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Great Places To Enjoy The Upcoming Fall Foliage In Upstate New York

posted by Discover Upstate NY at 2019-09-18 21:01:00

Are you planning to take in the fall foliage while in Upstate New York? Here's your guide to the best places to enjoy the upcoming changing of seasons. 

If you adore the autumn season, there's nothing quite as fun and breathtaking as doing a little leaf-peeping. Whether you live in Upstate New York or you're just visiting, there are several areas where you can get some incredible views of gorgeous fall foliage. Read on to discover the best places you can visit to get the full glory of the changing season.

Visit Naples For Peak Leaf Changes

Located in Ontario County, Naples offers some amazing views of brilliant fall colors. This area of Upstate New York is home to Canandaigua Lake which offers some truly inspiring views.

While you're there, make sure you visit some of the awesome wineries and restaurants that line the rolling hills along the way. You'll see an inspiring mixture of color including oranges, yellows, and tones of brown mingling with brilliant reds.

While in Naples, visit Grimes Creek and take the beautiful mile-long walk to take in some serious views. The park in Naples, called Grimes Glen, features three waterfalls that will truly take your breath away.

If you're really feeling adventurous, visit the High Tor State Wildlife Management Area featuring over 6,000 acres of land to explore. And when in Naples, you can't forget to try some grape pie. This dessert is what put Naples, New York on the map.

Give Letchworth State Park a Visit

Just about 45 minutes south of Rochester, this state park boasts over 14,000 acres and spans around 17 miles between two counties. Known as the "Grand Canyon of the East," Letchworth State Park is a fabulous place to do a little bit of leaf-peeping.

You can hike over 66 miles of trails while you're there, and they vary in difficulty and length depending on your preference and skill level. You'll find a rainbow of brilliant colors throughout the park, but the best colors are typically in the southern region.

Be sure to stop and view a variety of waterfalls along the way to get some incredible photos. If you're hungry, pop into the Glen Iris Inn for a delicious meal. And, for the really adventurous, you can book a hot air balloon ride and take in spectacular views of the fall foliage and the Genesee River gorge.

Take a Drive Through Seneca County

Autumn in Upstate New York is a sight to behold, and a nice drive through Seneca County offers you some pretty brilliant color changes. This drive is a great option for anyone who prefers not to hike or walk.

As you go, look for colors of bright orange and yellow and make sure you follow Route 89 south to travel along the shores of Cayuga Lake. There's plenty of breweries and wineries  along this route. Make sure you stop and taste at least one of the local offerings on your trip.

To see the tallest freestanding waterfall east of the Rockies, stop at Taughannock Falls State Park. This incredible waterfall will inspire you and you'll come home with some amazing photos and memorable moments.

If you're in the mood to explore, check out the Gorge Trail located in the park. This trail is at the base of the gorge and features a crushed stone and dirt path that's great for visitors of all ages.

Get Inspired at Mendon Ponds Park

There's plenty to take in at Mendon Ponds Park thanks to its large size and approximately 2,500 acres of beautiful nature. The park is on the National Registry of Historic Landmarks because of its incredible glacial features and fascinating views.

Check out Devil's Bathtub, a truly unusual sight for locals and visitors alike. The park offers 30 miles of trails and also includes a nature center with gardens for a relaxing stroll and a photographic opportunity.

The park is also home to Wild Wings Inc. which is home to over 30 permanently injured raptors and other birds. It's also home to a bobcat! This rehabilitation center helps care for animals that would not be capable of surviving in the wild on their own.

Explore Corbett's Glen

If you're near the town of Brighton, visit Corbett's Glen for some beautiful color changes throughout the fall. This large town park features 52 acres and offers plenty of space for families to sprawl out and explore.

The park is located between a few neighborhoods and a railroad line. You can enjoy flat trails and two miles of walking to take in the autumnal views.

The southern end of the park offers a unique stone archway tunnel nestled alongside Allens Creek. Bring a bag lunch and relax on the rocks as you watch the creek waters roll. 

You can also explore the boardwalk area as well as a beautiful deck viewing area to get some amazing views of the changing leaves. With two miles of eight-foot-wide trails, there is plenty of space to explore and get outside in nature.

Visit Upstate New York For Amazing Fall Foliage

As the air begins to chill and the colors change, the area of Upstate New York is a prime place to take in the pure beauty of fall foliage. Whether you drive along a scenic highway or visit a park, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

Be sure to stop and experience local wine and food for an authentic experience. Visit the many natural waterfalls and hike some trails to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of autumn.

Discover everything that Upstate New York has to offer and visit our website for lots of great information about events, things to see, and a lot more.

posted at: 2019-09-18 21:01:00, last updated: 2020-03-17 18:14:05

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