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Finger Lakes fall foliage season concludes with few ‘peak’ spots left

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The final week of New York’s fall foliage brings the season to a close with vibrant colors expected in select areas of the Finger Lakes and Hudson Valley, as well as New York City and Long Island.

Livingston County in the Finger Lakes region is experiencing 75% foliage change, showcasing bright yellow and orange leaves with red accents, despite some leaf drop. Syracuse in Onondaga County is also set to hit peak conditions, with an anticipated 90% change displaying mostly yellow and mustard tones with touches of red.

Monroe County, including Rochester, is moving past its peak, but visitors can still enjoy the remaining hues of yellow, orange, red, and brown, particularly along Lake Ontario.

In contrast, Auburn in Cayuga County and Elmira in Chemung County will witness past-peak foliage, with the leaves nearly or completely transitioned to late-season colors and significant leaf fall.

As the season wraps up, many areas in the Finger Lakes region are transitioning to past-peak. In Cortland County, Cortland is set for 85% foliage change with notable reds and oranges remaining. Both Ithaca and Trumansburg in Tompkins County, as well as Lyons in Wayne County, approach complete color transition with muted colors dominating the landscape.

Penn Yan in Yates County rounds out the region with an 80% change, marking the end of the foliage season and the beginning of the preparations for the upcoming winter months.