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Week of November 11-17, 2020
Peak Conditions in New York City and on Long Island, Pockets of Fall Colors Remain in Lower Hudson Valley
Other regions of the state are now past-peak.
This is the tenth and final 2020 I LOVE NY Fall Foliage Report for New York State. I LOVE NY urges travelers to follow all public health and safety guidelines, including wearing a face covering and maintaining appropriate social distancing. Click here for more information on New York's response to COVID-19, including travel restrictions.
Beautiful peak fall colors are reaching their final destinations in New York State, with optimum foliage expected this weekend throughout Long Island and New York City, and some pockets of good color remaining in the lower Hudson Valley, according to observers for Empire State Development’s I LOVE NY program.
In the Hudson Valley, Putnam County spotters in Cold Spring expect peak and past-peak foliage for Veterans Day and the coming weekend, with 100% color change and 25% leaf droppage. Both banks of the Hudson River and the river-facing hills continue with brilliant red, yellow, and orange leaves, juxtaposed by ribbons of bare trees and significant leaf droppage. Hikers on Anthony’s Nose, Camp Smith Trail, Sugarloaf, Lost Pond, Lost Loop, Breakneck Ridge, Bull Hill, and sections of the Appalachian Trail will enjoy wonderful treks amid the full spectrum of foliage and panoramic views enhanced by the reduced canopy.
Observers traveling south toward Westchester and Rockland counties note that areas between the Hudson River and Long Island Sound are past-peak, while the trees along the river contain more leaves and a greater variety of color. Motorists on Route 9, the Palisades Parkway, and Route 9W will enjoy views where the leaves have dropped mixed with swaths of brilliant red, yellow, orange, and purple foliage. Hikers on trails overlooking the Hudson River will appreciate the past-peak views of the opposite bank. Spotters in White Plains in Westchester County are predicting past-peak foliage with mostly muted red and orange leaves amid several bare trees.
On Long Island, this will be the best weekend to get out and enjoy the fall colors. In Nassau County and western Suffolk County, trees in many areas are now at peak color. Many trees have turned directly from green to brown this year, so there is a lot of brown mixed in with the red, yellow, orange, and purple leaves.
Travelers will find a great foliage drive along the Northern State Parkway where foliage is reaching peak and is expected to continue through the weekend, with especially nice color between the Lakeville Road and Roslyn Road exits. Trees along the Wantagh State Parkway are also now at peak, although the Meadowbrook and Bethpage State Parkways are now past-peak. The Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway (Route 135) is also currently displaying peak colors. Another colorful drive is along Route 25A on Long Island's north shore, especially the tree-lined areas from Greenvale east to Port Jefferson. The Southern State Parkway on the south shore also offers some peak color, although many stretches are now past-peak.
Spotters reporting from Old Westbury predict peak and past-peak leaves this weekend, with nearly complete color change and brilliant gold, rust, red, orange, and brown leaves, along with significant leaf droppage. Among the state parks, Sunken Meadow State Park in Kings Park is now showcasing peak color in the picnic areas surrounding parking field 4 and along the banks of the Sunken Meadow Creek. Both Bethpage State Park and Belmont Lake State Park feature some color, but many areas are also past-peak. Connetquot River State Park in Oakdale will also be past peak. Reports from Hempstead Lake State Park predict that leaves will be just-past-peak with 90% color change and brilliant red, yellow, orange, and purple leaves. Spotters checking in from Valley Stream State Park predict peak foliage with brilliant seasonal hues, along with some brown leaves and leaf droppage.
In New York City, Bronx spotters reporting from Morris Park are calling for continued peak foliage through the weekend, with 80% color change and lots of bright oranges and reds throughout the borough. Look for beautiful foliage along Pelham Parkway, Mosholu Parkway, and the Bronx River Parkway. In Brooklyn, spotters reporting from Gowanus and Park Slope expect near-peak to peak foliage this weekend, with 80% color change and mostly red leaves.
Spotters reporting from Chelsea in Manhattan predict that foliage will be peak to just-past-peak with nearly complete color change and very brilliant yellow, green and orange leaves, along with some red leaves. Foliage will be at peak in Washington Square Park in Manhattan with 75% color change with muted yellow leaves, along with significant leaf droppage. Peak foliage will be found throughout Staten Island with near-total leaf change.