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Posted: Sunday, September 30, 2012 11:31 am

New York State’s Fall Foliage Report on Friday showed much of the Southern Tier at mid-point to near-peak colors.

Ironically, one of those “peak colors” is green.

The thousands of visitors who travel to Cattaraugus and Allegany counties to view the colorful hills at this time of year spend money on gas, meals, shopping, area events and fall attractions — like Pumpkinville, Salamanca’s Falling Leaves Festival this weekend and Ellicottville’s Fall Festival next weekend.

In Allegany State Park, “the trees have started to quickly change this week,” the foliage report states. “Look for 50 percent color change and fall colors of yellow and orange.”

Allegany State Park is a destination for generations of leaf-peepers. It’s nonstop eye candy of anyone who likes to look at autumn scenes. They come to drive around, to walk and to kayak on Red House and Quaker lakes while marveling at the fall colors. Several bus companies also book autumn tours through the 100-square-mile state park, New York’s largest.

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