Best Biking, Hiking Trails to be Immersed in Fall Foliage

Savor Connecticut’s foliage splendor on the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

by Karen Rubin

Ahhh, it’s fall. The leaves are turning crimson and gold, the air is picking up that crisp chill, and I am thinking of biking. This is the best season of the year to find a bike trail through the woods. Here are some of my favorite biking and hiking trails  that put you right in the midst of the spectacular kaleidoscope of fall foliage:

New York State

Biking on the Erie Canalway © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The Erie Canalway Trail runs an astonishing 365 miles, from Buffalo in the west to Albany in the east, linking other cities of Rochester, Syracuse, Rome, Utica, and Schenectady. Along the way, you can ride (or walk) the towpath (about 75% of the trail complete with just a few gaps remaining).  The trail is mostly level, although portions through the Mohawk River Valley are a little bit steeper.  The surface is mostly gravel so you need a hybrid or mountain bike, not a road bike There is actually so much to do along the Erie Canalway, because you go into these charming towns (www.eriecanalway.org/explore_things-to-do_erie-canal-trail.htm; www.traillink.com/trail/erie-canalway-national-heritage-corridor.aspx)

Biking along the Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway, just outside of Albany, part of New York’s Erie Canalway Trail © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

One segment in particular is easily accessible and provides excellent views: the Erie Canalway Trail: Little Falls to Albany (Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway) is 39 miles with a surface that is asphalt, crushed stone and gravel (you need a hybrid or mountain bike, not a road bike). You can also ride along the Hudson River, from Troy into downtown Albany.

Other trail segments of the Erie Canalway Trail include:

Erie Canalway Trail: Buffalo to Tonawanda (Riverwalk)

Erie Canalway Trail: Tonawanda to Newark (Erie Canal Heritage Trail),114 miles

Erie Canalway Trail: Port Byron to Utica (Old Erie Canal State Park), 36 miles

There’s actually a nonprofit group, Parks & Trails New York, that organizes a bike trip that covers the full trail. The next is July 13-20, 2014 for the 16th annual 8-day, 400-mile, Cycling the Erie Canal bike tour (ptny.org).

The Harlem Valley Rail Trail is a magnificent scenic ride through rolling farm fields and dense woods on the bed of the New York and Harlem Railroad that ran from New York City to Chatham, New York. The rail-trail has been built in segments, and there is still work to be done to open all 46 miles of the planned trail. For now you can take in two segments, which total nearly 15 miles.

The southern end of the trail begins at the Metro North Railroad Station in Wassaic, New York. It is possible, during non-rush hours and on weekends, to board a Metro North train in Grand Central Station and in a little more than two hours be peddling or walking along this rail-trail. As the trail points north for nearly 11 miles to Millerton, it passes through a pastoral scene.

Farmland stretches before and around you, followed by red-cedar scrubland and beaver ponds. In Amenia, the trailhead parking lot is on the site of the former Barton House, a large hotel that was frequented by business people and vacationers traveling from New York City.

Swoon at the pastoral scene from the heights of the Hudson Valley Rail Trail just two hours away © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

In several stretches, north of Route 61, the trail is at a higher elevation on a steep embankment in some places dropping 50 feet giving you this amazing view of the surrounding farmland. Indian Mountain, straddling the border of New York and Connecticut, is to the east.

The first section of the rail-trail ends in Millerton  where there are two train stations restored to how they appeared when they were built in 1851 and 1912 that flank the trail. A third station, once used for freight, stands nearby. There are charming shops and eateries here.

To reach the Wassaic trailhead: From I-84 or I-684, take State Route 22 north at Brewster. Continue north on Route 22 to the Wassaic Station of the Metro North Railroad. The station is on the right side of the road (www.traillink.com/trail/harlem-valley-rail-trail.aspx)

Walkway Over The Hudson: At 212 feet high above the Hudson River and 1.28 miles long, this is the longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world. The bridge deck provides spectacular views both upstream and down.

Built in 1888 to link New York and New England to the coal beds of Pennsylvania and the West, the steel-truss Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge was the longest bridge in the world for a spell, stretching 6,767 feet (approximately 1.28 miles) over the Hudson River. A 1974 blaze, blamed on sparks from a passing train, damaged only 700 feet of the span’s wooden decking. Repair, however, was too pricey for the bankrupt railroad company that owned the structure, and tearing it down would have been far more expensive. Instead they permanently halted railroad operations over it.

