In the fall, New York State is struck with magnificent fall foliage. From Long Island to the Thousand Islands-Seaway, one can see a kaleidoscope of colors. Sadly, these will be gone before you know it. So, check out some of New York’s most Instagram-worthy foliage spots and make sure you bring your camera!

Updated 8/19/22


The Catskill Mountains in the fall season with fall foliage
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Brimming with valley overlooks and mountain peaks, a drive through the Catskills will leave you breathless. Weave through the forested landscape by car, walk the Catskill Scenic Trail or summit new peaks from Windham to Hunter Mountain


A trail on the Adirondacks High Peaks during the fall season
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With 46 High Peaks and countless mountain lakes, the Adirondacks will greet you with awe-inspiring autumn colors.

Finger Lakes

Watkins Glen State Park trail during the fall season with orange leaves and a waterfall
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Watkins Glen State Park is home to 19 waterfalls cascading past 200-foot cliffs into an awe-inspiring gorge. Discover nature's splendor at this geologic wonder and plenty of other waterfalls and streams throughout the Finger Lakes. 


The view of a trail and stream at Saratoga State Park during the fall season
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From Saratoga Spa State Park to the colorful woodlands of John Boyd Thacher State Park, this region will reveal the colors of the season. 

Long Island

The sun shining through the fall trees at the Planting Fields Arboretum
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Let autumn's colors be the backdrop to your newest discovery. Uncover the stories behind historic sites like Planting Fields Arboretum and the glamorous Gold Coast Mansions this season.

New York City

A picture of Bow Bridge in Central Park during the fall season
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New York City is bright with autumn colors. Get lost in the beauty of this cityscape by soaking in the foliage across Central Park or up in the sky from Top of the Rock.  

Thousand Islands-Seaway

Boldt Castle with fall foliage
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Dotted with island castles and majestic waterways, fall colors make Alexandria Bay, Boldt Castle and Singer Castle all the more enchanting.  

Greater Niagara

The view of a river in Buffalo with fall foliage
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Whether you're canoeing on Lake Erie or kayaking down Canalside, fall foliage from the waterfront is breathtaking all across Greater Niagara.


Credit: Jonathan Weston
Credit: Jonathan Weston

Panama Rocks Scenic Park, one of the region's most beautiful parks, is just one of many stunning nature preserves to soak in the season's fall foliage. 

Central New York

A fall day view of Chittenango Falls State Park waterfall
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Tucked into a sea of orange, red, and yellow foliage, Chittenango Falls State Park makes your dream of fall hikes and waterfall picnics a reality. 

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