The sun is shining on a crisp fall morning. You’re sipping a hot pumpkin spiced latté and brushing cider donut crumbs from your fingertips…it’s autumn heaven and there’s only one thing left to do: bring on the leaf-peeping adventures! Cue scarlet, pumpkin, and gold confetti in the form of falling leaves. With about a month to watch it all unfold and so many spots to witness this seasonal magic in Ridgefield, you’ll want to make exploring a habit this October.
The Best Foliage Viewing Spots
The time has come to spend as much time as possible outside in the warm sun complemented by a cool breeze, admiring nature’s fireworks from Ridgefield’s many scenic locales. According to CT Visit’s fall foliage report, peak color for our neck of the woods will be during the last week of October between the 24th and 30th.
That doesn’t mean it won’t be stunning before and after as we transition in and out of the grand finale, and you can stay updated on where and when the leaves are making magic with the state’s wonderful interactive foliage map.
Now, where should you go to best take in the colorful sights? Enjoy our short list of our favorite places to walk and drive among the rustling and falling foliage below, and then explore some of them in depth.
Scenic Fall Views in Ridgefield
Taking a hike or walk in the woods is the perfect way to surround yourself with autumn’s glory. Drive up to Seth Low Pierrepont State Park for a gorgeous hike with stunning views of the foliage reflected in the lake at the beginning and end of the out-and-back trail. Take the kids to Woodcock Nature Center for a low-key walk, and look for woodland creatures and pond life while walking the tree tunnels. And bask in an afternoon picnic on the grounds, or beautiful morning hike along the trails nestled into Weir Farm. The sights are gorgeous any time of day and you might find you want to visit more than once – there’s a reason artists love the grounds so much!