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Best Fall Foliage Activities in Southern CT

Here in New England, mourning the passage of summer is made a lot easier by the fact that fall in our neck of the woods—literally our neck of the woods—is as spectacular as anywhere in the world.

That, of course, is on account of our absolutely superlative fall colors, the vibrancy and diversity of which in the northeastern United States and adjacent Canada are unexcelled. With a guest room or suite at one of our Hotel Zero Degrees locations in Fairfield County, Connecticut, you’re auspiciously positioned to enjoy some world-class local “leaf-peeping.”

Fall foliage in our corner of Connecticut up against Long Island Sound tends to peak between late October and early November, so you’ve still got plenty of time to make plans and lock down your accommodations with Hotel Zero Degrees. Certainly the timing and extent of the autumn spectacle varies from season to season; you can keep track of up-to-date color reports for 2019 right here.

To help you plan, let’s run through some of the best spots (and ways) to appreciate all the goldens, bronzes, crimsons, burgundies, and other eye-catching colors our Gold Coast hardwoods—maples, cherries, hickories, and more—will be wearing in the coming months during a stay at one of our boutique hotels in Stamford, Norwalk, or Danbury!

Devil’s Den Preserve

Easily one of the crown jewels of our region, the Nature Conservancy’s Devil’s Den—technically speaking the Lucius Pond Ordway/Devil’s Den Preserve—is a fantastic place to eyeball fall foliage with its extensive forests. At nearly 1,800 acres, this is the biggest swath of protected natural landscape in Fairfield County.

Sherwood Island State Park

The very first state park established in Connecticut, Sherwood Island provides some leaf-peeping opportunities right at the doorstep of Long Island Sound. Besides the multihued leafage, you’ll have much other natural and human history to dig into in this roughly 240-acre park.

Ward Pound Ridge Reservation (New York)

This sprawling preserve a stone’s throw over the New York border encompasses more than 4,000 acres and offers miles of hiking trails providing up-close looks at seasonally fired canopies and shrubbery.

Take a Scenic Drive

Reaching any of the above leaf-peeping destinations (and others, such as Collis P. Huntington State Park and Saugatuck Falls Natural Area) will take you through some colorful countryside, as will just about any extended route from one of our Hotel Zero Degrees locations that incorporates some rural scenery.

Join us this fall for the magnificent natural show and enjoy our unbeatable boutique hospitality as you do so!