Walkway Over the Hudson will eventually be a linchpin in a 27-mile corridor of rail-trails and riverfront parks already built or planned in Ulster and Dutchess counties.

Presently, you ride over the bridge onto the Hudson Valley Rail Trail. This flat, paved marvelous trail stretches a little more than 2 miles through hardwood forests, over Black Creek and under two spectacular stone-arch bridges, stretching between the towns of Highland and Lloyd on the former right-of-way of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad.

In Poughkeepsie, the Dutchess Rail Trail Park will eventually connect to the Walkway Over the Hudson bridge at Parker Avenue. The Dutchess Rail Trail will eventually be a 12 mile multi-use linear county “park” that will run through the middle of the County along the former Maybrook Rail corridor including the towns of Poughkeepsie, LaGrange, Wappinger and East Fishkill. Two sections of the Dutchess Rail Trail are open: The first is 8 miles starting at Hopewell Depot and ending at Old Manchester Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie. Phase II is a 2.4 mile section that stretches from Morgan Lake to Overocker Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie

To reach the trailhead in Poughkeepsie from I-84, take the Taconic State Parkway north. Exit on State Route 55 west toward Poughkeepsie. Turn right onto Garden Street. Turn left onto Parker Avenue. Parking for the walkway is on the right.

Bethpage State Park, Long Island © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Long Island: Near at hand is one of the most pleasant bike rides: the Bethpage Bikeway, a 12.5 mile section from Bethpage State Park to Sunrise Highway, then you can cross Sunrise Highway and take another trail south to Merrick Road, then ride about 1 1/2 miles on Merrick Road (not pleasant) to Cedar Creek Park for a six-mile paved path that goes along Wantagh Parkway to Jones Beach. From there, in the fall, you can ride through the parking lot to the Jones Beach boardwalk. The section between Sunrise Highway and Bethpage State Park is particularly beautiful, going by swan-filled ponds and streams. Once you get to Bethpage State Park, if you go on a Sunday, see if there is a polo match underway on the Polo grounds (through October).

Connecticut

Connecticut’s foliage splendor is on view on the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Our favorite, easy to reach ride in Connecticut is the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail, offering a glorious and scenic 27 miles of paved off-road trail, but when completed, the multi-use linear park will stretch more than 80 miles from New Haven to Northhampton, Massachusetts.

The trail follows the corridor of the defunct Farmington Canal, New England’s onetime longest canal. Completed in 1835, the waterway stretched 87 miles from New Haven to Northampton, boasting 28 locks and three aqueducts. Traces of the canal remain throughout the Farmington Valley. Most notable is Lock 12, a trailside museum in Cheshire that centers on the restored lock.

You can begin the southern section of the trail right at the Yale University Campus, New Haven, at the Malone Engineering Building.

The Hamden to Cheshire section is completed and extends 15.1 miles, ending at Cornwall Avenue. Woods soon line the asphalt path, and you’ll cross bridge after bridge over a meandering stream. To learn about the corridor’s canal and railroad roots, pause to read trailside historical markers and watch for the old brick depot and adjacent freight house just past the second parking area. Approaching Cheshire, you’ll reach the aforementioned Lock 12 and keeper’s house, now a historical park. Here you’ll find trailhead parking, picnic tables, toilets and drinking fountain.

The Southington section meets the Cheshire section and continues north 4 miles, with parking at both Center Street and Mill Street. The trail ends at the 25-mile mark near Hart and Curtiss Streets. From an inviting trailhead parking area on West Main Street in downtown Southington, this asphalt trail bridges the Quinnipiac River and passes through the heart of a restored mill section starting at Center Street. From here, turn right on Center Street to check out the downtown eateries, or continue north to the trail’s end (www.traillink.com/trail/farmington-canal-heritage-trail-.aspx)

New Jersey

You can enjoy history as well as nature riding on New Jersey’s Delaware & Raritan Canal © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The Delaware & Raritan Canal stretches 70 miles and offers some of the most magnificent scenery and vistas that make you think you have stepped back 150 years. You can rent canoes and kayaks, and also bike (or walk) on the historic towpath along the main canal from Bakers Basin Road (Trenton) to New Brunswick, on a trail of crushed stone (not paved asphalt, so you need a hybrid or mountain bike, not a road bike). Our favorite section is from just outside Princeton University, going north to New Brunswick.

