Best Central Park Fall Foliage Spots

If you’re sad that the end of summer is near, take comfort in the fact that you’ll soon be surrounded by vibrant autumn colors. And the following fall foliage spots in Central Park will bring you more reds, oranges and yellows than perhaps anywhere else in NYC!

Gapstow Bridge

Located by the south east corner of Central Park, here you’ll find beautiful colors both on and around the bridge, as well as a stunning reflection in the pond and a view of the Plaza!

gapstow bridge foliage


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 Paul Stein

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 reservoir autumn

Photo by via Flickr

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.

conservatory garden central park fall

Photo by spurekar via Flickr


Hallett Nature Sanctuary & 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.

hallet nature sanctuary foliage trail

Photo c/o Central Park Conservancy

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 mall fall foliage

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