December 2, 2021

Fall foliage season begins

Katie Keyser/Living and Leisure Editor

The Cortland Rural Cemetery off Tompkins Street is pictured in this September Cortland Standard file photo.

NEW YORK — Empire State Development has announced the start of New York State’s 2019 fall foliage season this week, which includes I LOVE NY weekly fall foliage reports.

Additionally, the #NYLovesFall social media campaign returns this year to promote and encourage visits to New York’s picturesque autumn locations and attractions.

“Each fall, New York State welcomes millions of visitors who travel here to experience some of the world’s most vibrant fall foliage. Tourism is vital to our state and regional economies, supporting businesses and jobs, and this season is the perfect time to explore all the state has to offer,” said Eric Gertler, Empire State Development acting commissioner.

The I LOVE NY weekly foliage report includes a detailed map charting fall color progress and suggested vantage points to take in the color change.

Check it out

Weekly fall foliage reports are available at

Get funky with camera

“Foliage Fridays” social media campaign encourages visitors to submit photos showcasing New York foliage.

Each week, one outstanding fall foliage photo posted using the #NYLoves- Fall hashtag will be selected and shared on the I LOVE NY Instagram page on “Foliage Fridays.” To qualify, users must tag photos with the image location.

The report uses information gathered by about 65 volunteer leaf peepers in the state’s 11 vacation regions who track the weekly foliage changes.

Reports are provided every Wednesday through the end of the foliage season, and are available on the I LOVE NY website with recommended autumn getaways and weekly event listings.

Reports are also offered toll-free at 800-CALL-NYS (800-225-5697). For de- tails on how to volunteer, email foliage@

To promote the state’s autumn sights and scenery, I LOVE NY will continue to host its social media campaign featuring photos taken by Instagram users.

Thanks in part to its size and location, New York has one of the longest and most colorful foliage seasons in the country. On any weekend from late September through mid-November, part of the state is likely experiencing peak foliage.

Fall is also one of the state’s most popular travel times, attracting visitors from around the world who explore communities and support local economies.

Learn more at and follow the tourism department on social media: @ ILoveNYPR and I—LOVE—NY.