Along the canal you will come upon wooden bridges and 19th century bridge tender houses, remnants of locks, cobblestone spillways and hand-built stone-arched culverts, The upper portion of the feeder canal follows the Delaware River through historic New Jersey towns such as Frenchtown, Stockton and Lambertville. The main canal passes the Port Mercer bridge tender’s house, through the charming villages of Kingston and Griggstown to Blackwells Mills, ending up in New Brunswick. You can rent canoes and kayaks at Griggstown and Princeton. You might even see the Princeton crew team.

This linear park is also a wildlife corridor connecting fields and forests. A recent bird survey conducted in the park revealed 160 species of birds, almost 90 of which nested in the park.

An excellent source to find out about biking trails and plan your trip comes from the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, www.traillink.com, 202-331-9696.

Massachusetts

The Ashuwillticook Rail Trail in the Berkshires of Massachusetts is a stunning trail for biking and walking © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The Berkshires are stunning in fall, and are also a cultural and historic mecca. When in the Berkshires, I always do the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail, an 11 mile rail trail that goes from Adams, Massachusetts south roughly following along Route 8 to Lanesboro, Massachusetts. The trail goes through the Hoosic River Valley between the Hoosac Range and Mt. Greylock and offers pleasant water views along the way. The Ashuwillticook Rail Trail is completely paved and has ample access points and a few restrooms along the route. We love to stop in Adams, a charming town, for lunch (www.railstotrails.us/ma_ashuwillticook_rail_trail.htm).

Then, not far away, just outside of Great Barrington, is one of the most splendid hiking trails – one that has attracted the literary giants who gravitated to The Berkshires: Monument Mountain, which offers views of the southern Berkshires and the broad Housatonic River Valley from the summit. For two centuries, this imposing natural feature has attracted artists and writers, hikers and nature lovers. Each year, more than 20,000 visitors explore Squaw Peak.

The mountain is also notable for its geology: the mountain is composed predominantly of pale quartzite, rising abruptly above the Housatonic wetlands and river valley.

Ascend the 1642-foot summit of Squaw Peak on Monument Mountain, in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, for a stunning view © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

During the course of the hike, you ascend 720-feet in elevation, to the 1642 foot summit of Squaw Peak, where you can revel in views as far north as Mount Greylock and in the west, the Catskills of New York, with the Housatonic River Valley below.

There are three sections: the 1.51-mile Indian Monument Trail takes you past more than 300 years of history – the remains of ancient Native American trails, stone walls of former sheep pastures, woods roads, cart paths that brought hemlock bark to tanneries, hearths of charcoal makers, horse-and-carriage pleasure roads, recreational foot paths, and roads traveled by Ford Model T’s; the 0.83-mile Hickey Trail, leaving right (north) from the parking lot, is the most direct route – and strenuous – approach (or you can do it on the descent); and the ultimate, the 0.62-mile Squaw Peak Trail to the summit for both the Indian Monument and Hickey trails, offering the best views as a reward for scrambling over massive boulders and is where you really feel like you have accomplished something. Give yourself 2 hours.

The Shining Sea Trail, named for the song written by Katherine Lee Bates who grew up in Falmouth, takes you by the seacoast of Cape Cod © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Another favorite area for biking is Cape Cod where there are miles and miles of dedicated trails: Cape Cod Rail Trail, Cape Cod Canal (on both sides of the canal), and the Shining Sea trails are breathtaking in any season.

Rhode Island

Rhode Island’s best-known rail-trail, the East Bay Bicycle Path, is a 14-mile paved path that hugs the shores of Narragansett Bay, from Bristol in the south and north to India Point Park in Providence. Along the path is a marvelous nature center. The woods and water views are marvelous, and the added benefit is that you can enjoy Providence (www.traillink.com/trail/east-bay-bike-path.aspx).

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Experience the Best of Fall Foliage in New York State During Holiday Weekend

Bethpage State Park, Long Island, in fall © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The long Columbus Day weekend coincides with the peaking of fall foliage in many parts of  New York State, which can be enjoyed by visiting a state park or local event and experience the vibrant fall foliage colors throughout New York State.

Fall colors will be at their peak this weekend in Chautauqua-Allegheny, Central New York, and Capital-Saratoga regions, with additional areas of peak color emerging in the Catskills and Finger Lakes regions.

