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Finally, Fall Foliage finds Fairport -- in color!

by Jim Bessey editor

We've had a funny fall here in Fairport, upstate NY. Typically, peak fall colors coincide with the Columbus Day weekend; not this year. It's past mid-October now and half our trees still have green leaves. Two years ago, we had some of the most amazing fall leaf displays ever. This week, with a couple of near-freezing nights behind us, some of that brilliant foliage has finally returned to Fairport.

Red, orange, yellow and green welcome canal walkers downtown Fairport
Canal waters mirror the gorgeous sunlit fall foliage, facing west from town
Even the boat rentals join in the joyous burst of fall color near the Lift Bridge
A cheerful splash of color brightens the White Haven Mem'l Park near town
  All photos copyright 2010 Jim Bessey. Reprints with attribution.

Fairport hosts hundreds of cyclists, walkers, and shoppers during the fall foliage season. You'll find some of the most beautiful scenery along the canal, near Fairport's historic lift-bridge. If you come for the day or the weekend, you'll find plenty of choices for food and shopping within easy walking distance. There's plenty of free parking nearby, too. Enjoy!

Do you have a favorite fall leaf-peeping destination? Did you go there this year? If you took pictures and would like to share your foliage finds with our readers, please contact me via Comments or by using the link at the top of this page.


  1. Very pretty, Jim. I'll have to go out to Promisedland State park--that's just a few miles from home-- and take a few pictures.

  2. Sounds like a great idea, Glory. Are you past peak there yet, or still showing some serious color?

  3. Gorgeous colors, truly spectacular pictures.