October 26, 2017

Best Leaf-Peeping in the Hudson Valley 2017

Best Leaf-Peeping in the Hudson Valley 2017, Inn at Stony Creek

What’s the best part of a Hudson Valley autumn? 

It has to be the incredible colors of the changing leaves. If you’re planning a visit to the beautiful Hudson Valley in the fall, finding the perfect view of the foliage is an absolute must.

We’ve assembled some of our favorite places to get the ultimate view of of a fall color palette as far as the eye can see. Here you’ll find incredible perspectives of these vibrantly colored trees and since chilly weather is coming late this year, there’s still plenty of opportunities to soak in the scenery before it’s time to welcome winter.

Walkway Over the Hudson

There’s no better view of the river valley quite like the one you’ll find on the Walkway. The Walkway gives spectators a bird’s eye view of the trees winding along each side of the river and as far as the eye can see.


The ride to Hudson is dotted with some of the most incredible fall trees you can think of. It’s a short drive away from the Inn and is home to an amazing restaurant and boutique scene. On you way you’ll pass through rolling hills with farms, open fields and more.

Shawangunk Mountains 

New Paltz is a Hudson Valley fall fan favorite and it doesn’t get more breathtaking than the Shawangunk ridge. Start in New Paltz and then head west on Route 299 toward the Shawangunk Mountains. Turn right onto Routes 44/55 and climb into the ‘Gunks. As you ascend, after the hairpin turn, gaze east and you can take in a glorious, expansive view of the Hudson Valley, in all its autumn glory, that has been drawing visitors to Ulster County for generations.

Bear Mountain 

When it comes to river views and fall foliage, views from the Bear Mountain bridge are absolutely gorgeous. The scenery is so breathtaking, there’s scenic parking areas along the winding, bear mountain road so you can get the perfect photo.

Letchworth State Park

Known as the “Grand Canyon of the East,” Letchworth State Park is home to waterfalls and plunging gorges. Walk the Gorge Trail to see how it earned its nickname, and if you’re feeling adventurous, go whitewater rafting on the Genesee River where you’ll go through the heart of the canyon.


Whatever location you choose to get your fall fix, the Hudson Valley has you covered. 

While enjoying a warm, cozy fall weekend at the Inn at Stony Creek, you can be sure you’re always experiencing the best of Upstate New York.