5 Best Central Park Fall Foliage Spots

5 Best Central Park Fall Foliage Spots

There are some great Fall getaways near NYC, but you can also enjoy some stunning fall foliage in our very own Central Park.  It’s hard to hit the park and miss the beautiful autumn scenery, but here are a few top-rated spots to check out for those seeking the best Central Park fall foliage spots !!

The Ramble

Get lost along the 38 acres of winding pathways of the Ramble this fall. This scenic part of the park is located between 73rd and 78th Streets, and presents us with amazing plant life, exotic birds, and a man-made stream which you’ll sometimes find raccoons and other species enjoying.

Central Park Fall Foliage Spots

photo by Flickr user Paul Stein. https://www.flickr.com/photos/kapkap/


Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir

This is a popular spot for runners, tourists and local photographers. At slightly over a mile-and-a-half, it’s a very doable walk on a nice autumn day. The Reservoir offers amazing skyline views and all kinds of beautiful multi-colored trees.  This gem is located between 86th and 96th Streets and covers about 1/8th of Central Park.

Central Park Fall Foliage Spots

photo by Flickr user Shannon McGee. https://www.flickr.com/photos/shan213/


The Conservatory Garden

Enter this six-acre garden at 104th and Fifth Avenue. It’s made up of three smaller gardens with Italian, English and French influence. Features of this lovely urban escape include a majestic fountain, white crabapple trees and Korean chrysanthemums.

Central Park Fall Foliage

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Hallett Nature Sanctuary and the pond.

Hallett Nature Sanctuary is a stunning nature preserve located right by the Pond at 5th Avenue and Central Park South (pretty close to Wollman Rink). Here you will find a ton of bird species, rabbits, raccoons and more. This area is fenced off, but the Central Park Conservancy offers tours on a regular basis.

Central Park Fall Foliage Spots

The Central Park Mall

The spectacular Central Park Mall is the home to rows of giant American Elm Trees, surrounding a majestic pedestrian walkway which spans a quarter mile. At the end of the mall is Literary Walk, which features several statues of prominent writers.

The Central Park Mall is located within the center of the park, between 66th and 72nd Streets.

Central Park Fall Foliage Spots

photo by Flickr user Anthony Quintano. https://www.flickr.com/photos/quintanomedia/

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