Favorite Fall Foliage Routes

Fall Foliage Routes – New York & Connecticut

Autumn is a fantastic season for running. Crisp air, orchards, pumpkins, and of course the changing leaves. We’ve put together several compilations of favorite fall foliage runs for several northeast U.S. states, plus a Top 20 foliage route lists for Eastern North America Cities and New England. This compilation is of some favorite routes in the New York and Connecticut, mainly focused on the countryside. See our separate ‘Top Foliage Routes in Eastern N. America Cities‘ for coverage of cities in NY & CT.

To plan for peak foliage running, follow the calendar. Peak is typically early October in the Adirondacks to late October in southern Connecticut.

Robert G. Wehle State Park

Thousand Islands, NY

This 1,000-acre state park in Henderson is the former estate of Robert Wehle, and consists of 10 miles of wide, scenic trails along Lake Ontario, and around the estate grounds. We've mapped a 4.7 mile loop along the Snakefoot Trail.

Mirror Lake Loop

Lake Placid, NY

The easiest and most popular run in Lake Placid. The 2.7 mile loop around Mirror Lake is mainly on Mirror Lake Dr., featuring lake views for about 1/3 of the route. Sidewalk the whole way. Add-on with quiet side roads off Main St.

Saratoga Spa State Park

Saratoga Springs, NY

National Historic Landmark that's renowned for its cultural, aesthetic, and recreational features. For running, there are 15 miles of trails in the park -- a combination of gentler paths and some more rugged trails. 1 mile from downtown.

Heritage Trail

Hudson Valley, NY

The 13-mile Heritage Trail is a paved/crush limestone multi-use path that follows the former Erie Railroad rail line through New York’s Orange County, between Middletown and Harriman. Especially nice in fall!


Litchfield Hills, CT

A quiet, small village with elegant homes and lovely town green is featured in this 2 mile tour of Connecticut’s back roads. Options for a longer run on pleasant, quiet side roads

Steep Rock Preserve

Litchfield Hills, CT

Lining the banks of the Shepaug River, Washington’s Steep Rock Preserve is trail running heaven. There's something for everyone here. We recommend the Steep Rock Loop trail out to the scenic suspension bridge and railroad tunnel.

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