New York’s official fall foliage map is here!

September 9, 2021

Image courtesy of I LOVE NY

Have you been dreaming of pumpkin spice and chunky sweaters all summer long? Well, autumnal bliss is upon us, with the first signs of colorful fall foliage already appearing in upstate New York. To help you keep tabs on peak foliage in your area, the state has released its annual Fall Foliage Report, an interactive map that is updated weekly using on-the-ground observations and reports from a state-wide network of volunteers.

As we explained last year, I LOVE NY, the state’s tourism agency, puts together an annual group of volunteers known as “leaf peepers” who submit weekly reports on the status of foliage in their given areas. This is then used to update the map from the second week of September through early November.

Volunteers submit their reports on Wednesdays in order to reflect expected color conditions for the coming weekends. The state asks them to provide “the location of your reporting, the percentage of leaves you expect to be changed by the coming weekend, the expected colors visitors will see, the overall brilliance of the leaves, and the stage of the season (no change, just changing, near peak, peak, and past peak).”

As of today, the first signs of foliage have appeared in the Adirondacks and Catskills regions. New York City typically peaks in mid-October. Explore the full map here >>


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