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Ithaca Fall Foliage Report

Foliage views provided by Southern Tier Balloon Company

October 18 update: Tompkins County observers anticipate near-peak foliage through the week, with 75% leaf transition. Bright yellow leaves dominate the landscape, underscored by orange leaves of average brilliance and pockets of bright red. 

View from October 19th
aerial view of fall trees  west side of Cayuga Lake

View from October 14th
Cayuga Lake view fall from balloon

View from October 7th

We are seeing the color change at around 35-40% across the area with some nice yellows and bright oranges starting to come through with the remaining bright green tones.

ariel view of changing fall leaves above tompkins county from Oct. 7

View from October 1st

Fall foliage across Ithaca from above aboard southern tier balloon company hot air balloon

Fall colors typically peak in and around Ithaca around the second or third week of October. But don’t worry too much about exact timing. The Ithaca area has a long foliage season due to its variable terrain and the moderating influence of 40-mile long Cayuga Lake. If you’re thinking of a weekend visit, be advised it's a busy time of year as many want to take in the rich fall colors and scenic vistas. Check out availability for local accommodations and book your leaf-peeping visit today. Consider visiting midweek to find more availability.

For updated foliage conditions statewide, visit the NYS Fall Foliage Report.


Best Places to see the changing colors: 

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