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 starts to appear, 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 leaving New York City. The Central Park Conservancy has an official map that highlights the most colorful spots in the park, along with an interactive map that tracks foliage status. Some areas have already reached peak foliage! Including suggestions from the Conservancy’s 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 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.
Stretching from the west side to mid-park from 101st to 110th Street, the North Woods is one of three woodland areas in Central Park. The two other woodland areas are the Ramble and Hallett Nature Sanctuary. As you stroll beneath the colorful branches of the North Woods, you can see other attractions such as the Glen Span Arch, the Ravine, and Loch.