The Capital Region of New York offers a beautiful display of fall foliage, with its numerous parks, forests, and scenic drives. Be sure to look up a New York State fall foliage map to take advantage of peak foliage times.

Here are some of the best places to see fall foliage in the Capital Region of New York.

Thacher State Park & the Indian Ladder Trail

Located about 15 miles southwest of Albany, Thacher State Park offers stunning views of the Hudson Valley from its escarpment overlooks. Visitors can enjoy the Thacher Park hiking trails, picnic areas, and campsites surrounded by colorful fall foliage.

The Thacher Park Indian Ladder Trail is probably the most popular hiking trail at John Boyd Thacher State Park, with spectacular views, including fall foliage. The trail includes a series of ladders and steps that lead down the cliff face to the bottom of the escarpment.

Thacher Park Indian Ladder Trail Foliage

Saratoga Spa State Park

Saratoga Spa State Park is located just outside Saratoga Springs and features a variety of walking and hiking trails, as well as scenic drives, picnic areas, and mineral springs. In the fall, the park’s maple, oak, and beech trees turn vibrant shades of red, orange, and gold.

Grafton Lakes State Park

Located east of Albany, Grafton Lakes State Park is a popular destination for hiking, fishing, and boating. The park’s rolling hills and hardwood forests provide a spectacular backdrop for fall foliage viewing.

Vroman’s Nose

Vroman’s Nose is just under an hour from Albany. This short hike has some amazing views of the Middleburgh area.

Other Hikes & Walking

Upstate NY is a great place to view foliage not just from scenic viewpoints. You can enjoy the changing colors on my walks, and fall is a great time to check out the many hiking trails around the Capital Region.

These are just a few of the many great places to see fall foliage in the Capital Region of New York. Be sure to check with local parks and recreation departments for current foliage conditions and recommendations.

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Hudson River Valley

The scenic Hudson River Valley, which stretches from Albany to New York City, offers a variety of options for fall foliage viewing. Visitors can take a leisurely drive along the Hudson River or hike the trails in the nearby Catskill Mountains.