Though every season brings something special to the Hudson Valley, many consider autumn to be the best time of year. It’s no surprise, either—sweet treats, crackling fireplaces, and breathtaking scenery define the Hudson Valley every fall. If a jaw-dropping color palette of reds, oranges, and yellows pique your interest, you need to visit! As chilly weather creeps into the region, so do dedicated leaf-peepers. Below, we’ve compiled all of the best spots to experience Hudson Valley fall foliage this autumn. For a complete list of our best local tips, be sure to access our complimentary Hudson Valley Vacation Guide!
Where to Find the Best Hudson Valley Fall Foliage
The Shawangunk Mountains Scenic Byway
You’ll find The Shawangunk Mountains Scenic Byway just 30 minutes northwest of Saint Hubert’s Lodge. This gorgeous spot in Ulster County offers 88 miles of gorgeous views, especially in the fall! The route encircles the northern Shawangunk Mountains and weaves through the Rondout and Wallkill Valleys, connecting numerous charming towns along the way. We recommend paying special attention to the section between Kerhonkson and New Paltz! This spot provides some of the most vibrant colors in the Hudson Valley. Be sure to bring your camera!
Ulster County Farms
The Hudson Valley’s countless family-owned farms are important all year long. However, these agricultural hotspots play an especially prominent role in the region’s autumn festivities. If you’re planning to enjoy a fun event or activity while admiring Hudson Valley fall foliage, a local farm is where you’ll want to be! Get in the spirit of the season with hot apple cider, freshly baked fall pastries, hayrides, and pick-your-own pumpkin patches. You can even wander through a sprawling local orchard, picking your own fresh apples as you take in the sights!
The Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway
About an hour away from Saint Hubert’s Lodge, you’ll discover The Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway. This section of Route 28 winds through forested lands and over pristine waterways in the Central Catskills. The byway provides plenty of opportunities for hiking, fishing, and, of course, leaf peeping! It makes for an incredible drive in the fall. We recommend stopping at least once to take in the stunning, panoramic views. You’ll see plenty of colors here as well as distant, charming villages.
Experience Hudson Valley Leaf Peeping at Saint Hubert’s Lodge
Autumn is, without a doubt, one of the best times to explore the Hudson Valley. After a fun day filled with leaf-peeping, you’ll want to come back to comfort, elegance, and a crackling fireplace! Saint Hubert’s Lodge is your perfect home-away-from-home and a true hidden gem in Ulster County. Tucked at the end of a winding country lane, a truly homegrown experience and 165 beautiful acres of fall foliage await. Choose one of our luxurious yet cozy accommodations complete with premium amenities and feel the concept of ordinary slip away. Just a few steps from your suite, you’ll be able to hike, bike, fish, and simply unwind in nature.
One of the best places to rest your head this fall is our Escape Suite! Once you step into this accommodation, you become one with the natural beauty of the Hudson Valley. Decorated in warm, golden-brown tones that reflect The Lodge’s stunning surroundings, this rustic retreat is perfect for up to four guests! You’ll love this suite’s plush, pillow-top queen bed, additional room with comfortable bunk beds, a private bathroom, and a spacious sitting area.