Leaf peepers, it's almost the most wonderful time of the year! Autumn is the picture-perfect season for outdoor adventures. The air is crisp and the scenery is unforgettable. Scroll on to get the details on top spots in Albany County for fall foliage adventures.
Albany Rural Cemetery
Once the leaves begin to transition into autumn hues, Albany Rural Cemetery is a stunning backdrop for fall foliage adventures. With winding roads, enchanting wooded hills and exquisite burial monuments, the historic cemetery is a picturesque spot for a stroll. Wanderers will be in good company with one president (Chester A. Arthur), 34 members of Congress; 8 presidential Cabinet members; 5 New York State governors; and 55 mayors of the City of Albany all buried in the cemetery.
Check a must-visit attraction off of your Albany County Bucket List this fall foliage season! Journey to Cohoes Falls, the second largest waterfall in New York State. The sensational sight is only enhanced by the striking shades of leaves surrounding the magnificent waterfall. Walk across the 192-foot pedestrian bridge in Falls View Park for phenomenal views of the rushing falls and brightly-colored trees.
Washington Park is an urban oasis nestled within the City of Albany. During the autumn months, the historic park transforms into a fall foliage paradise with leaf-covered paths and vibrant trees. Stroll across the romantic footbridge, the only remaining original structure in the park, and marvel at seasonal views of the lake. After walking through the park, wander into the nearby Center Square neighborhood. Admire the charming architecture, from wood-framed houses to brownstone mansions, accented by the fall-colored tree lined streets.
The ultimate leaf-peeping adventure awaits in the Helderberg Hilltowns. Venture to the Huyck Preserve to gaze at a brilliant tapestry of fall shades. Hike across 12 miles of trails twisting along the Rensselaerville Falls, meandering through wooded forests and winding along the spectacular Lake Myosotis. These natural wonders are accentuated with crimson and amber hues guaranteed to take your breath away.
Pine Hollow Arboretum
Tucked in Slingerlands, the Pine Hollow Arboretum dazzles during the autumn months. Roam across 22 acres of land on a network of trails. While exploring the arboretum, view 11 scenic ponds surrounded by a distinctive variety of trees, shrubs and plants morphing into vivid fall shades. Foliage enthusiasts will not be disappointed by this hidden gem!
Albany Pine Bush Preserve
Seek out fall foliage at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. Located in the heart of Albany County, the preserve is a globally-rare fire-dependent habitat that boasts fiery shades of autumn leaves. Walk, hike or bike over 20 miles of trails while viewing the unique pine barrens and the landscape transitioning into impressive fall hues.
John Boyd Thacher State Park
Follow the leaf-covered road up to John Boyd Thacher State Park! Perched atop the Helderberg Escarpment, the park boasts drop dead gorgeous panoramic scenes of fall foliage. Venture to the Overlook and marvel at sweeping views of the landscape draped in a blanket of reds, oranges and yellows. This iconic spot is a must-see for leaf peepers!
Ann Lee Pond Nature Preserve
The scenic grounds of Shaker Heritage Society are worth a visit during the autumn months. From friendly cows, to a rustic barn built in 1915, it is a peaceful escape in Colonie. Footsteps away from the historic Shaker buildings is the 180-acre Ann Lee Pond Nature Preserve. Embark on a tranquil walk along the trails for bold displays of foliage amid the wetlands, forest and meadows.