Lifestyle Where to see fall foliage in NYC By NINA RUGGIERO and RACHEL SENATORE Updated October 2, 2014 10:05 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Of all the things we love about fall, nothing beats the beautiful range of colors it brings. But before you rush out of the city to get an eye-full of foliage, take note: spots all over the five boroughs will soon be ripe with crimson, yellow and orange leaves galore. NYC's average peak time for fall foliage is late October, Northeast Regional Climate Center climatologist Jessica Spaccio says. The best days to see colorful foliage are dry and sunny, she adds, with cool, but not freezing, nights. The city is currently abnormally dry, Spaccio says, though not in a drought, which could lead to an earlier falling of leaves. Here are some of the best places in NYC to take in the view this season. Inwood Hill Park Photo Credit: Flickr/steveguttman This rare piece of mostly-untouched land along the Hudson River is rich with Native American history and dramatic terrain that includes caves, marshes, ridges and valleys. It also offers tree-lined trails through Manhattan's last naturally occurring hardwood forest, plus plenty of planted tulip poplar trees, which boast bright yellow leaves every fall. Find it: Dyckman St. and Hudson River, Inwood, Manhattan Van Cortlandt Park Photo Credit: Flickr/stevenpisano This expansive Bronx park (it covers more than a thousand acres!) offers a number of prime foliage-viewing trails, including the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail, where you can see a native oak-hickory forest along with the remnants of the aqueduct. The Putnam Trail runs along a former railroad route and a native hardwood forest, and the John Kieran Trail is home to red and gold foliage along with views of Van Cortlandt Lake. Find it: Broadway and Jerome Avenue, Bronx Staten Island Greenbelt Photo Credit: Emilio Guerra Put on your hiking boots and wind your way through one of the city's rare undisturbed forests, with tree species ranging from maple, tulip and beech to oak and hickory, for a complete palette of fall hues. Find it: Richmond and Brielle Avenues, Staten Island Alley Pond Park Photo Credit: Emilio Guerra The diverse landscape at Alley Pond Park includes wetlands, meadows and forests with both native and non-native plant species, for a unique mix of fall foliage. When you've had your fill of the views from eye-level, head to the park's adventure course and strap yourself in for a view from above, via zipline. Find it: Between Springfield Boulevard and Douglaston Parkway, Queens Pelham Bay Park Photo Credit: Flickr/annemarlow Urban Park Rangers tout this Bronx park as having some of the best foliage in the city. Must-see fall sights include the ancient oaks-- a 400-plus-year-old tree stands on the Split Rock Golf Course-- to the tall spruce and pines along the Kazimiroff Trail, which runs through Hunter Island. Find it: Hutchinson River, Long Island Sound between Bronx County Line and Middletown Road, Bronx Owl's Head Park Photo Credit: Flickr/ceonyc Your eyes will be torn between the New York Harbor views and the array of colorful trees at this Bay Ridge park, where you'll find rolling hills and peaceful paths full of oaks, beeches, maples and tulip poplars. Find it: Shore Road, 68th Street and Colonial Road, Brooklyn Highbridge Park Photo Credit: Emilio Guerra Though it's been marked by man with its iconic bridge and tower, Highbridge Park's natural beauty is a treasure all its own. Gaze in awe at its vast cliffs and rock formations, while taking in the colorful trees and other plant life along the Harlem River. Find it: W. 155th and Dyckman Streets, Edgecombe and Amsterdam Avenues, Manhattan Prospect Park Photo Credit: Flickr/gigi_nyc Brooklynites can't get enough of Prospect Park's delights all year-round, but the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation says one of the best spots in the park to enjoy fall foliage is the Ravine, where you'll find rustic trails that run through a mix of forest and woodland, with views "reminiscent of the Adirondacks." Find it: Parkside Avenue between Flatbush and Ocean Avenues, Brooklyn Central Park Photo Credit: Emilio Guerra Central Park comes alive in the fall, as bright colors adorn its already picture-perfect bridges, lakes and boulders. To truly surround yourself in foliage, take a stroll down the Mall and Literary Walk, between 66th and 72nd Streets, beneath a canopy of American elms. Or, for a more rugged experience, head to the Hallett Nature Sanctuary, now open every Tuesday from 1 to 3 p.m., near the Wollman Rink. Find it: Fifth Avenue to Central Park West, 59th Street to 110th Street, Manhattan Brooklyn Botanic Garden Photo Credit: Flickr/flatbushgardener This 52-acre space is one big foliage hot-spot, with paved pathways, themed gardens, specialty plant pavilions and native species as well as varieties from all over the world. We especially love seeing the colors of fall reflected peacefully in the waters of the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden. Find it: 990 Washington Ave., Brooklyn New York Botanical Garden Photo Credit: Flickr/mebphoto This 250-acre nature-lover's destination within Bronx Park is home to 50 different gardens and plant collections set against serene landscapes just waiting to be photographed in the fall. The possibilities seem endless, from the tall pines, firs and spruces in the Arthur and Janet Ross Conifer Arboretum to the 50-acre forest, which lets visitors take a walk through the woodlands that once covered New York City. Explore on your own, or take a tour, included in the All-Garden Pass admission. Find it: 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx By NINA RUGGIERO and RACHEL SENATORE Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Fall bucket list: 12 things to doBecause soon you'll be dressed like the kid in "A Christmas Story." A definitive guide to the best pumpkin spice lattes in ManhattanYour fall will never be the same. When does fall 2014 begin? The autumnal equinox explained10:29 p.m. is not as random as you might think. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.