Fall in Love with Autumn: Join NYC Parks for Fall Foliage Fun!




Clove Lakes Park. Image courtesy NYC Parks

Fall in love with New York City’s parks all over again! With the season’s crisp, cool weather and gorgeously colored leaves making an entrance, today NYC Parks announced the return of its #FallForNYC initiative, with its fifth 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.

Clove Lakes Park. Image courtesy NYC Parks

“NYC parks are the best places to experience fall in New York City and see the changing leaves, such as yellow ginkgos and red oaks,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue. “From celebrating fall in Rockaway to biking through Van Cortlandt Park, we invite you to join us this autumn and #FallforNYC!”


We’re tracking some of New York City’s favorite tree species! From maple to ginkgo, every tree will show off their fall colors at a different time throughout the season. Head to our Fall Foliage Tracker to see when the peak hues will be for each species. A checkmark will appear and the image will brighten when the tree species is at its peak beauty!

Clove Lakes Park. Image courtesy NYC Parks.


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!


Come learn from our Urban Park Rangers and enjoy the views by touring some of our most picturesque parks.

Check out one of our free fall programs in a park near you: Rockaway Fall Festival – Bayswater Park, Queens

Monday, Oct. 10, 2022 | Noon – 4 p.m.

Come celebrate fall’s arrival with the Urban Park Rangers in Bayswater Park with a haunted maze, pumpkin patch, arts and crafts, and more. Meet at Bay 32nd Street and Beach Channel Drive.

Fall Foliage Hike – McCarren Park, Brooklyn on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022 | 11 a.m. – Noon

Discover the nature of McCarren Park on a colorful autumn hike with the Urban Park Rangers while learning how to identify some of the foliage. Meet at Driggs Avenue and Lorimer Street.

Fall Foliage Hike – Central Park, Manhattan

Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022 | 1 – 2 p.m.

Join the Urban Park Rangers on a hike through the Forever Wild preserve in Central Park North to see the changing fall colors. Meet at West 100th Street and Central Park West.

Forest Park. Image courtesy NYC Parks

Autumn Nature Art – Forest Park, Queens

Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022 | Noon – 1 p.m.

Let the fall season spark your creativity as we use nature as inspiration to create artistic masterpieces. Meet at Forest Park Visitor Center.

Fall Foliage Bike Tour – Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx

Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022 | 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Experience Van Cortlandt Park’s fall beauty on a bike tour with the Urban Park Rangers.

Inwood Hill. Image courtesy NYC Parks


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!