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
View from October 14th
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.
View from from October 1st
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:
From the water aboard the MV Teal and Discover Cayuga Lake’s Fall Sunset Cruises.
Feeling a little more adventurous, take in the beauty from above and get a view like the one above with Southern Tier Balloon Tours.
From Dillingham Fountains at Ithaca College.
The overlook at Taughannock Falls State Park, or as you hike or stroll among any of the more than 150 waterfalls all within 10 miles of Ithaca.
Out the westward window of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art on the Cornell University Campus.
Get your Free Waterfall Guide
Finding waterfalls in the Ithaca area is easy with a free waterfall field guide. The full-color guide highlights public-access waterfalls, gorges and hiking trails in and around Ithaca and Tompkins County. Sites range from 215-foot tall Taughannock Falls, to the cascading series of drops at Buttermilk Falls, to the 25-foot Potters Falls, a "local secret" in a hidden wildflower preserve. Pick up your copy at any of our three Visitor Centers , view it online or get one mailed direct to your door by contacting info@VisitIthaca.com, 800.284.8422.
Explore the many multi-use trails throughout Ithaca & Tompkins County at IthacaTrails.org and plan your next outdoor recreation adventure. Find info about locations, difficulty, mileage, and more!
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