Leaf Peeping Opportunities in Saratoga Springs
Did you know there are plenty of places to leaf peep right in the Spa City? From walking through Congress Park to exploring Skidmore's trails, you'll find several sites where you can catch a great view of the leaves. Below we've rounded up some of our top picks to spot the fall foliage in Saratoga Springs.
Photo Credit: Gail Stein
Nestled right in downtown Saratoga, Congress Park is the perfect place to set up a fall picnic and enjoy the foliage with family or friends. Take a walk on the paths by the beautiful Spirit of Life Memorial, or follow the trails around the entire park. It's a small but scenic location to bring the kids leaf peeping this fall.
Soak up the local scenery and go for a hike through the North Woods at Skidmore College. Open to the public, the North Woods features a great trail system where visitors can reconnect with nature and enjoy colorful leaves during fall. The North Woods comprises approximately 150 acres, and the trails vary in length from .2 mile to 1.1 miles long.
Only a short drive away from Saratoga's downtown, the Bog Meadow Brook Nature Trail cuts through woods and wetlands. The two-mile trail is a popular spot for nature walks, and in addition to leaf peeping, you can also enjoy bird-watching during your trip (keep an eye out for herons).
Head west of downtown Saratoga and explore .75-mile of trails that travel through a forested area in the Rowland Hollow Creek Preserve. This is a quiet nature preserve with level trails that will bring you to an overlook of Rowland Hollow Creek. There are benches along the way where you can take a break and appreciate this woodland wildlife habitat.
If there's one place you must visit this fall, it's Saratoga Spa State Park. Although this State Park is worth a trip during any part of the year, during autumn, you'll get to see some of the best views of the foliage here in Saratoga Springs. Whether you take a hike, a bike ride, or a short drive through the park, you can experience the colors of the season. There are a variety of trails and trail loops to choose from, depending on how long you'd like to go leaf peeping.
Note: The peak period for fall foliage in Saratoga Springs is approximately during the second and third weeks of October. However, Mother Nature cannot always be predicted! It's best to check ahead here for up-to-date reports.