Fall Foliage on Long Island

Autumn Leaves on Long Island, NY
••• Autumn Leaves on Long Island, NY. Photo © Linda Tagliaferro

,As summer's sultry days turn to comfortable fall temperatures, it's time to enjoy the lovely scenery as leaves turn bright shades of yellow, red and orange. Read about some of the best places to look for nature's beautiful fall display.

Arboretums

Planting Fields Arboretum, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay, New York.
With over 400 acres of formal gardens, trails and historic buildings, this former Gold Coast estate blazes with brightly colored trees in the fall.

L.I.U. Post Community Arboretum, 720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville, New York, (516) 299-2333/3500.
With more than 4,000 trees on campus, and 126 of these in the 40-acre community arboretum, there's plenty to see in the fall when the leaves start changing colors. Each tree is labeled with info on the name and species, so you'll know which lovely leaves you're looking at. The arboretum is open to the public seven days a week and it's completely free of charge. The trail is wheelchair accessible.

Hiking Trails

Sand Point Preserve Natural Trails, Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middleneck Road, Port Washington, New York, (516) 571-7900. Open all year from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sands Point Preserve features several Gold Coast mansions including Hempstead House and Falaise. In addition, the 200+-acre former estate has six marked trails that lead you through lush woods, fields, and to a beach on Long Island Sound.

Along the way, take in memorable sights of lovely autumn leaves from the red maples, Norway maples, oak trees and more.

Caleb Smith State Park Preserve, 581 West Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, New York, (631) 265-1054.
With 550 acres of a Nissequogue River watershed, this pristine refuge offers a stunning view of autumn's colorful magic on its marked trails and beyond.

If you're bringing the kids along, make sure to visit the FREE nature museum, located inside the main building. And if you're into birdwatching as well, there are lots of opportunities in this outdoor venue.

Driving

If you'd like to sit back and relax in your car as you pass a tableau of fall colors, then try a drive down Northern Boulevard, a.k.a. Route 25A. You can pass by areas including Cold Spring Harbor, Huntington and other scenic places.

You can also check out Gardens on Long Island, New York to see a list of places in Nassau and Suffolk that undoubtedly feature trails going past trees that will put on a lovely display during the fall.

To see how much of a color change there is on Long Island and other regions of New York State, you can visit their Fall Foliage Report online.