Outdoor Fall Activities in Dutchess County

The crisp Fall air has arrived, the sweaters are getting unpacked and the leaves are starting to change color in Dutchess County. Now is the time to enjoy outdoor fall activities right in our own backyard before the dreaded winter weather makes us go into hibernation mode.

outdoor fall activities in Dutchess County

Pumpkin & Apple Picking

What’s more fun than taking a hay ride out to the pumpkin patch and the apple orchards? Now is peak season for these favorite outdoor fall activities and our local orchards draw crowds from NYC and Westchester!

In addition to pumpkins and apples, Barton Orchards in Poughquag offers a corn maze, petting zoo and musical guests on the weekends.

Fishkill Farms in Hopewell Junction recently achieved organic certification and offers apple picking, pumpkin fields, weekend music, and a cider garden. The orchards are also pet-friendly.

Hiking Local Trails

What better way to appreciate the fall foliage in Dutchess County than to walk among our beautiful trees? Lace up those boots, pack your lunch & explore your favorite hiking trails or discover new trails. Dutchess Tourism has a very extensive list of hiking trails in our county so check out their website.

Walkway Over the Hudson

If you’re not an adventurous hiker type, take a walk over our spectacular Walkway Over the Hudson. This former railroad bridge, which connects Poughkeepsie with Highland, was completed and open to the public in 2009. Since then millions of visitors have enjoyed the views from high above the Hudson River.

These are the outdoor fall activities we love to do. What about you?

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