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Peep the story behind New York’s Fall foliage map leaf peepers

September 24, 2018 Visit New York, Visit USA No Comments Email Email

Autumn in New York State means that beautiful fall colors are on approach and we are pleased to share that the NY Fall Foliage Map is now available (included below). Unlike other similar maps, this initiative is still curated by passionate humans across the state, forgoing the use of drones, apps or fancy algorithms. Have you ever wondered what the day in the life of a Leaf Peeper would look like? Read on to discover your next dream job!

Jim Carroll and Regina Rockburn have been Leaf Peeping in the Adirondacks around Tupper Lake for nearly 20 years. Lured in by an ad in the local newspaper, they have always loved taking hikes and photos, so leaf peeping seemed like a natural integration into their life.

On the daily, they wander to local areas such as The Wild Center to look at foliage and often use crayons, fruits, veggies and Benjamin Moore colors to describe the rich spectrum of hues that they uncover. According to them, most people love the deep reds, especially Sugar Maple. Every Wednesday morning, they send their report (many by phone) to Eric Scheffel, the Public Information Specialist for I LOVE NEW YORK, who then compiles the information into a state-wide map. Their report includes: Predominant Colors, Brilliance, Rating, Percentage of trees changed and more.

In a world obsessed with instantaneous data collection and precision, it’s a heartwarming reality to see that a map created to inspire passionate fall travel is, in fact, created by a collection of people who are passionate about fall.

If you would like to learn more about the New York State Leaf Peeper Program, Fall Foliage Map or perhaps to even become a Leaf Peeper for the day, please feel free to contact me directly. We will continue to send you the weekly foliage map unless you would not like to receive them. Enjoy this week’s map below:

Week of September 20–26, 2018

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