It is often said that the colors of New York State in the fall are rivaled only by the colors of New England, but a New Yorker will tell you there’s no need to even consider New England. There are a number of fall foliage trails throughout the state, with shows of nature ranging in date from mid-September to early November.
In Western New York, one of the most frequented destinations is Letchworth State Park, located in Castile, just west of the Finger Lakes region. Often called the “Grand Canyon of the East,” Letchworth State Park’s beautiful gorge features the roaring Genesee River rushing over three major waterfalls, soaring to a height of 600 feet in some places. There are more than 60 miles of trails for hiking and enjoying the beauty on foot, and white-water rafting and hot air balloon trips are also available for the adventuresome. Peak foliage periods for this area are in the first three weeks of October (weather dependent).
Another state park with much history and beauty to match is Watkins Glen State Park, in the Finger Lakes region at the southern tip of Seneca Lake. More gorges, streams, and waterfalls pepper this park, where a summer trip through its trails will leave you equally as spell-bound as an autumn hike with its full range of colors. Once through the park, head north on either Route 14 or Route 414 to experience another one of New York’s colorful wonders: the wineries of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. Peak foliage periods in this area are in the first two weeks of October (weather dependent).
The Seaway Trail, which runs from the Niagara Falls area to the St. Lawrence River and the Thousand Islands along Lake Ontario, is a lengthy run of approximately 400 miles that will take you through Lewiston, Olcott, Rochester, Sodus Point, Oswego, Clayton, and Alexandria Bay, home of the exquisite Boldt and Singer Castles. End your trip along the trail with a boat ride along the St. Lawrence River, and a trip to Boldt Castle (open through mid-October). Peak foliage periods along the trail are the first three weeks of October (weather dependent).
Source: “Along the Seaway Trail…,” nylovesu.co.uk