6. The Reservoir

The skyline of New York City set against deeply rich fall foliage along the Reservoir.
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The Central Park Reservoir, which was built as a temporary water supply in the 1860s, is one of the best places to see fall foliage. The Kwanzan Cherry trees that line the west side turn bronze and red in the fall while the Yoshino Cherry trees that line the east side change to yellow. The cherry trees found along the reservoir were gifts from Japan, sent over in 1912. Trees included in this special delivery were dispereed throughout the city, including areas like Riverside Park.

In the fall, the cherry trees in Central Park provide a lovely sight to see as you run or walk the 1.58-mile track that loops around the Reservoir. The Reservoir is forty feet deep and nearly spans the entire width of the park from 85th Street to 96th Street.