, Whiteface Mountain is a stunning place to see the changing leaves. We recommend that you take Whiteface Veterans’ Memorial Highway for a scenic drive to the summit. You can also ride the Cloudsplitter Gondola to the top which is a one-of-a-kind way to view the fall color.
4. Bear Mountain State Park
Bear Mountain, NY
Although Bear Mountain State Park is located just 50 miles north of New York City, the atmosphere couldn’t be more different. This tranquil wilderness features vast vistas with unbelievable fall color. It’s a perfect spot for a scenic drive or a long hike.
5. Lake George
Lake George, NY
Nestled in the Adirondacks, Lake George is an excellent spot for fall color in New York. The town of Lake George is located at the south end of the lake and features great places to eat. The northern sections of the lake are mountainous and feature many hiking trails along high bluffs.
- Adirondack Gateway RV Resort
6. Hawk’s Nest
Sparrow Bush, NY
The Hawk’s Nest, a beloved overlook of the Delaware River, is situated five miles north of Port Jervis. The views are unbelievable, and the drive to this scenic spot is interesting too. The Upper Delaware Scenic Byway is famous for a series of short bends that make this route one of New York’s windiest roads. It’s a fun drive but take it slow for safety.
7. Kaaterskill Falls
We can’t talk about fall color in New York without mentioning the Catskill Mountains. This rugged region is halfway between Albany and New York City, making it easy to reach. There are hiking trails, fly fishing spots, and plenty of outdoor attractions.
Kaaterskill Falls is one of the best things to see. This high waterfall is surrounded by colorful leaves and the roundtrip hike is just 1.4 miles, making Kaaterskill Falls a very popular destination. Try to visit on a weekday to avoid the biggest crowds.
- Jellystone Park™ at Birchwood Acres
8. Devil’s Hole State Park
Niagara Falls, NY
The last spot on our list is Devil’s Hole State Park. Nestled four miles north of Niagara Falls, this spot is named after the rapids on the Niagara River. In autumn, Devil’s Hole lights up with a gorgeous display of color among the trees that line the river gorge. Afterwards, head south and see the famous waterfalls for yourself.
- Jellystone Park™ of Western New York
Searching for fall foliage in New York is a rewarding experience. You can visit one spot or plan a road trip to see several great places for fall color. Plus, you can stay at our outdoor destinations during your trip to enjoy great amenities and comfortable accommodations. We’ll see you soon!
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