The Best Ways to Experience Fall Foliage Season in Ridgefield


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

CT Fall Foliage map Ridgefield CTThe 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!

Seth Low Pierrepont State Park @theoandsam
Weir Farm @thepapertyger

Never underestimate the beauty of a country drive. Wind along Ridgebury Road and its offshoots to experience the epitome of bucolic Ridgefield. And take a spin on Florida Hill or Ivy Hill to be enveloped in the charm of quaint New England. Drive slowly, let others pass, and enjoy a little escape in your own town! When you’re ready for a little pick-me-up, let your local travels take you down Historic Main Street lined with golden maples, before you come to the downtown area for yet another beautiful respite.

Ridgebury Road in Ridgefield @byalexandrabarnes

While You’re Here… Enjoy an Afternoon Around Town

Ridgefield loves to celebrate the season, and why shouldn’t it when it wears it so well! The downtown area is bustling at this time of year… the shops, venues, and streets all bursting with autumn excitement. You’ll want to partake in the festivities at town’s beloved annual event, Fall in Love with Ridgefield, and the Keeler Tavern Museum shares their love of Ridgefield’s past with their yearly #HandsOnHistory exhibit.

The town’s ever blossoming arts and culture scene will keep you busy learning, exploring, and being entertained with their wide variety of shows, performances, and exhibits. You’ll no doubt want to indulge your palate with the flavors of the season while getting in the last of (and maybe the best season for) a little al fresco dining – or a stroll with the PSL!

Keeler Tavern Museum
Main Street in Ridgefield @goingawaywithgandj

It won’t be hard to find October’s favorite latté in town at this time of year, so be sure to head to Ross Bread, Queen B Coffee Company, Botanika Cafe, or Tazza for our favorite handcrafted cup of joe – and a seasonal sweet treat! They each offer outdoor seating so you’ll find the perfect spot to rest your bones before or after your leaf-peeing adventures.

When your fall tours leave you hankering for something more substantial, find a cozy dining spot for lunch or dinner – and take a peek the scrumptious fall menus before you decide. View our Restaurant Directory

Pumpkin Spice Latte @tazza_cafe_official
Brick House Wood Fired Pizza Kitchen & Bar @brickhousejfct

Outfit Yourself and Your Home for the Season

As the weather slowly turns and you find it’s warm in the sun but cool in the shade, it’s the perfect time to pick up some fresh fall wardrobe staples. Pop into the ever classic J. McLaughlin for pieces that will stand the test of time (and pick up something for him, too!) and check out ChouChou for chic items from tops to dresses that will carry you through all your fall adventures. Let Whim be your go-to for trendy statement pieces and accessories for women and sophisticated fashion-forward teens. And lest we forget nancy O, the place to get ready for sweater weather! Pick up a one-of-a-kind find – or knit your own.


You’re not the only one who could use a new look this season! Outfit your home for the season with seasonal wares from Bella Home, including scented candles, elegantly themed entertaining pieces, and cozy throws. Unique finds for a gorgeous fall tablescape and sophisticated home await at Olley Court, and The Loft at Bissell is always ready to provide seasonally appropriate table settings, décor and gifts. Make your last and absolutely necessary stop Rodier Flowers, where you can pick up a gorgeous arrangement for your table, entry, and every celebration – the cherry on top of any room refresh.

Be sure to check out our Shopping Directory to discover even more wonderful shops, seasonal gems, and ways to enhance the season.


Happy foliage season & let the leaf-peeping begin!

Ridgefield ChamberThank you to our partner, the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce, for supporting the Ridgefield community! To learn more about the Chamber, their Restaurant Association, and the benefits of membership, visit their website.