As one of the nation’s top agricultural states, New York is also replete with harvest celebrations for everything from apples to pumpkins, including wine festivals complete with grape stomping. Even when there’s no official festival on tap, it’s easy to find pick-your-own fruit orchards and pumpkin fields, many with petting zoos, whimsical corn mazes, hayrides and crafts, while food and wine lovers can follow regional wine, beer and cheese trails and enjoy farm-to-table dining by local chefs who style the seasonal harvest in creative recipes.

Don’t want to drive? Take advantage of six fall-themed getaways by riding the MTA trains:

· LIRR to Montauk Chowder Contest | Oct. 12-13
· Metro-North to NYS Sheep & Wool Fest | Oct. 20
· LIRR to Oyster Festival | Oct. 19-20
· LIRR to Port Jefferson Harvest Fest | Oct. 27
· Metro-North to Dutchess Harvest Weekends
· Metro-North to Walkway Over the Hudson

Discover the natural beauty at the tip of Long Island with the Long Island Rail Road’s Montauk Village Package. This weekend is Montauk’s Famous Clam Chowder Tasting Contest, where you’ll enjoy clam and oyster shucking, beer and wine tasting, great food, live music, farmer’s market, kids rides, carousel, famous crab races. A short taxi ride from the LIRR, a walk through Montauk Village lets you experience the unique shops, restaurants, parks, trails, beaches, golf and fishing – it’s like being in paradise! Montauk’s laid back atmosphere will have you coming back time and time again. For more information on the contest, call 631-668-2428. For more information on getting there, visit http://www.mta.info/lirr and click on “Deals & Getaways” at the bottom of the page.

The New York State Sheep and Wool Family Festival on Sunday, October 20, draws thousands of visitors to the lovely village of Rhinebeck. And there’s more here than sheep, llamas, alpacas, and their luscious fibers. Take Metro-North’s One-Day Getaway to see 300 fiber artists and crafts galore, amazing sheepherding demonstrations and sheepdog trials, great food and music, a petting zoo, hay maze, and other children’s activities, plus the ever-popular Punkin’ Chuckin’ competition. For all the details, visit http://www.sheepandwool.com or call 845-876-4000. For details on the Metro-North travel package, visit http://www.mta.info/mnr and click on “Deals & Getaways” on the right side of the page.

Long Island’s largest street/waterfront fair, the Oyster Festival in Oyster Bay, is coming up October 19 & 20. It has an abundance of oysters and seafood, the oyster eating contests are legendary, and there are 23 food vendors available to satisfy any craving. Visit the 150 arts and crafts booths, enjoy the musical performances, and explore the tall ships and other waterfront exhibits. The LIRR makes it easy to get to the festival with a package that includes discounted round-trip rail to/from Oyster Bay Station, vouchers for three free oysters on the half-shell for the adults and free admission to the Slide for the children. Shuttle buses will also be available from the Syosset Station, making the event accessible from the east on the Port Jefferson Branch.

Port Jefferson on Long Island is a picturesque, harbor front community where you can enjoy fine or casual dining and unique shops with discounted LIRR fare. The 3rd Annual Harvest Festival is coming up this October 27! It will include a scarecrow walk on East Main Street, a chowder tasting contest, pumpkin decorating, crafts, wood carvers, pet parade at 2:00pm and more. The LIRR package includes discounted round-trip rail to/from Port Jefferson Station, two Lindy’s Taxi stubs and a LIRR Port Jeff Deals Coupon, good for offers at participating merchants.

Metro-North and Dutchess County have teamed up to create some special weekends to celebrate the harvest, local wineries, cheese makers and apple picking. Pick up the Dutchess County Farm Fresh Link shuttle at the Poughkeepsie Station making stops at Fishkill Farms, for a pick-your- own experience, hayrides and farm market where you’ll find organically grown heirloom vegetables, fresh eggs, pressed cider and more. Then it’s on to the charming Village of Millbrook, home to many eateries, gift shops and antique stores. Your third stop is a local vineyard. Then, it’s on to Sprout Creek Farm, a model of sustainable agriculture known for its artisanal cheeses. For more information about these itinerary stops and other agricultural and culinary destinations throughout Dutchess County, please visit http://www.dutchesstourism.com

Sometimes the most breath taking attractions and experiences are free! New York’s Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park is the world’s longest, elevated pedestrian bridge, stretching 1.28 miles, 212 feet above the Hudson River and just minutes from Metro-North’s Poughkeepsie Station. The panoramic views of the Catskill Mountains and Hudson River from the Walkway are spectacular in any season. For more information, visit http://walkway.org or http://nysparks.com.

