The Best Places to See Fall Leaves Near NYC

It’s no secret that summer is wrapping up! Don’t fret, because with the end of summer comes sweater weather, pumpkin spiced lattes, and the changing color of autumn leaves. We believe the latter is best viewed up close and in person - no better spot than on a gorgeous campsite. Here are some great destinations to experience fall foliage.

1. The Hollow


Where to Stay: This campsite is postcard worthy from every angle during the fall. The rustic surroundings only add to the charm of the falling and changing leaves. The mountains roll on like red stock-still waves, where the once lush green trees turn to gold.

What to Do: Feeling adventurous? Try the New York Zipline Adventures. What better way to experience fall than flying through the air, 600 ft above the autumn leaves. If you want something at a slower pace, hop on the Hunter Mountain Skyride. It’s a year-round scenic ski lift, that gives you a bird's eye view (3,200 ft) of the Catskill Mountains’ changing leaves. Just north of your campsite, even the short drive gives you a picture-perfect foliage experience.

2. Turtle Creek


Where to Stay: There’s a certain feel that Turtle Creek offers during the fall. A kind of feel like being cocooned by fall and changing leaves. This campsite is perfect for being up close to the action. Walk in the woods, and you can hear a constant rustle of leaves, and watch them fall from the branches.
What to Do: Shavertown Trail is a moderate hike. You’ll wander past ponds and rock formations to come to a spectacular view of mountains and the Pepacton Reservoir, which supplies NYC with 25% of its drinking water.

Insider tip: Hunter Mountain Oktober Fest, if you’re wanting a scenic experience with a beer in your hand then look no further! Hunter Mountain Oktoberfest begins September 23rd and ends October 15, and this event isn’t just about the beer, it’s about the fall atmosphere.

3. Andes Escape

Where to Stay: Soak in the changing colors of the foliage surrounded by the mountains. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to live in a Thomas Kinkade painting, your chance is here. Take a seat and watch the fall leaves transform.
What to Do: While you’re here, you won’t want to miss Five State Lookout! This vantage point offers views of the Hudson River Valley, the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the Green Mountains of Vermont, the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, the Helerberg Mountains of New York and the Connecticut Valley. The panoramas here are breathtaking, especially in autumn.

4. Plattekill Mountain

Where to Stay: If you can’t decide between a campsite with a view of the falling leaves or a campsite with a gorgeous view of water, then look no further. Here, you can have the best of both worlds. From your campsite, you can see majestic mountain views overlooking the natural pond.
What to Do: Take in the colorful and breathtaking mountainside views from 1100 feet at the Plattekill Chairlift Sky Ride.

5. The Falls


Where to Stay: The Falls is the perfect mixture of natural running water and the changing season. This time of year, it looks like a John Constable painting. Sit by a waterfall and marvel at Mother Nature.
What to Do: A stroll around Crystal Lake. I know, taking a hike around a place called Crystal Lake in the fall might conjure images of Friday the 13th. But we assure you that the only thing you will find is a gorgeous crystal clear lake surrounded by trees and hiking trails. The entire surrounding area changes and pops with the colors of fall leaves and the lake serves as a mirror for the changing season.