Top 10 Fall Hikes to View Spectacular Autumn Foliage in NY-NJ: 2015

Catskills Fall Foliage (Photo Credit: Jeremy Apgar)

Where are the best trails to enjoy fall foliage in the New York-New Jersey region? 

We asked our staff and volunteers for their favorite fall destinations. Their top 10 recommendations (in no particular order) are all day trips accessible from anywhere within the region. Click through the list below to find details and directions for each hike. Then get out and enjoy the great outdoors on trails maintained by volunteers of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference!

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Favorite Fall Foliage Hikes in New Jersey

  •  Wyanokie High Point Loop in Norvin Green State Forest passes by an old iron mine and boasts 360 degree panoramic views at the summit. Recommended by Daniel Chazin, editor of New Jersey Walk Book, and by George Petty, author of Hiking the Jersey Highlands. Get details.
  • State Line Trail/Ernest Walter Trail/A.T. Loop from Greenwood Lake Marina in Abram S. Hewitt State Forest is a strenuous workout, but one of the most memorable hikes in the Jersey Highlands.Recommended by Daniel Chazin, editor of New Jersey Walk Book, and by George Petty, author of Hiking the Jersey Highlands. Get details.
  • Forest View Trail/Closter Dock Hike along the top of the Palisades, then stroll along the Hudson River on the Trail Loop. Recommended by Daniel Chazin, editor of New Jersey Walk Book Get details
  • Monument Trail Loop at High Point State Park, a popular trail, reaches the High Point obelisk. Recommended by Robert Boysen, author of Kittatinny Trails Get details.  

Favorite Fall Foliage Hikes in New York