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Report: Foliage peaking this weekend

Grab your cameras. Fall foliage on Long Island is expected to be "peak" and "near peak" this weekend, according to the weekly foliage report from the state's I LOVE NEW YORK program.

In some parts of eastern Long Island, including the Hamptons, foliage is at its peak, with "bursts of orange, red and yellow leaves" interspersed with green pines, said a news release issued Wednesday by Empire State Development.

In western Long Island, foliage is expected to be at the 80 percent color-change level, according to the foliage report, which is based on information from field observers.

Saturday looks to be the better choice for a foliage drive or hike, said Joe Pollina, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Upton. Look for partly sunny skies, highs near 68 and just a 20 percent chance of rain on Saturday, compared to Sunday when the chance of rain jumps to 40 percent, he said.

For those looking for ideas for scenic vistas, the state's tourism site, suggests the following:

Cold Spring Harbor on Rte. 25A;

Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, Oyster Bay;

Sands Point Preserve, Port Washington.

Among the spots suggested by Kristen Matejka, marketing and communications director for the Long Island Convention & Visitors Bureau and Sports Commission:

Old Westbury Gardens, Westbury, for the variety of trees and fall flowers;

Sunken Meadow State Park, Kings Park, and hiking trail up to the bluffs;

Stony Brook Village and hiking trail behind Mill Pond.

Welwyn Preserve, Glen Cove

Tweeters can join the foliage conversation on Twitter by following the hashtag: #Fall4NY.

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