Capture Autumn in New York City’s Parks!




Highbridge. Image credit: NYC Parks/Daniel Avila

Parks will kick off autumnal celebrations with the #FallforNYC photo campaign, fall foliage hikes, and more!  

Fall in love with New York City’s parks all over again! With the season’s crisp, cool weather and vibrant hues making an entrance, Parks today announced the return of its #FallForNYC initiative, with its fourth annual fall photo campaign, Leaf ID guide, suggestions for the most scenic spots to leaf peep, and fun events across the five boroughs to get New Yorkers in the autumn spirit.

“There’s nothing quite like fall in New York City, and our parks are the best places to experience the bright colorful foliage,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Gabrielle Fialkoff. “Whether hiking through Highbridge Park, practicing your birding skills in Forest Park, or just enjoying the sights and sounds of the season, we invite you to embrace those #FallforNYC moments!”

Conference House Park. Image credit: NYC Parks/Daniel Avila


Parks is back with one of its most popular social media campaigns, and we want to see your best fall photos! Capture your fall moments in parks on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #FallforNYC, and we’ll share our favorite photos at @nycparks!


Looking to get out and see the best fall foliage in the five boroughs for yourself? From 300 miles of hiking trails to scenic lakes and picturesque ponds, Parks’ Fall Foliage page has you covered! There you can find Parks’ recommendations for the best places to hike and see foliage, learn why trees change colors, and find out how to identify trees by their fall leaf color and unique shape!

Inwood Hill. Image credit: NYC Parks/Daniel Avila


Come enjoy the view and learn about the season by touring some of our most picturesque parks. Check out one of our free fall programs in a park near you:

Fall Foliage Bike Tour – Brookfield Park, Staten Island 

Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021 | 10 a.m. – Noon

Bike with the Urban Park Rangers from Brookfield Park into Latourette Park and take in the stunning views of autumn. Meet at the parking lot at Brookfield Avenue and Arthur Kill Road. Registration is required here.

Fall Foliage Hike – Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn 

Saturday, October 16, 2021 | 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Discover the nature and history of Fort Greene Park on a colorful autumn hike with the Urban Park Rangers. We will take in the scenic views of autumn while learning how to identify some of the foliage. Meet at the Fort Greene Park Visitor Center.

Fall Foliage Walk – Highbridge Park, Manhattan 

Saturday, October 23, 2021 | 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Mid to late October is the prime time for fall color in NYC, so don’t miss it! Come join urban naturalist Ken Chaya to observe the natural splendors of the autumn season. Meet at W 158th Street and Edgecombe Avenue.

Fall Foliage Hike – Highland Park, Queens 

Sunday, October 24, 2021

11 a.m. – Noon

Learn why leaves change color in fall as we hike around one of the most picturesque fall foliage spots in Queens. Meet at the Vermont Place parking lot.

Halloween Discovery Hike & Craft – Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx 

Sunday, Oct 31, 2021 | 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Join the Urban Park Rangers for a walk into the woods searching for spiders and other critters. Enjoy fall foliage and try your hand at your choice of nature arts & crafts. Best for kids. Meet at the Van Cortlandt Nature Center, West 246th Street and Broadway.

Here are more Fall Foliage Events in New York City Parks.