These Are the 26 Best Places to See the Hudson Valley's Fall Foliage
See dazzling displays of the Hudson Valley's fall foliage at these places in Rockland, Westchester, Orange, Ulster, and Dutchess counties.
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This 500-acre outdoor museum offers stunning views of hills, meadows, and forests of its site and the surrounding landscape.
2. Bellvale Farms Creamery
1390 Route 17A, Warwick
Hours: Through Oct. 30: Monday-Wednesday, 12-8pm; Thursday-Sunday, 12-9pm.
This iconic ice cream creamery has stunning views of Warwick Valley and Greenwood Lake to enjoy while you eat your ice cream.
3. Trophy Point
United States Military Academy, West Point
Hours: daily, dawn to dusk
One of the most visited places at the United States Military Academy, this scenic overlook of the Hudson River Valley has been the subject of many works of art.
4. Winding Hills Park
Old Route 17K, Montgomery
Hours: Park: daily, dawn to dusk
Price: Vary by activity. See website.
A picturesque landscape offers a variety of amenities for anyone that enjoys what nature and the outdoors have to offer, including campsites, a 40-acre Diamond Lake, 4-acre pond, fishing, boating (car-top boats only), playgrounds, horseshoe pits, volleyball court, picnic shelter, picnic tables, nature trails, grills, ice-skating, ice fishing, and snowmobile trails.
5. Fort Montgomery State Historic Site
690 Route 9W, Fort Montgomery
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 9am-5pm and Sunday 1 pm to 5 m. Usually closes for the season the third week of October
Price: See website
Montgomery was the scene of a fierce Revolutionary War battle for control of the Hudson River. Visitors today can tour the remains of the 14-acre fortification, perched on a cliff overlooking the magnificent Hudson
Fall Foliage in Dutchess County
1. Vanderbilt Mansion
81 Vanderbilt Park Road, Hyde Park
Hours: Through October: daily, 7am-7pm
Explore the grounds of the Vanderbilt Mansion high above the Hudson River with amazing views of the Catskills.
2. Staatsburg State Historic Site
75 Mills Mansion Drive, Road #1, Staatsburg
Hours: check website
Price: $8 adults, $6 students and seniors, free for children ages 12 and younger
The property of the elegant country home of Ogden Mills and his wife Ruth Livingston Mills overlooks the Hudson River and the Catskills.
3. Tivoli Bays Wildlife Management Area and Research Preserve
Cruger Island Road, Tivoli
Hours: daily, dawn to dusk
Hike along the Hudson River with stunning views of the Catskills.
4. Ferncliff Forest
68 Mt. Rutsen Road, Rhinebeck
Hours: Park open year-round; tower open daily, dawn to dusk
Ferncliff Forest Game Refuge and Forest Preserve is a 200 acre forest known as the second-best old growth forest in the Hudson Valley. The forest is available for hiking, camping, mountain biking, skiing, fishing, and picnics at no charge. Plus, there’s a tower you can climb for amazing views of the area.
5. Scenic Hudson's Long Dock Park
23 Long Dock Road, Beacon
Hours: daily, 6am-8pm
Kayak, picnic, stroll through wetlands, or simply enjoy the river.
Fall Foliage in Ulster County
1. Walkway Over the Hudson
87 Haviland Road, Highland
Hours: daily, 7am to sunset
This steel cantilever bridge spans the Hudson River between Highland on the west bank and Poughkeepsie on the east.
Fall Foliage Cruises on the Hudson
1. Hudson River Adventures - Pride of the Hudson
4 Washington St., Newburgh
Hours: See website for cruise schedule
Price: $30; $28 seniors ages 65 and older; $20 children ages 4-11; free for children ages 3 and younger.
Drive to Newburgh to hop aboard the Pride of the Hudson. This two-hour narrated cruise will take you past Washington’s Headquarters, Mount Beacon, Bannerman Island, Breakneck Mountain, Cold Spring, World’s End, Constitution Island, and West Point.
2. Hudson River Recreation
Hours: depends on which tour you select
If you prefer to take the river at a slower pace, Hudson River Recreation can put you in charge of your own boat. Your own really small boat, that is. It offers kayak tours on the Hudson departing from Sleepy Hollow, Croton-on-Hudson, and Rye. The tours generally run from mid-May to late September or early October, depending on the weather. Call for the current schedule.
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