Autumn Colors in Upstate New York

October is one of the most perfect times of the year to visit upstate New York. If you’re in NYC, it’s a short train ride up from Grand Central Station, and a mere hour by car, to get to Croton Harmon and the Sleepy Hollow area.

From there on out, you are able to take some of the most breathtaking walks around Rockefeller State Park Preserves.

I went with a number of friends on Halloween 2010, and had a beautiful time walking around. Things that will definitely capture you are the crystal waters of the lake, as well as PINK leaves.

So if you’re in NYC, looking for something fun and different to do, why not go for a walk upstate?

Of course, given the current political scenario of Congress being in limbo, a fact which has closed down all of the state parks for the time being, means you may have to wait a bit, but I promise you that this little paradise is worth it.

From the park’s site about its illustrious history:

In 1886, William Rockefeller bought the 200-acre estate and castle, Rockwood, from the heirs of William Henry Aspinwall. Seven years later, John D. Rockefeller bought land in 1893 at Pocantico Hills.

Since 1983, over 1,000 acres of their estate at Pocantico Hills have been deeded to the State of New York. Laurance S. Rockefeller donated the property to New York State in 1999, as part of the Rockefeller State Park Preserve.


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