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Fall Foliage Jump Off Trail

Fall Foliage: 6 Breathtaking Views Near Rochester

The two weeks on either side of Halloween are perfect for witnessing peak fall foliage changes. With diminishing day light and temperature, the trees hasten their colorful leaf transitions before losing them completely.

Set your sites on a sunny day to truly highlight the colors.

These six destinations offer colorful fall foliage and varied landscapes so you can appreciate them each in their own unique way.

fall foliage - Honeoye Lake from Harriet Hollister
Honeoye Lake from Harriet Hollister

1. Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area

Harriet Hollister is a New York State recreation area located in the hills six miles south of Honeoye Lake. There you will find one of the best scenic views overlooking the lake.

You can also take in the view from your car if mobility is a challenge.

Mount Hope Cemetery bicycle
Mount Hope Cemetery pink tree
Mount Hope Cemetery autumn angel

2. Mount Hope Cemetery

Mount Hope Cemetery is a special place all year-round, but there’s something about Autumn that turns it into a virtual painting. Learn all about the arboretum during the late-October Autumn Foliage at Mount Hope tour.

Letchworth Inspiration Point
Inspiration Point
Wolf Creek

3. Letchworth State Park

Letchworth State Park comprises 14,350 linear acres along the Genesee River. It takes 30 minutes to drive from the Mount Morris entrance to the Glen Iris. Stop and appreciate the unique views at every single overlook!

Canandaigua Lake: Jump Off Trail on Gannet Hill in Ontario County Park
Gannett Hill Jump Off
Ontario County Park Gannett Hill Jump Off Trail
Ontario County Park Gannett Hill Jump Off Trail view from platform
Jump Off Trail

4. Jump Off Trail

The Jump Off Trail in Ontario County Park is ADA-accessible and affords one of the most beautiful scenic views in the Finger Lakes Region.

Down below is CR-33 West Hollow Road which makes an incredible scenic drive as you can imagine!

Durand Eastman Park Eastman Lake east side
Eastman Lake
Durand Eastman Park Log Cabin Road November
Autumn in Durand Eastman
Rochester-area parks: Durand Eastman Park boardwalk
Durand Eastman Arboretum

5. Fall Foliage in Durand-Eastman Arboretum

Though you can enjoy a drive through the park, stopping at several small parking lots along the way, it is best explored on bike (paved roads only) or by foot.

There are 3 main foot trails that take you around the largest lakes in the park.

Genesee Valley Park Rochester
Red Creek through Genesee Valley Park
Genesee Valley Park
30 day trips within 30 minutes of Rochester: Genesee Valley Park Rochester

6. Fall Foliage in Genesee Valley Park

Genesee Valley Park is a Frederick Law Olmsted-designed park located at the intersection of the Erie Canal, Red Creek and Genesee River.

The foliage along the river and canal paired with the stone bridges makes for a visually-stimulating walk or bike!

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Where are your favorite places to observe the fall foliage changes around Rochester?

Share your thoughts with us in the comments. Your insight and experience is invaluable!


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COVID-19 NOTE: Please follow the most current recommendations from the CDC and New York State for spending time away from your home.

The great outdoors can provide a well needed respite & escape during stressful times. Please move quickly through parking lots, trail heads, and scenic areas. If crowded, choose a different park, trail, or time to visit. Please day trip responsibly and locally—seek solitude!