Best Parks for Fall Foliage – Brooklyn
Fort Greene Park
Trees to see: Massive London plane trees, oaks, elms, gingkos, osage orange trees
The park is small enough that you can meander through the whole thing. Just don’t forget to climb to its apex and check out the view from the hill.
Most of NYC’s salt marshes have been paved over for development, so it’s a treat to be able to commune with egrets, herons and other birds at Salt Marsh Nature Trail.
This trail is about one mile long, past prairie grass and along the Gerritsen Beach shoreline toward Jamaica Bay.
Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1
Seek out the small, winding forest-like trails, and photo-perfect skyline views of Lower Manhattan.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Especially the Native Floral Garden and the Japanese Hill and Garden.
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Van Cortlandt Park
Trees to see: Oaks, hickory
Van Cortlandt is filled with nature trails that pass through gorgeous native hardwoods, including the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail, the Putnam Trail, the Muir Trail, and the John Kieran Trail.
The John Muir Trail is named for the 19th Century naturalist, author, environmental philosopher, and early advocate to preserve wilderness in the United States.
He also was a friend of fellow environmentalist President Teddy Roosevelt, and influenced him to create the National Park System.
Wave Hill, with knock-out views across the Hudson River to the Palisades, and a regular schedule of family-friendly events.