To get more travel ideas across the state, specific itineraries, area events and even a state-wide chart of the changing of the leaves visit, Fallgetaways.iloveny.com.

The beauty of fall in New York can be captured throughout the 11 vacation regions in the state.

Capital-Saratoga Region
In the Capital-Saratoga region, foliage spotters in the Fulton County communities of Northville and Benson predict peak to just past peak conditions with 90-100 percent color change by the weekend, and average to bright red, orange and yellow fall colors, especially in the lower elevations. Color change is everywhere in Rensselaer County. There is more color in the eastern and northern portions of the county, along with more leaf droppage. Predominate colors include bright shades of red, orange and yellow. Saratoga County will be at peak this weekend with 80 percent color change, with bright bursts of red, deep orange and bright yellow creating a vibrant rainbow of fall colors. Leaf spotters in Schenectady County expect near peak to peak conditions with plenty of bright yellow and red leaves. In Albany County, spotters at Thacher Park in the Helderbergs expect leaves to be at peak with bright red and yellow leaves predominating.

Central New York
In Central New York, foliage spotters in southern Herkimer County are calling for near complete leaf transition by the weekend with peak to past peak conditions and predominating colors of red, yellow and gold. Oneida County observers are also expecting peak conditions (along with some past peak areas in the northern part of the county), with orange, amber, gold and bronze leaves of average brilliance and vibrant yellow and red highlights. In Chenango County, most leaves will be changed by the weekend. Look for plenty of bright yellow, brilliant red and fiery orange leaves. Otsego County will also be at peak this weekend, with some areas a bit past peak, rain and wind having moved the season along. Peak foliage will be arriving in the Greater Binghamton area this weekend with 70-75 percent color change and bright yellow, orange and red fall shades. In Madison County, foliage spotters based in Morrisville are calling for near peak foliage with 65 percent color change and a nice display of bright yellow and orange leaves, along with touches of red.

Chautauqua-Allegheny Region
Foliage in the Chautauqua-Allegheny region will range from near peak to just past peak this weekend. At Allegany State Park in Cattaraugus County about 90 percent of the leaves will be changed by the weekend. Look for areas of near peak, peak and past peak foliage. Many of the leaves that changed last week have fallen already from this week’s rain, leaving hardier green leaves on the trees. Few of these leaves are changing. In Cattaraugus County, Little Valley foliage spotters are calling for 85 percent color change with muted shades of yellow, rust and orange. Strong winds have knocked the majority of leaves down. In Chautauqua County, foliage spotters are expecting near peak foliage this weekend with 50 percent color change and a mixture of muted orange and red leaves.

Finger Lakes Region
In the Finger Lakes region, Tioga County will have peak foliage this weekend with 80 percent color change and yellow, orange and green leaves of average brilliance. Cortland and Livingston counties also will be at peak this weekend. Chemung County foliage spotters in Elmira expect near peak foliage with 85 percent color change and vibrant orange, red and yellow leaves. Seneca County will also be near peak with 75 percent color change and bright shades of yellow, red, purple and orange. Near peak foliage will also be found in Cayuga County, which is expecting 75 percent color change and brilliant yellow, orange, gold and red leaves. Leaf peepers in Syracuse, in Onondaga County, expect 50-60 percent color transition by the weekend, but with many leaves knocked down by wind they are calling for peak conditions. Tompkins County spotters based in Ithaca expect midpoint of change by the weekend with 50 percent color transition and yellow, brown, red, orange and green leaves of average brilliance.

Wayne County expects 45-50 percent color change with yellow, orange and red leaves of average brilliance. In Ontario County, look for 50 percent color change and a nice painter’s pallet of golden and burgundy hues. Monroe County and the Greater Rochester area predict near peak conditions for the weekend with between 40-50 percent color change and predominating colors of yellow and red. Steuben County will be near peak with 50-60 percent color change with bright yellow leaves accompanied by bursts of orange and bright scarlet.

Thousand-Islands Seaway Region
In the Thousand Islands-Seaway region, look for peak conditions this weekend in Jefferson County where foliage spotters in Alexandria Bay predict near complete leaf change and a nice mix of bright yellow, orange and red leaves. In St. Lawrence County expect 90 percent color change by the weekend with just past peak conditions and predominating colors of orange, red and yellow. In Oswego County, the lush forests of the lower portion of the region continue their annual transformation, and should be midpoint to near peak by the weekend.

