Fall is undoubtedly the most gorgeous season here in Buffalo. From the colorful leaves to the perfect 62 degree temperatures, Buffalo is positively glowing. The only downside to this season is that it only hits Buffalo, NY for about .7 months, and before you know it, it’s snowing again. Which means you have a hot second to get in all of your fall excursions.
Ahh, so many basic fall activities, so little time.
No worries. We’re here to help you start checking off your list, starting with scenic fall hikes. Below we’ve got four spots that are totally worth the drive for the breathtaking views.
1. Letchworth State Park
Good for: Majestic views, waterfall pics, beginner hikers, families
Letchworth is good for a gorgeous hike during anytime of the year, but fall in particular will have you falling in love. Speaking of fall(s), there are 3 waterfalls throughout the park. If you’re a pro, you’ll want to hike them all, but the nice part about Letchworth is that you don’t have to be a regular hiker to enjoy this park. The foliage along the hike is absolutely stunning– you have never seen nature reveal so many colors at once until you’ve been to Letchworth during the autumn!
2. Akron Falls State Park
Good for: Pretty hike with your four-legged friends
This scenic park in Akron is filled with unseen beauty. If you’re looking for a peaceful and relaxing nature hike- suitable for furry friends too– this is the trail for you. Obviously, its trademark is the waterfall, but the trails surrounding it make for a stunning hike. It’s a short and fairly easy stroll, but trust us, the view of the falls against the backdrop of the colorful autumn leaves makes the trip to Akron so worth it.
3. Glen Park
Good for: A chill remote hike close to booze and food
This is a gorgeous park in a spot where you would never expect it; just beyond a gate off of Main Street in Williamsville. Once you step foot into the park, you instantly escape the hustle and bustle of the street scene and find yourself immersed in a series of trails surrounded by colorful autumn trees that travel along Ellicott Creek and of course, a flowing waterfall. Also, Moor Pat is right down the street and makes for the perfect post-hike stop for a brew in the beer garden.
4. Devil’s Hole State Park
Good for: A challenge
If you’re feeling up to a bit of a challenge (and by that, we mean not just your typical leisurely walk) and some real views, keep reading. The Devil’s Hole trail will take you along the beautiful aqua blue waters of the Niagara River and through the actual gorge where you can get a close-up view of the rapids. The autumn colors against the water and stone are breathtaking. By the way, the hike will take you at least a couple of hours, so be prepared for chilly fall winds and whole lot of stairs– rocky ones.
This post was originally published in 2018 and has been updated.