4 Beautiful Places to Photograph Fall Foliage in Central Park

Most people assume that you need to get out of the city to capture amazing Fall foliage, but the reality is that you can have an adventure right in your backyard, or in this case, in Central Park! Don’t get me wrong, I’m a sucker for a trip into the woods to hike, ski, or just get some space, but being “outdoorsy” doesn’t require you to do anything except get outside. So, this past weekend, I explored Central Park to stake out some of the best spots to capture the changing seasons right in the city. Thanks to Sierra, I was able to lace up comfy boots and stay warm for what ended up being several hours outdoors. Sierra has the apparel, footwear, and gear you need to get active and outside, regardless of what your plans are for the day! If you’re not familiar, Sierra has top active and outdoor brands at awesome prices everyday (20%-60% less than department and specialty stores!!!). See below for a few of the photo locations you have to check out on your next adventure in NYC.

The view at the far end of the Gapstow Bridge (toward the center of the park)

GAPSTOW BRIDGE

This beautiful stone bridge, found at 62nd street in Central Park, offers one of the best views of the New York City skyline. Constructed in 1896, this bridge is a beautiful reprieve from the hustle and bustle any time of year – it looks especially pretty covered in a fresh dusting of snow!

The view at the top of the rock staircase overlooking Wollman Rink

ROCK STAIRCASE NEAR WOLLMAN RINK

On your way up to the famous rock lookout near Wollman Rink, you find this winding rocks staircase that is one of the cutest pathways in the whole park. If you’re around for sunset, you can see the lights that line the stairs turn on and make it even more iconic. 

Looking into Bethesda Terrace with the fountain at your back

BETHESDA TERRACE

At the North End of the Mall in Central Park you will find the very popular, Bethesda Terrace. Come her at golden hour, and you’re sure to run into more than a few engagement shoots, but that shouldn’t deter you from a visit. You can often find performers playing music, and at the right time, the tiles on the ceiling are perfectly lit for that epic shot. 

Perhaps the most photographed bridge in the park, Bow Bridge spans across Central Park Lake, and connects Cherry Hill and the Ramble around 74th street. Getting a photo without bystanders is going to be a feat, so either get their first thing in the morning, or exercise a lot of patience. 

Thanks to Sierra for sponsoring this post, and outfitting me with the best gear to get around Central Park this time of year. Can’t wait to take these pieces on other outdoor adventures with me later this season!

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