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    Best Fall Foliage Spots

A Guide to New Haven’s
Best Fall Foliage Spots


It’s that time of year when the leaves are changing and people are looking for the best spots to check out Connecticut’s fall foliage. If you’ve been thinking about where to go to get the best glimpses, the good news is, you don’t have to go far. There are a couple of places right in your backyard in New Haven where you can get some pretty awesome views.

Of course, we’re going to share them with you and give you a little intel about the best time to see great views of fall foliage in New Haven. 

Are you ready? Let’s go!

When is the best time to catch great fall foliage in New Haven?

Fall foliage season begins in late September, ironically when fall begins! It extends all the way through early November. But, that doesn’t mean you’ll see the best colors during that entire time. It takes a while for the leaves to turn. 

Peak colors are expected between October 3rd and November 8th, leaving plenty of time to add some leaf peeping to your to-do list. But, depending on what Mother Nature decides to do with the weather, those dates could shift a few days earlier or later. The best advice…just keep your eyes open for the changing colors.

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Best Fall Foliage Spots in New Haven

East Rock Park

East Rock Park is a must-visit spot if you’re planning on seeing some fall foliage. It’s located on Cold Spring Street on the New Haven/Hamden border. It’s open daily from sunrise to sunset. Climb the rock stars to the summit for panoramic 360-degree views of New Haven. No matter where you are in the park, you’ll have a great view of all the fall foliage. East Rock Park is just a 15-minute drive from any of our New Haven Towers residences on Park Street and York Street.

While you’re in the area, be sure to check out some local eats like the Atticus Market for some fresh baked goods or The Pantry for breakfast. 

West Rock Ridge State Park

Another great spot to put on your fall foliage list is West Rock Ridge State Park. Located in the Westville neighborhood along Wintergreen Avenue, West Rock Ridge State Park has bragging rights of being the second largest state park in Connecticut.

Take a drive up to historic Judges Cave and the South Overlook above Westville Village. You’ll see some great views of South Central Connecticut as you get your fall foliage fix. West Rock Ridge State Park is also just a short drive from our New Haven Towers locations, at just under 15 minutes. 

Edgerton Park

You can’t forget about New Haven’s Edgerton Park if you’re looking for another leaf peeping spot in New Haven. Edgerton Park has been part of the New Haven Parks system since 1965 and is another jewel that the Elm City has to offer. This area is a favorite for relaxation, so why not check out the foliage while you’re there? Edgerton Park is located on Cliff Street, just off Whitney Avenue, another convenient location from our properties.Be sure to check it out for leaf peeping and year-round.

Grove Street Cemetery

While it may sound a little odd, Grove Street Cemetery is also known for its fall foliage. It is a National Historic Landmark and was established in 1796. Here’s a little fun fact…Grove Street Cemetery is presumed to be the oldest in the nation with a grid-type layout and is the first chartered burial ground in the United States. Grove Street Cemetery is perfect if you want to mix a spooky Halloween walk at the end of October with your foliage tour.

Now you know where to go for the best fall foliage in New Haven. Time to get your cameras ready and get moving!

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Frequently Asked Questions on Leaf Peeping in New Haven

It's not snooping on your neighbor's plants but traveling to view and snap shots of those show-off fall leaves.
New Haven, Connecticut, is celebrated for its vibrant fall foliage due to its distinct seasons and diverse array of deciduous trees. The combination of cool temperatures and the city's historical backdrop, especially around Yale University, provides a picturesque setting. The tradition of leaf peeping is deeply ingrained in New England culture, drawing many visitors. Parks in New Haven offer accessible vantage points, making it a prime destination in the region's broader fall tapestry.
The peak colors in New Haven are typically expected between October 3rd and November 8th. (View the full article for more info on this.) However, these dates might vary based on the weather conditions of the year.
East Rock Park, West Rock Ridge, Edgerton Park, and... wait for it... Grove Street Cemetery. Because even ghosts appreciate good foliage.
While not mandatory, many people bring along cameras or binoculars. Comfortable walking shoes are also recommended as some of the best views might require a bit of walking or hiking.
While many parks and viewing spots are free, it's a good idea to check in advance. Some locations may have parking fees or entrance charges.
Dress in layers, as the weather can change throughout the day. Comfortable walking shoes are a must, and don't forget to bring rain gear if the forecast suggests the possibility of showers.
Policies on pets vary by location. It's always a good idea to check in advance if you plan on bringing your furry friend along.
Many of the locations mentioned have areas suitable for picnicking, but always make sure to clean up after yourself and follow any park rules or guidelines.
Some folks are so into leaves they’ll guide you around them. Check with local leaf enthusiasts (aka tourism offices).