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Where’s the fall foliage? More color expected in next week across Finger Lakes

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The Empire State Development Division of Tourism’s I LOVE NY program, in its fourth Fall Foliage Report for 2023, indicates that the Adirondacks, The Catskills, Chautauqua-Allegheny, and Greater Niagara regions will experience vibrant, peak fall colors this upcoming weekend.


Volunteer observers report a 45% transition to bright shades of red and yellow in the City of Cortland, Finger Lakes.

In contrast, Rochester is observing a 25-30% change, with predominant shades of yellow, and a few trees showcasing a mix of red-orange and green. Other regions like Steuben County are anticipating a 55% change with dominant shades of yellow, red, and orange leaves.

The pace of foliage transition varies across the state, with Onondaga County’s Green Lakes State Park in Fayetteville expecting up to 70% change and brilliant red and yellow shades.

Meanwhile, areas closer to Lake Ontario, such as Wayne County, are experiencing slower changes, with a 35% transition to average brilliance yellow and orange leaves and pockets of deep red. Yates County and Seneca County are bracing for more muted transitions, expecting 20% and 15% changes, respectively.

As autumn progresses, observers continue to closely monitor these dynamic and breathtaking changes throughout New York.