Adirondacks Region
In the Adirondacks region, near peak and peak foliage is arriving in southern Warren County. Look for vibrant shades of yellow and orange, along with touches of red and rust. The rest of the county will be past peak by weekend. In Essex County, Crown Point foliage spotters expect that conditions will range from midpoint to near peak, depending on the elevation. In Old Forge, conditions are now past peak with some bright yellow, gold and russet leaves remaining. Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington and Lake Placid will each be just past peak.

Catskills Region
In the Catskills region, Sullivan County will be at peak this weekend with near complete leaf change and stunning shades of orange and red, along with golden yellow. Look for peak foliage in Ulster County, where rain and wind have taken a toll. This weekend will probably the last chance of the season to experience the county’s best color. Bright orange, gold, red and yellow leaves abound according to spotters at Belleayre Mountain and in Saugerties. The towns of Highmount, Pine Hill, Phoenicia and Mount Tremper will see peak foliage conditions with many shades of red, orange and gold.

Foliage spotters in the Greene County town of Catskill expect to be just past peak by the weekend with predominating shades of brilliant red, yellow and orange. Spotters based in Lanesville expect peak to just past peak foliage with leaves of amber, yellow, gold, purple and red. Tannersville and Hunter are now reported to be past peak. Delaware County will be past peak.

Hudson Valley Region
Near peak to peak foliage is expected throughout much of the Hudson Valley this weekend. In Ulster County, spotters based in Highland expect 80 percent leaf change by the weekend with bright, beautiful leaves of crimson and yellow. In the Shawangunk Mountain towns of High Falls, New Paltz and Gardiner the full autumnal palette is brilliant with bright gold, vibrant orange, shimmery yellow and blazing red leaves predominating. Columbia County will be near peak to peak with 70-95 percent color change and yellow and orange leaves mixed in with some deep red. Rockland County spotters at Bear Mountain State Park expect midpoint to near peak foliage this weekend with 75 percent color change, and orange and yellow leaves, along with some red highlights. In Goshen, foliage will be near peak with 75 percent change and bright red, yellow, wine, copper, lemon, peach, gold and orange leaves. Dutchess County projects various amounts of color change, depending upon location. Areas along the Hudson River will be at midpoint of change, while other areas will be near peak.

Greater Niagara Region
In the Greater Niagara region, foliage spotters in Buffalo project 40-45 percent color change as more shades of orange are starting to emerge. Some areas closer to Buffalo are still seeing some green and shades of gold and yellow. In Niagara County, Niagara Falls observers expect 50 percent color change with shades of red and orange predominating. Wyoming County will also be at midpoint of change.

Long Island and New York City
On Long Island, observers in the Hamptons are calling for 50 percent leaf change with autumn shades of red, orange and gold. In Nassau and western Suffolk counties, look for around 40 percent color change and yellow, orange, purple and green leaves of average brilliance. Some isolated areas of trees are reported to be near peak. Trees are just starting to change in New York City. Foliage spotters in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens expect 20 percent leaf change with orange and yellow highlights appearing over the predominately green backdrop.

For More Information on Fall Foliage
The weekly foliage report, a detailed map charting fall color progress, vantage points for viewing spectacular foliage, suggested autumn getaways and weekly event listings are available by visiting the I LOVE NEW YORK web site at www.iloveny.com.

Reports are also available by dialing, toll-free, 800/CALL-NYS (800/225-5697) from anywhere in the U.S., its territories and Canada.

For additional New York fall foliage information including select sneak previews of the week’s I LOVE NEW YORK Fall Foliage Report, follow the hash tag: #LoveNYFall on Twitter. Simply type #LoveNYFall into the search box on Twitter and you can access all of the tweets about New York State’s fall colors and where to find the best places in the state to see them.

For information on becoming a volunteer Leaf Peeper, e-mail your name, address and phone number to foliage@esd.ny.gov.

See also:

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Getaway on the Hudson River School Art Trail: Thomas Cole National Historic Site and slideshow

Getaway on The Hudson River School Art Trail: Frederick Edwin Church’s Olana and slideshow

The Thompson House is in best tradition of New York’s Catskill Mountains resorts and slideshow

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