Where to See Finger Lakes Fall Foliage in Ithaca



Where to See Finger Lakes Fall Foliage in Ithaca

Now that fall is upon us, New Yorkers are searching for that perfect fall getaway to celebrate the season's magic. Suppose you are looking for an autumn vacation full of nature hikes, cascading waterfalls, apple picking, wine tasting, and farmers' markets. In that case, we have the perfect escape waiting for you at La Tourelle. Our luxury resort is nestled on 70 acres of land just minutes from hiking trails, wineries, and museums. When you stay with La Tourelle, Finger Lakes fall foliage trails are easily accessible right out your back door. Read on to discover the best places to take in the fall colors around Ithaca on land, water, and even in the air!

5 Finger Lakes Fall Foliage Hiking Spots


  1. Start hiking from La Tourelle and access the trail system at Buttermilk Falls State Park. There are five trails to choose from in the park winding along gorges, through woodlands and lakes. 

  2. We recommend the Cayuga Waterfront Trail if you are looking for a paved and flat route to take the family this fall.

  3. Robert H Treman State Park offers an opportunity for you to hike past twelve waterfalls canopied by trees vibrant with shades of orange, red, and yellow in the fall. 

  4. A visit to Taughannock Falls State Park is a must during autumn. The park is named after Taughannock Falls, the tallest single-drop waterfall east of the Rockies, plunging an impressive 215 feet.

  5. Cornell University in Ithaca has its own Botanic Garden that winds through meadows, bogs, glens, old-growth forests, and wildflower preserves. The autumn season offers stunning views of Finger Lakes fall foliage, ripe produce, and late-blooming flowers. 

Ithaca Fall Foliage Experiences

Want to see Finger Lakes fall foliage from a new perspective? There are several experiences around Ithaca where you can witness vibrant colors without the work of hiking. Discover Cayuga Lake offers a fall foliage eco-cruise where you can see changing colors while learning about the area's history and geology. Or witness the beauty of Cayuga Lake on your own with a road trip around the lake on the Scenic Byway


See the beauty of the Finger Lakes from new heights with Southern Tier Balloon Tours. Embark on a hot air balloon tour and witness spectacular views of Cayuga Lake, surrounded by trees exploding with vibrant foliage. Flights meet at Stewart Park, Cass Park, or Tutelo Park, depending on the wind direction.

A Fall Getaway in the Finger Lakes Region

A trip to Ithaca offers an excellent destination to see the splendor of Finger Lakes fall foliage this season. Choose La Tourelle to host your getaway and take advantage of our on-site amenities and additional experiences. Join us for a complimentary nightly wine reception, or head to The Bistro for a delectable dinner. Then let your worries slip away in our relaxing Finger Lakes accommodations. Join us this fall in the Finger Lakes!