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Leaf Peeping Events & Sites Across Upstate New York


Upstate New York is truly beautiful during every season of the year… but it’s the gold, orange and red of the fall foliage that really gets me excited I’ve highlighted some of the best places and events for greeting the new fall season. Take it from me: you’ll want to immediately jump in the car and head out across Upstate New York because these amazing views won’t last for long.

Orleans County

Not far over the border, between Niagara Falls and Rochester, NY, sits Orleans County, home to the Medina Railroad Museum. Catch the changing leaves on their Fall Foliage Excursions - a two-hour round-trip ride through the wooded scenery and along the Erie Canal. These events take place October 14, 18, 21 and 22.

Wayne County

Stay close to the Great Lake we share, Lake Ontario, and take route 104 across Wayne County. The scenic drive will give you a great look of the colored leaves, and a stop at Chimney Bluffs State Park would also provide a view of the lake. Throughout the month of October, Wayne County invites you to taste the apples they’re known for (as the largest apple producing county in New York State). The Apple Tasting Tour gives you an excuse to visit various farm markets, cideries, wineries, and more! Collect a stamp at each location as you view fall foliage, pick pumpkins and taste apple treats.

Letchworth State Park

One of the best views of changing leaves comes from Letchworth State Park - known as the Grand Canyon of the East. There are over 66 miles of trails for you to hike through as you marvel at nature’s magnificent colors.

Plan a trip during the U.S.A’s celebration of Columbus Day weekend (this year, October 7, 8, and 9, 2017) and you’ll see more than just beautiful scenery. Over 300 artisans will be selling their pottery, photography, paintings, quilts, jewelry and more - along with food vendors, live music, and performing artists. Admission to the Letchworth Arts & Crafts Show is free with a $10 car entry fee to the park.

Get a little more adventurous and combine two fun activities: hiking and yoga! The Third Annual Hikyoga® will take place on October 22, 2017 from 10 a.m. to noon. No better place for tree pose than among the trees, right?

Chautauqua County

The western tip of New York State, Chautauqua County, has a “Colors of Chautauqua” calendar filled with fall foliage celebrations running through November 4.

The Fall Foliage Vineyard Walk on October 8, 15, 22 & 29 allows you to tour the vineyards at Johnson Estate Winery, framed by the hillside filled with colorful leaves, and taste a Riesling grape - one of Upstate New York’s specialties.

Fall Fest at Peek’n Peak runs two weekends (October 14 & 15 and 21 & 22, 2017) with plenty of family-fun activities like the pumpkin cannon, petting zoo, pony rides and farmers market. Brilliant foliage sets the scene for a juried craft show - with the best views coming from ski lift rides.

Wherever you choose to visit, you won’t go wrong with the views. Pick your path and catch the colors - and make sure you bring your phone to ‘gram them all!