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 <3 NY brought back their annual Fall Foliage Report and released their eleventh (and final) one of the season.
The detailed map includes findings from field observers and reflect expected color conditions for the coming weekend. Plus, you can see which regions are the perfect places to travel to for a lovely fall getaway.
This is the report from November 17-23, which shows that most of the state is already past peak color changes, but NYC is right at prime time! Colorful peak foliage can now be found throughout Long Island and NYC, while the colorful leaf-changing season is already winding down for the rest of the state. (Peak here is defined as “the best overall appearance the foliage will have during the season, considering color transition, brilliance, and leaf droppage.”) They did note that foliage change has been uneven this season, and even some peak and near-peak areas still contain an abundance of green leaves.
Still, we’re ready for the perfect peak red:
Here’s what leaf spotters in the city have discovered:
- Bronx volunteers reporting from Morris Park are anticipating peak foliage with more than 50% color change and yellow, orange, and green leaves of average brilliance
- In Manhattan, observers on the Upper West Side of Manhattan are predicting peak foliage with 85% color change and bright red leaves
- Spotters in Central Park expect peak foliage with 95% color change and average to bright red, orange, yellow, and green leaves, along with some bare trees
- In Brooklyn, reports from Greenpoint and Williamsburg predict peak foliage with 95% color change and average to bright red, orange, yellow, and green leaves. Some areas are past-peak and there is significant leaf droppage.
In summary, this weekend (11/19-21) is THE time to experience the best foliage across NYC!
You can also get weekly fall foliage updates sent right to you on their website here.