Fall colors are more incredible when there's a canopy of trees surrounding you, so the goal for this ride is to get off 9W when possible and get immersed in nature.
We'll go up 9W initially, then cross a foot bridge and go to State Line Lookout (see videos). We'll then continue north through Columbia's Lamont Campus and go into Tallman Mountain State Park (see videos) where we'll take mostly gravel trails to Piermont. We'll then go the standard route through Piermont to Runcible Spoon in Nyack where we'll grab a bite to eat.
Heading south we'll get on the (gravel) Esposito Nature Trail (aka The Old Erie Rail Trail) in Nyack and take it through Piermont to Sparkill (see videos). We'll then head south on Piermont Avenue and go up the hill via a route you probably haven't taken before that it goes past some incredible homes (see video – the route includes some short gravel sections). We'll come out on 9W at the Alpine entrance to the park, and then take River Road south to the GW Bridge.
If you want to see the route mapped out you can see it on Strava.
I did a longer version of this ride on the 23rd and trees were just starting to turn, so by the 3rd there should be at least sections that are in full fall color.
For those who are worried about the gravel bits… Most of the gravel sections are hard packed and pretty smooth though there are some short sections that are a bit rough. The fatter your tires the more you'll enjoy those parts, but it is completely doable on skinny (25mm) tires – you'll just need to slow down a bit and pay close attention to the trail surface.
The ride may be changed based on NY's fall foliage report that comes out on the Wednesday or Thursday before the ride. And the ride will be canceled (or the start time adjusted) if rain is expected or the the temperatures are in the 30s or in the low 40s with with strong winds.