Central Park is home to nearly 20,000 trees of different varieties including oak, elm, cherry, maple and a host of others. As fall foliage peaks this week in New York City, the leaves of those trees take on rich and vibrant autumnal colors, making Central Park a must visit leaf-peeping destination that you can get to without having to leave New York City. The Central Park Conservancy put out an official map that highlights the most colorful spots in the park. Including suggestions from the the map, and with the addition of some of our favorites, from north to south, here are the top 10 places to see fall foliage in Central Park:
10. The North Woods
Populated by Black Cherry, Pin, Red and Scarlet Oaks, Red Maple and American Elm trees, The North Woods, which stretches from the west side to mid-park from 101st to 110th Street, will be full of shades of red when the leaves turn. The American Elm’s leaves will turn yellow, as will some of the leaves on the Black Cherries and Red Oaks, while the maples, and Pin and Scarlet Oak trees will turn shades of red, russet, bronze and brown. The north woods is one of three woodland areas of the Central Park and is where you will find the Glen Span Arch, the Ravine and Loch.
Check out how the foliage is coming along on our brand new walking tour of Jacob Wrey Mould’s Central Park!