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Posted by Melissa Wickes on October 13, 2016
The most beautiful time of year in upstate New York is undoubtedly the fall. There's no better place to take in the beautiful, vibrant leaves while they're still on the trees and not being raked into a pile. Here are some of the best places around the Binghamton area to enjoy the gorgeous fall foliage and to get the #artsiest Instagram.
Just this week I visited Apple Hills to go apple picking, and I've never seen a view as beautiful as the one from the top of the hill. (And there are still plenty of apples left!) Their famous cafe has outdoor seating, so you can enjoy the bright fall colors while biting into a warm Belgian waffle.
You don't have to go too far to experience beautiful fall foliage in the Binghamton Nature Preserve. While going for a leisurely hike around the lake, take in the panoramic views of each tree dressed in gorgeous fall colors.
Some of the oldest and largest trees in Broome County make for some of the most beautiful foliage around! The IBM Glen is comprised of gorgeous natural stone steps and bridges to take you around the magestic forest.
Appreciate autumn on 466 acres of land at the Aqua-Terra Wilderness Area. The beautiful 6-acre pond is great for fishing and plenty of wildlife sightings. Photo by Broome County Parks.
What better way to enjoy the fall foliage than amongst the babbling sounds of the Ithaca waterfalls at the Gorges! Hike along over 150 waterfalls within 10 square miles of each other, including Cascadilla Gorge, Ludlowville Falls (pictured here) and Lucifer Falls. Photo by Visit Ithaca.
Walking into Watkins Glen State Park is like walking straight into a storybook. There's nothing like the 19-foot waterfalls pouring over 200-foot cliffs, especially when the rocks are covered in colorful autumn leaves. Photo by Thomas Mangan Photography.
Home to the annual Spiedie Fest and Balloon Rally, Otsiningo Park is the perfect place to enjoy remarkable autumn trees. Go for a hike around the park, enjoy the beautiful pond or even play on one of the sports courts. Photo by PressConnects.
Free of charge and open year-round, Salt Springs Park is home to 15 miles of trails, historic farm buildings, camping areas, picnic grounds and a variety of programs and events. It is the perfect place to enjoy 842 acres of beautiful land and vivid foliage in the fall. Photo by Friends of Salt Springs Park.
Right in the heart of downtown Binghamton you'll find the serene oasis known as The Confluence Park. Follow the trails along the Chenango River, cast a line or picnic under the beautiful brightly colored trees. Photo by Christina Rollo.
Nathaniel Cole Park, better known as "The Blake" to students, isn't just for the warm days of summer. With gorgeous views of fall foliage surrounding the lake and a self-guided nature trail, you're sure to get the perfect Instagram. Photo by Jack Stacey.
Melissa Wickes is a senior from East Williston, N.Y., majoring in English--creative writing. She is a member of the a cappella group The Vibes, Alpha Epsilon Phi, and she enjoys exploring new cheeses in her spare time.
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