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Fall foliage near peak across the Finger Lakes region

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According to the latest 2023 I LOVE NY Fall Foliage Report, the Finger Lakes region is showcasing vibrant fall colors, with most areas nearing their peak foliage conditions.

Observers in Ontario County’s Naples report close to peak conditions with roughly 70% color transformation, displaying a mix of red, yellow, and green hues. Similarly, Cayuga County’s Auburn anticipates more than 75-80% foliage change, showcasing a blend of muted to vivid shades of yellow, orange, and red.

Special mentions include the views from Harris Hill and Tanglewood Nature Center in Chemung County’s Elmira, which stand out with their 70% leaf transition, spanning from yellow and orange to red at all altitudes.

Contrastingly, Rushville predicts a modest 20% color shift, presenting hints of orange and yellow amongst predominantly green leaves. Other notable predictions include Tompkins County’s Ithaca and Trumansburg, expecting near-peak foliage with a 65% color shift, displaying bright reds amidst burnt orange, yellow, and quickly fading green leaves.

Despite the minor leaf drop due to recent wind and rain, especially in Schuyler County’s Watkins Glen and Hector areas, the foliage views remain spectacular, particularly on the hill and alongside Seneca Lake.