Port Jefferson offers many great drives for residents and visitors alike to experience beautiful landscapes speckled with the deep earthy tones of the season.
According to the New York State tourism webpage, Oct 27 to Nov 2 is prime time to see the leaves changing all across Long Island.
So if you want to enjoy the local color from your car we have five drives to enjoy the scenery.
Start out west of Port Jefferson Village on Route 25A just east of Setauket. Route 25A winds it's way into town affording views of the trees all along the road.
Old Post Road West and California Avenue.
Once you enter town head up passed the school to Old Post Road. You can get pretty lost on all the side streets around there where the trees line the sides of the residential neighborhoods enveloping the roadway with color. Make your way all the way to Gnarled Hollow Road or California Avenue to loop back onto 25A and make your way east again toward town for a second look at Route 25A.
Pass through town and up the East Broadway hill turn left onto Cliff Road. Take Cliff Road all through Belle Terre where the trees literally bend and over the streets. You can explore some of the side roads but Cliff Road has enough of a view of the fall colors. When you get to the roundabout come back and do the ride in reverse.
Old Post Road to Crystal Brook Hollow Road.
After Belle Terre head east on East Broadway until you get to Old Post Road East and follow it to the end. Make a left on Crystal Brook Hollow Road and follow it all the way to Harbor Hills. Along the way are narrow roads, plenty of overhanging branches and a great view of the water with a place to pull over the take in the scenery.
Sheep Pasture Road and North Country Road.
Double back from Harbor Hills until you get to Myrtle Avenue and take it to Main Street. Head south until you hit the top of the hill. Here you have a couple of choices. You can make a right and take Sheep Pasture Road until you hit Old Town Road enjoying the view. Stop at on the railroad trestle if you can. Or you can make a left off of Main Street and take North Country Road toward Mount Sinai. Once you pass Mather Hospital the tress encroach on the road making a nice scenic drive on a beautiful North Shore roadway.
Do you have a favorite fall foliage drive in Port Jefferson? Tell us in the comments.