Besides cozy sweaters and warm drinks, one of the best parts of fall is enjoying the gorgeous changing leaf colors in the brightest reds, oranges and yellows.
And this year, it will be easier than ever to tell when the leaves will be changing. I LOVE NY has brought back their annual Fall Foliage Report and released their second report of the season!
The week 3 report for September 28th-October 4th shows color changes at mid point in higher elevations throughout the Adirondacks and Catskills. Areas like Mt. Arab and Tupper Lake are expected to see 55-60% leaf transition and towns such as Hunter and Windham to see up to 70% by the end of the week.
Little color change is predicted for this week in the NYC area with a 15% color change predicted for Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens and 10% expected on the UES. In previous years, NYC has been known to enter peak foliage around week 6 (late October) of I LOVE NY’s fall foliage reports.
The detailed map includes findings from over 85 field observers and reflects expected color conditions for the coming weekends across New York State. Plus, you can see which regions are the perfect places to travel to for a lovely fall getaway.
Within each report, compiled by Empire State Development’s Division of Tourism (I LOVE NY), volunteer leaf-spotters share everything from predominant leaf colors to approximate percentage of change to how much color change has progressed relative to peak conditions in each region of the state.
See what you can expect this season by watching the color progression from last season with the video below:
“Fall is a popular season for New York weekend getaways and last-minute escapes, as the temperatures cool and the trees develop a vibrant and colorful canopy,” Empire State Development Vice President and Executive Director of Tourism Ross D. Levi shared. “I LOVE NY’s fall foliage reports are one of the most popular and engaging tools for residents and visitors alike looking to plan a seasonal trip.
With such a long and diverse season, it’s the perfect time to find what you love and come be a part of all the fall excitement in New York State.
You can check back on this article, and/or get the weekly fall foliage updates sent right to you on their website here. They are sent every Wednesday through the end of the foliage season (typically in the middle of November).