New York State Fall Foliage Reports Began September 12 - Daily Hudson Valley News

New York State Fall Foliage Reports Began September 12

Sep 19th, 2012 | By | Category: General Interest

New York State’s Official Fall Foliage Color Reports Began September 12

New York State Has More Leaves Than Anyone Else!

Okay, while we cannot say with absolute certainty that New York State has more leaves than anyone else, we can say that we believe New York’s foliage bounty and beauty make it the most desirable autumn travel destination for “Leaf Peepers” nationwide. And it is a fact that New York State has almost as many acres of broad-leaved trees (which help give the region’s foliage a spectacular color range) as the rest of the Northeast combined. The change in colors, from the greens of summer to the brilliant reds, oranges and yellows of fall, draws thousands of leaf lovers to the state’s roadways and waterways, hiking and biking trails, small towns, scenic vistas, country fairs and harvest festivals every year.

With its start on Wednesday, September 12 I LOVE NEW YORK’s Fall Foliage Color Report is distributed weekly and continues until the end of the foliage season in early November. Each Wednesday throughout the season, reports are posted on ensuring visitors can get the latest information on foliage conditions in each region.

When the leaves hit their peak, there’s nothing better than a drive in the country. New York’s mountainsides are a fiery display set against crystalline blue skies and are the perfect backdrop for an array of fun activities, including seasonal festivals celebrating everything from apples to garlic, farm stands with the freshest fruits and vegetables, and great theater and music.  Whether you prefer discovering antique treasures or getting lost in a corn maze while you eat your warm cider donuts – it’s up to you.

In the Hudson Valley take in the breathtaking landscapes — by bike or car– that inspired a generation of artists, and then indulge in the culinary delights at one of the region’s renowned restaurants. An idyllic mix of waterfalls, enchanting mountains, lush forests and sparkling streams await you in the Catskills and beyond. Visit for a full calendar of events, and places to eat, stay, and play.

New York State’s vast area means you can enjoy peak conditions several times during the season in different parts of the state. The change in color from the bright greens of summer to the brilliant hues of fall follows a predictable pattern: It began high in the Adirondack and Catskill mountains in late August and early September, and spreads out and down across the hills and valleys of the state, ending on Long Island and in New York City in early November. It takes about two weeks for the colors to complete their cycles in any given area, with peak brilliance lasting three to four days in any one spot.

The foliage report includes a detailed map charting fall color progress, vantage points for viewing spectacular foliage and weekly event listings so you can plan your visit. For highlights of the foliage report dial toll-free, 1-800-CALL-NYS (1-800-225-5697) from anywhere in the US, its territories and Canada.

Foliage Means Business for New York State:

The spectacular colors of a New York State autumn mean more than just pretty scenery to those in New York State’s $53 billion travel and tourism industry. The fall foliage season means big business; it’s one of the state’s most popular travel seasons and accounts for about 25 percent of all New York State travel. This so-called “shoulder season” has become a favorite time for weekend getaways and week-long vacations, as well as the traditional drive to the country to view nature’s colorful display.


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