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Leaf Peeping in the Albany Area

While the fall season plays host to many great activities in the area such as exploring corn mazes and going apple picking, the most popular may be leaf peeping! There are incredible views of fall foliage throughout the area. Take a look at the list below and don't forget to bring your camera!

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Washington Park

Located right in downtown Albany, Washington Park is the perfect place to set up a fall picnic and enjoy the foliage. Walk along the bike paths or relax near the pond. There's not a bad seat in the house to view the leaves at Washington Park!

Thacher State Park

Only a short drive away from Albany, Thacher State Park, located in Voorhesville, provides incredible views of the Capital Region's changing leaves. Whether you want to get a panoramic view from the cliffs or take a gentle hike on the Indian Ladder Trail, Thacher offers several great options to view the leaves changing.

Grafton Lakes State Park

Just outside of Troy, Grafton Lakes State Park has several areas that provide beautiful views of the fall foliage. There are a variety of trails from .5 miles to three miles long, benches along the lake and even picnic areas to take in the scenery.

Saratoga and North Creek Railway

What could be better than relaxing in a train car with a view of the beautiful leaves? The Saratoga and North Creek Railway runs through the Adirondacks and offers a unique leaf peeping experience.

Prospect Mountain

Take a day trip up to Lake George and enjoy the view of the leaves from the summit of Prospect Mountain. Not only is the view from the top beautiful, the drive up to the Adirondacks is as well! The view from the top is so expansive, that if you go at the right time, you'll see areas north that are in their peak, while further south may still have some green leaves.

The Catskills

Head south along the Hudson River to catch the leaves changing. The Catskill Forest Preserve provides 300,000 acres of forests filled with cliffs, fire towers, waterfalls and of course, magnificent views of fall foliage. Keep in mind, this area typically peaks later than northern regions.

Manchester, Vermont

Famous for its foliage, Vermont is filled with colorful trees come early October. Take a drive from Manchester to Middlebury and enjoy the changing colors along the way.

Photo Credit: Carl Heilman II

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