Curious for the best places to see fall foliage this week, the peak of a splendid, flamboyant season? Two of the top 12 spots for Dutchess County are in Red Hook.
River Road between Rhinebeck and the Bard College Campus has made Dutchess Tourism’s list, as has Tivoli Bays Wildlife Management Area and Research Reserve. The Town of Red Hook, at 40 square miles, comprises 4.8 percent of Dutchess County’s 825 square miles, yet takes up nearly 17 percent of the fall foliage recommendations.
River Road, also known as County Route 103, is a 12-mile stretch that runs north-south roughly parallel to Route 9G and is the westernmost route closest to the Hudson River. The Red Hook portion north of Route 199 now has speed bumps and a traffic-calming 30-mile-per-hour speed limit as part of the new Empire State Trail Project. This 750-mile initiative goes through Red Hook and also includes the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Tivoli Bays Trail, Montgomery Street, Broadway and Woods Road in Tivoli.
For a Tivoli Bays trail map, visit: https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/Parks/docs/tmstivolibays.pdf
Dutchess County’s list of top foliage sites also includes:
–Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site in Hyde Park
–Staatsburgh State Historic Site in Hyde Park
–The Taconic State Parkway
–Scenic Hudson’s Long Dock Park in Beacon
–Millbrook Vineyards and Winery
–Ferncliff Forest in Rhinebeck
–DeLaVergne Hill in Amenia
–Silver Mountain Road in North East
–The Appalachain Trail Boardwalk in Pawling
–The Walkway over the Hudson in Poughkeepsie
Dutchess Tourism, Inc. is the officially designated destination marketing organization for Dutchess County.
Photos by Emily Sachar, along River Road north of Route 199