Changing Colors: Fall Foliage Viewing Guide

Nothing is more enjoyable than leaves changing on Long Island. There are some wonderful places to hike and take pictures all over the island!

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Welcome to Fall! With the changing season, leaves are changing and falling. Among the fun things you can do this fall, including festivals and getting ready for halloween, many Long Islanders love to go out and look at the changing scenery.

Many Long Islanders go upstate or even out of state to enjoy the changing colors of the trees, but you do not have to go very far to enjoy the beautiful Fall.

Grab your picnic basket, thermos of hot cocoa, and a camera to enjoy these local spots for the changing of the colors this fall:

  • Garvies Point  
    Whil learning about Native Americans, enjoy the beach and the scenery.
  • David Weld Sanctuary 
    Hike and enjoy  tulip trees, gurgling swamps, red cedars, and glacial erratics. 
  • West Hills County Park 
    The nature trail includes Long Island’s highest peak with an elevation of 400 feet.
  • Caumsett State Park 
    Enjoy bird-watching, fishing, nature study, horseback riding, salt marshes, and a dairy complex.
  • Caleb Smith State Park Preserve 
    This park features the planted field, Willow Pond, Nature Museum and bird-feeding station.
  • Connetquot River State Park 
    Hike around the Pond, Oakdale Grist Mill, woodlands, Fish Hatchery and Barn.
  • Muttontown Preserve 
    Nassau County's largest nature preserve spanning includes over 550 acres of fields, woodlands, ponds and estate grounds.
  • Mashomack Preserve 
    This perserve includes the oak woodlands, marshes, ponds, and creeks. Keep an eye out for osprey, ibis, foxes, harbor seals, and terrapins.  Known as the “Jewel of the Peconic.” 
  • Wildwood State Park 
    This undeveloped hardwood forest terminating on the high bluff overlooking Long Island Sound. 
  • Cedar Island Lighthouse 
    There is nothing more Long Island then visiting a lighthouse.
    Do you go anywhere on Long Island where you like to watch the trees change color? Tell us in the comments below!