We love autumn for its warm, vibrant beauty, and Mercer County is brimming with top spots to soak it in. For those who love to leaf-peep, we put together our favorite locations to savor the changing leaves, and October is the peak time to view it. So get your flannel on, grab a pumpkin spiced latte and your camera and head over to these spots to fully embrace the beauty of fall. 

 

Baldpate Mountain - Ted Stiles Preserve

28 Fiddlers Creek Road
Titusville, NJ 08560

For this view you’re going to work for it. Baldpate has over 12 miles of hiking when you go through the entire loop, but it’ll bring you to the highest point in Mercer County, which offers a spectacular view of the Delaware River and the changing fall leaves.

Baldpate Mountain - Ted Stiles Preserve 28 Fiddlers Creek Road Titusville, NJ 08560  For this view you’re going to work for it. Baldpate has over 12 miles of hiking when you go through the entire loop, but it’ll bring you to the highest point in Mercer County, which offers a spectacular view of the Delaware River and the changing fall leaves.

 

Billie Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve

30 Mountain Avenue
Princeton, NJ 08540

This preserved land was originally part of King George III’s land grant to William Penn and was eventually purchased by Princeton Township in the early 1980’s. It has two lakes, numerous rocky creeks and mostly flat terrain so it’s a good family-friendly spot. The trails are overflowing with fall leaf goodness here!

Billie Johnson

 

Mercer County Park

334 South Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

You can see fall colors for miles at the park. You can walk around the trails or just pick a spot to sit and enjoy its beauty. A great spot to see the fall leaves is around the lake!

Mercer County Park

 

Princeton University

Nassau Hall
Princeton, NJ 08542

Princeton’s open, park-like campus offers many opportunities to take in the fall foliage. An especially picturesque area is in front of Nassau Hall, right through the entrance at FitzRandolph Gate.Princeton University

 

Washington Crossing State Park

355 Washington Crossing Pennington Road
Titusville, NJ 08560

Enjoy the fall colors along the scenic Delaware Canal, where they contrast beautifully against the water or alongside the historic homes seen throughout the park here.

Washington Crossing State Park

 

Grounds for Sculpture

80 Sculptors Way
Hamilton Township, NJ 08619

Last but not least, a unique approach to leaf-peeping would be to visit Grounds for Sculpture where you can view autumn among the sculptures. It’s especially worth scouting out a lane of red leaf maples or copses of sweet gum trees and Persian parrotias at their most brilliant.  

Grounds for Sculpture