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7 Fantastic Places to See Fall Colors In & Around Albany, NY

For many of us, the best part of fall is the sight of vibrant colors on the trees. Nothing compares to the natural beauty of fall foliage, and there are many places that offer fantastic views of the leaves. To help you plan your next leaf peeping adventure, we've highlighted 7 places to see fall colors within 90 minutes of Albany, NY.

ziplining in fallPhoto from New York Zipline Adventures in the Catskills

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 in Washington Park!

Thacher State Park

Only a short drive away from Albany, Thacher State Park, located in Voorheesville, 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 colors.

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 Spa State Park

river flowing through a parkPhoto Credit: Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce

From the historic buildings to the mineral springs, there is a lot to love about Saratoga Spa State Park. However, it's truly a spectacular sight when fall colors spread across the leaves in the park.

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.

Prospect Mountain

rusty structure on mountain summitPhoto Credit: Rebecca Hanley

Take a day trip up to Lake George and enjoy the leaves from the summit of Prospect Mountain. The view from the top is so expansive that if you go at the right time, you'll see areas north that are in peak foliage, while further south may still have some green leaves.

Manchester, Vermont

Famous for its vibrant foliage, Vermont is filled with colorful trees come early October. Go for a drive from Manchester to Middlebury and check out the colors of fall along the way.

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