A Guide to Fall Foliage in Westchester County


Westchester County and the Hudson Valley is known for its stunning fall foliage. Here’s our list of some of the very best places to check out the beautiful changing leaves.

Hikes and Walks

Anthony’s Nose, Cortlandt Manor: A 2.6-mile hike up to the top gives sweeping views of the Hudson River, Bear Mountain, and on a clear day, the NYC skyline.

Bear Mountain State Park, Bear Mountain, NY: Walk around Hessian Lake, or drive up to the top of Perkins Memorial Drive for a spectacular view.

Briarcliff-Peekskill Trailway, including Blue Mountain Reservation, Croton Gorge Park, John E. Hand Memorial Park, and Teatown Lake Reservation: This is a 12-mile unpaved trailway. No bikes allowed.

Bronx River Pathway, including Kensico Dam, Westchester County Center, and Greenburgh Nature Center: This is a 9-mile pathway beside the Bronx River parkway. Walking, running, or biking allowed.

Colonial Greenway, including Saxon Woods and Thomas Paine Cottage: This is a 15-mile unpaved loop open to hikers, walkers, and runners. Horseback riding is allowed on some parts of the trail.

North-South County Trailway, including Muscoot Farm, Kitchawan Preserve, Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, V.E. Macy Park, and Tibbetts Brook Park: A multi-purpose 36.2-mile trail.

Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Trail, including Croton Point Park, Van Cortlandt Manor, Philipsburg Manor, Lyndhurst, Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, Lenoir Preserve, Untermyer Park and Gardens, and the Hudson River Museum: A 41-mile trailway, with 21 miles tree-lined, is a popular spot for walkers and runners.

Walkway Over the Hudson, Poughkeepsie, NY: Walk over the Hudson on this pedestrian bridge, and get a view from both sides.

And if you’d prefer a ride…

Metro North: There are some stunning views on the ride from Yonkers to Poughkeepsie, no matter where you stop!