As fall comes into full swing, we enter the season of cooler weather and brightly colored leaves. Now is the time to take advantage of some of the most spectacular leaf peeping areas in Upstate New York that are just a short drive from the Capital Region.
Grafton Lake State Park
Nestled in the mountain ridge between the Taconic and Hudson Valley, Grafton Lake State Park is home to many hiking trails and beautiful scenery. During your visit, take in the exceptional views alongside Grafton Lake and the many different ponds within the state park. From the Dickinson Hill Fire Tower, you can also enjoy views of the Berkshires, Green Mountains and the Adirondacks.
Thatcher State Park
Located in the Helderberg Escarpment, Thatcher State Park provides gorgeous views of the Hudson-Mohawk Valley, the Adirondacks and the Green Mountains with over 25 miles of hiking trails. This park has countless amenities including playgrounds and sheltered picnic areas to make your leaf peeping visit more enjoyable.
Adirondack State Park
Covering the majority of Upstate New York, the Adirondacks consists of 6 million acres offering miles of biking and hiking trails and areas to fish. One adventure you won’t want to miss is the Adirondack Scenic Railway’s Fall Foliage Train running from early September to mid-October. During this ride, you’ll get a chance to see all the fall foliage, rivers and wildlife in between the Lake Placid and Saranac Lake regions. This is a great excursion for all ages to enjoy!
Slightly south of the Capital Region, the Catskill Mountains offer a great variety of activities during the leaf peeping season. Drive through the many scenic mountain roads or bike through back country lanes. If you prefer, take a sightseeing cruise up the Hudson River or hike the various trails or carriage roads while taking in the beautiful fall colors.
Fall in Upstate New York has so much to offer for those who enjoy taking in the beauty of Mother Nature. Outdoor activities abound if you’re up for the adventure!