5 Best Places to see Fall Foliage in the Hudson Valley
Leaf Peeping in the Hudson Valley
An article about the “best” places to see fall foliage has to be subjective, and I admit that I picked my five top places. The list is really endless and so hard to pick. To be honest my yard has some amazing sugar maples that can complete for the most colorful trees in the valley. Leaf peeping has become a sport all the way up the Hudson River. I photography anything along the way from Newburgh to Beacon, and have some great shots of New Paltz and Bear Mountain. Road rambles, tour boats and a Sunday afternoon drive are all great ways to take in the views. During the weekends be sure to start early in the day as it seems that everyone wants to get in on the fun. Festivals and apple picking are not the only options. Make sure to check out these other locations in the area and fun things to do.
I will confess that these are my most recent and top choices for the last two years… along with my yard.
1. Bear Mountain Begin by hiking the trails of Harriman State Park and continue to the adjacent Bear Mountain Park. Hikers will be rewarded by views of the Hudson River Valley and the surrounding hills. At the top you will find views all the way down to the Manhattan skyscrapers. D
2. Mohonk Mountain House All year long this is a great place for a gentle incline hike to the top of the mountain. The views are amazing and panoramic. One of my favorite for sure. Looking down from the top you see the Mountain house that is an upscale resort that looks more like a castle than a hotel.
3. Chadwick Lake Just four miles to complete the path around this beautiful lake. The trees change color and reflect on the water. Photo opportunities everywhere. At the end of the hike the playground will entertain the children with any energy left, while parents can relax on the benches for a more scenic and relaxing adventure.
4. Apple Orchards are everywhere. Apple cider, pumpkins, a hay ride and more can be found all over the Hudson Valley. Just about ten minutes from my front door and I can pick fresh apples to make the best tasting apple pie ever. While roaming around the orchards the crisp air and fall foliage remind me why I love living in the Hudson Valley.
5. Storm King Art Center in New Windsor NY is one of many locations that have some rather spectacular fall foliage moments. Looking for something to do on a Sunday afternoon? Be sure to find your way to Storm King and plan to stay until the Golden Hour. Photos are best a half hour before and after the sunset. You don’t want to miss this amazing light show. They don’t call it the “golden hour” for any other reason.
Can you imagine a home with views of the Hudson River? Sweeping panoramic Hudson Valley views are spectacular, and it doesn’t have to be just views of the river. I’m working to add to this post about all the best locations to view the foliage in the Hudson Valley. And in keeping with the theme of real estate, if you have a home with spectacular views, I would be happy to feature your photo this fall of your home. Let’s talk!