What’s your favorite fall activity…apple picking? Visiting a haunted house? If your idea of enjoying the season is going on a back road drive to see vibrant fall foliage, spend the day in Rockland County, a lower Hudson Valley destination. Here are some of the best locations for enjoying the autumnal colors while hiking, picnicking, photographing, and more.
Perkins Memorial Tower
Offering a one-of-a-kind view of the Hudson River, the tower is surrounded by foliage that comes to life in the fall. From the observatory of the tower, visitors can see four states, the New York City skyline, and mountain ranges covered in fall leaves.
High Tor State Park
While this park’s community pool is a popular attraction in the summer months, the foliage can’t be missed in the fall! After a hike to the top of High Tor Mountain, visitors can enjoy a 360° view of the Hudson River and miles of fall foliage.
Stony Point Lighthouse
Originally built in 1826, this lighthouse shares ground with the historic site of a Revolutionary War battle. The beautiful grounds surrounding the lighthouse are full of autumnal colors, and the waterfront and lighthouse provides a wide view of the Hudson River.
Haverstraw Bay Park
This waterfront park is surrounded by fall foliage and offers a wide landscape view across the length of the Hudson River. The park’s new pedestrian bridge that protrudes into the river is an ideal backdrop for any fall photo.
Nyack Boat Charter
One of the more unique ways to take in the fall colors, Nyack Boat Charter offers public and private excursions on the Hudson. With trips running through October and November, the fall foliage will surround you while you set sail.
Dr. Davies Farm
Built in 1836 as a part of a 450-acre farm running from Rockland Lake to the Hudson River, this farm has been used for commercials, television shows and movies like The Manhattan Project. However, Dr. Davies is most popular for fall festivities. Pick apples from over 4,000 trees and 15 different varieties. Enjoy hayrides, a pumpkin patch, corn maze and beautiful fall foliage. Open every day from 10am to 4 pm.