The three-state area is known for its state parks and open spaces that allow residents to enjoy this change in nature and take in the fall scenery.
Here we share some of the places in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to see fall foliage.
People can climb Mount Utsayantha. It’s a 2.3-mile round-trip trail near Stamford, New York. It’s great for hiking, mountain biking, and running, and you’re unlikely to come across many other people while exploring.
“You’ll find stunning views of the autumn landscape. Just a mile from the base to the summit, it’s a leisurely climb that’s perfect for hikers and dogs,” said I Love New York.
The adirondack train takes you through remote forests, sparkling rivers and into the magnificent beauty of Adirondack Park.
Linden Terrace in Fort Tryon Park (New York City)
Fort Tryon Park It remains one of the most beautiful outdoor works of art in the city and one of the best gifts received. The pristine views of the Hudson River make the park the perfect setting for exploring, winding walks, and picnics. Also, the perfect place to see the leaves during the fall.
Central Park (New York City)
Each fall, many of Central Park’s roughly 18,000 trees turn vibrant shades of yellow, orange, red, and more. It is one of the most photogenic times of the year in the park.
As the days get shorter, the trees will sense the arrival of winter not necessarily from the cooler temperatures, but from the angle where the rising and setting sun hits their leaves. This has a unique effect on Central Park’s trees, which are often obscured by many shadows cast by surrounding buildings. Due to the gradient of light and temperature, trees often have a distorted sense of the seasons, which means that Central Park often experiences a later foliage change than other parts of New York.
Whiteface Veterans Memorial Highway
Drive to the top of Long Whiteface Veterans’ Memorial Highwis, New York’s fifth highest peak at 4,867 feet is not your typical driving experience. How many other trails do you know that take you directly to the top of a mountain, with magnificent views that stretch for hundreds of miles of wilderness that stretch to Vermont and Canada? Nowhere else is the beauty and vastness of Adirondack Park so evident and so easily accessible. The paved road climbs more than 2,300 feet in five miles from the toll booth.
Palisades Interstate Parkway
The Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey it is approximately twelve miles long and half a mile wide, with 2,500 acres of wild Hudson River shoreline, plateaus and cliffs, just minutes from downtown Manhattan.
Stokes State Forest
Forested mountains, clear freshwater streams and breathtaking panoramic views from Sunrise Mountain await Stokes State Forest.
With over 63 miles of trails leading to places like Sunrise Mountain, Appalachian Trail, Tillman’s Ravine, and Stepping Stones Falls, there’s plenty of natural beauty to explore. Stokes is also a great location for fishing in one of New Jersey’s best trout streams, mountain biking, hunting, camping, skiing, snowmobiling and more.
High Point State Park
Highest point, the summit of Kittatinny Ridge rises 1,803 feet above sea level, the highest elevation in the state of New Jersey. Kittatinny Ridge is the product of continental collisions that have crumbled the earth’s crust, the shattering force of mile-high ice sheets, and centuries of erosion that have carried soil and rock into the valleys. The result is a mountain with unparalleled views over three states and a picturesque landscape where rare plants take root, animals find refuge and people come to visit the city, play and relax.
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Monmouth Battlefield State Park 25 miles of farm roads, trails, and fields await the history buff and hiker. The trails vary in length from half a mile to several miles, and many interconnect. Visitors can walk the battlefield in the footsteps of the Revolutionary War soldiers.
Parvin State Park
Located less than five miles from Vineland, New Jersey and 40 miles south of Philadelphia, Parvin State Park it is a hidden gem. Parvin is home to history as well as to plants and animals. Built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corp, Parvin contains campgrounds, cabanas, and a summer swimming beach on Lake Parvin. There are 15 miles of trails for walking, jogging or mountain biking and two lakes for canoeing and kayaking.
The park has not only pine forests typical of the area, but also a swampy deciduous forest.
Wharton State Forest
If you can explore the unique natural ecosystem of the New Jersey Pinelands Wharton State Forest.
Wharton has a variety of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding, as well as rivers and lakes for boating, kayaking, and fishing.
The Wharton State Forest is the largest tract of land within the New Jersey State Park System.
Throughout Wharton there are rivers and streams for canoeing, hiking trails (including a significant section of the Batona Trail), miles of dirt trails for mountain biking and horseback riding, and numerous lakes, ponds and fields ideal for wildlife viewing wild.
The the foliage season begins at the end of September and continues until the beginning of November. It is estimated that the maximum color will be between October 3rd and November 8th. However, depending on the weather in the coming weeks, the peak date may change a few days earlier or later as the season progresses.
Macedonia Brook State Park, Kent – Montaña Cobble
Macedonia Brook State Park: From Kent Center, take Route 341 West for approximately 2 miles. Take the first right onto Macedonia Brook Road, which leads to the park. (Turn left at the fork.)
The office and parking are located 1 mile in the park. Trail maps are available. Take the whitewashed Cobble Mountain Trail. Overlooking has views of the Harlem Valley to the Taconic and Catskill Mountains.
Mohawk State Forest, Cornwall
The Mohawk State Forest: From Torrington, Route 4W (14 miles) to Forest Gate (Toumey Road) on the left. Take the freeway to the “T” junction and turn right onto Mohawk Mountain Road.
Panoramic views to the north and west include the Catskill, Taconic and Berkshire mountain ranges. For your walking pleasure, the Mattatuck and Mohawk (shining blue) trails crisscross the site.
Pachaug State Forest, Voluntown – Mount Misery Overlook
Pachaug State Forest: From Voluntown take Route 49N (6 miles) to the forest entrance on the left. Head west (2 miles) and at the fork in the road turn left into the parking lot.
Take the forest access road on the left to look out.
This forest also contains miles of roads and hiking trails.
Pueblos State Forest, Barkhamsted Overlook-Chaugnam
State forest of the Pueblos: From the junction of Routes 318 and 181 in Pleasant Valley, head east over the bridge and then take the first left onto East River Road. The Jesse Gerard Trail is 2.4 miles on the right. The recreation area is located opposite the trail.
Take the path (yellow flames) to two lookout points.
Talcott Mountain State ParkSimsbury – Heublein Tower
From Bloomfield, take Route 185W (3 miles) to the entrance sign on the left after the mountain top.
Park along the road near the path. Go up the ridge, then left towards the restored Heublein tower. The view from the tower is over the valley of the Farmington River.
Another nearby alternative is at Penwood State Park (the entrance is on the left, 500 feet east of the Talcott Mountain entrance). From the parking lot, an excursion up the closed road circuits to a rugged viewpoint.
Mount Tom State ParkLitchfield
Mount Tom State Park: Located on Route 202 – A stone tower 400 meters above sea level can be reached by walking a mile long path.
Dennis Hill State Park, Norfolk
Dennis Hill State Park: Located on Route 272 – A summit pavilion perched 527 feet above sea level offers views of New Hampshire, Vermont’s Green Mountains and more.
The summit tour is only open on weekends from 4 to 26 October.
Goodwin Conservation Center, on Route 6 in Hampton
Goodwin Conservation Center, on Route 6 in Hampton: See the fall colors reflected in the water of Pine Acres Pond from the wildlife observation deck (wheelchair accessible). You can also walk through the canopy along a section of the Air Line Trail in the Goodwin State Forest.
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