When Fall Leaves Will Peak around town And Where Best To See Them

Interactive map shows when leaves will peak across U.S.

By Macaroni KID October 20, 2022

Wondering when the color of fall leaves will peak in 2022 on Long Island and where best to see them?

David Angotti can tell you. He is a statistical expert and the co-founder of the site His love for weather, travel, technology, and the autumn season led him to begin developing a nationwide fall leaf map in 2013 after one Smoky Mountains visitor too many inquired with him when the leaves would be at their fall best.

What started as a fun side-project quickly became the most respected nationwide fall leaf map and one of the best fall resources in the country. Now, tens of millions of people use his map each year to plan everything from photography trips to weddings. But the most common users are simply people wondering when the leaves will peak near them, just like you're wondering when leaves will be at their best fall color on Long Island!

While not an exact science, the predictive map uses a complex algorithm that carefully analyzes several million data points and outputs approximately 50,000 predictive data pieces to determine when leaves will peak in each part of the country.

Check out the map below to see when the leaves will peak near us or another part of the country. Simply move the slider along the bottom to see when leaves are expected to reach peak color on Long Island.

Where to go leaf peeping around town

While at Macaroni KID we don't use scientific data to determine the best place to go around town to see fall leaves, we think we have pretty good intel!

Here are my family's top four places near to go leaf-peeping:

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Blydenburgh County Park

100 Veterans Memorial Hwy Smithtown, NY 11787

Great park right off 454 to take a short walk and enjoy the scenery. 

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Caleb Smith State Park Preserve

581 West Jericho Turnpike Smithtown, NY 11787

Find a trail and walk among the trees for an afternoon.

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Hoyt Farm Nature Preserve

200 New Highway Commack, NY 11725

A great location to see the leaves turn but to also enjoy lots of other fall activities. 

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Bill Richards Memorial Park

625 Veterans Hwy Hauppauge, NY 11788

Pick a beautiful bench and just sit and listen to nature and watch the leaves fall. 

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