Adirondacks, Catskills and other areas to be at peak and near-peak this weekend
This is the fourth 2014 FALL COLOR REPORT for New York State. Reports are obtained from field observers and reflect expected color conditions for the coming weekend. FALL COLOR REPORTS are issued every Wednesday afternoon.
Albany, N.Y. - The progression of fall colors took a dramatic leap forward across most of New York State over the past week with spectacular peak and near-peak colors expected this weekend in various areas of the Adirondacks and Catskills regions, as well as the northwest portion of the Capital-Saratoga region, according to spotters for Empire State Development's I LOVE NEW YORK program. Many of I LOVE NEW YORK's foliage spotters are reporting that this year's colors are among the most impressive seen in recent years and that the transition is proceeding rapidly.
In the Adirondacks region, foliage spotters at Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington predict peak colors for the weekend with 70 percent leaf change and leaves of amazingly brilliant shades of red, yellow and orange. Also in Essex County, at Lake Placid, spotters note that foliage will be just past peak this weekend. While some trees have lost leaves, others are still very brilliant. Look for muted shades of orange, brown, gold and yellow leaves with some isolated areas of bright red leaves. Spotters in the Mt. Arab/Tupper Lake areas of Franklin County expect just past peak conditions this weekend with 95 percent color change and ochre, russet, copper, mustard, merlot, pumpkin, apricot and varied hues of yellow leaves of muted brilliance amongst the remaining green.
Foliage in Speculator in Hamilton County is at peak with 90 percent color change and should remain that way through the weekend. Colors are spectacular and include bright shades of red, orange and yellow. Also in the county, foliage will be near or at peak this weekend in the Indian Lake area, with 75 to nearly 100 percent color change, depending on the area. Leaves are very bright with shades of red predominating along with this year's outstanding color, orange, as well as emerging shades of yellow. In Herkimer County, spotters in Old Forge are predicting very near peak conditions for the coming weekend, with peak expected next week. Look for 90 percent color change and very bright leaves of red and orange.
In Warren County, expect 50-60 percent color change and near peak foliage in the northern part of the county. Reports coming in from North Creek are calling for peak foliage at elevations of around 2000 feet. Colors are bright and spectacular and, according to spotters, are the best in years. Look for leaves of bright red, shades of yellow, rust and some remaining green. In the areas around Brant Lake and Pottersville there's a brilliant mix of orange, yellow, red and rust leaves. In the southern part of the county, around Lake George, some areas are still mostly green with pockets of color containing emerging shades of yellow, orange, red and rust. Look for 35-40 percent color change and leaves at midpoint of transition. In Essex County, spotters in the Lake Champlain area based at Crown Point predict 60-85 percent color change this weekend with many vivid clusters of color including yellow, orange, red and green. Leaves will be midpoint to near peak. To the northeast in Willsboro look for leaves 40 percent changed and at midpoint of transition. Bright shades of yellow and orange predominate, along with areas of rust browns and bright reds.
Foliage spotters in the Capital-Saratoga region expect color conditions over the weekend ranging from peak to midpoint. In Fulton County, spotters based at Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center in Benson predict 75 percent color change with bright colors and near peak conditions. Look for blended red, red-speckled orange, dusky yellow and metallic brown leaves. Also in Fulton County, foliage spotters reporting from the Southern Adirondack Pines Campground & Cabins in Pine Lake (in Adirondack Park) and from Gloversville are predicting peak conditions at higher elevations with 75 percent color change and near peak foliage at lower elevations. The brilliance of the leaves ranges from average to bright and vibrant. Leaves are bright shades of red, orange, yellow and rust.
In Rensselaer County, spotters predict 55-65 percent color change in the eastern and northern portion of the county and near peak conditions this weekend, while the county's western and southern areas will be at about 35-50 percent changed and at midpoint of transition. In the northern and western portions of the county, look for a variety of colors, including bright shades of orange, yellow and red. In the western and southern parts of the county, look for bright shades of red, orange and yellow.
In Albany County, foliage spotters in Voorheesville reporting from Thacher Park predict up to 60 percent color change with bright yellow leaves along with touches of red. Foliage is at midpoint of transition. Schenectady County spotters reporting from Schenectady expect 50-55 percent color change with brilliant shades of yellow along with a tapestry of red at midpoint of change. In Saratoga County, Saratoga Springs leaf peepers predict 35 percent color change with bright, vibrant yellows, oranges and reds visible throughout most of the area with subtle touches of gold.
In the Catskills region, the amount of color encountered this weekend will be very dependent upon elevation. In Greene County in the Northern Catskills, spotters based in Catskill note that color change is coming on fast and will be near or at peak by the weekend with 85-90 percent color change. Green County spotters reporting from the high peaks around Windham, Hunter and Prattsville expect peak foliage by the weekend with 80 percent color change and bright leaves of red, yellow and orange.
In Ulster County, foliage spotters reporting from the Highland area predict color changes of 75-90 percent this weekend and near peak foliage, with greater color change in the higher elevations. Look for a full range of bright, beautiful shades of yellow, orange and red. Foliage spotters at Belleayre Mountain in Highmount predict ideal conditions for leaf peeping this weekend with near peak leaves 80 percent changed. Look for spectacular shades of red, yellow and orange appearing everywhere. Color change in the Kingston area is expected to be approaching midpoint for the coming weekend with stunning shades of red along with wine, rusty-orange and yellow leaves.
Delaware County will be near peak this weekend with 75 percent color change and bright red, yellow and orange leaves. Foliage spotters in Sullivan County also predict near peak foliage for the weekend with 60 percent color change marked by leaves of gorgeous orange, brilliant scarlet, bold burgundy and bronze.
In Central New York, near peak foliage will be arriving in the Utica area this weekend according to Oneida County spotters. Look for 75-80 percent color change with leaves of average brilliance and isolated pockets of very bright color. Predominating colors include various shades of orange, gold, bronze and amber, highlighted with vibrant shades of yellow and splashes of reds and purples. Chenango County spotters based in Norwich predict near peak leaves with 65 percent change and vibrant shades of orange and red predominating. Near peak foliage is also predicted for the Mohawk area in Herkimer County. Look for 60 percent color change and yellow and red leaves predominating. Leaves are changing rapidly in Otsego County, where spotters in Cooperstown are calling for near peak leaves this weekend with 50-60 percent color change and brilliant shades of red, orange and yellow.
Broome County will see midpoint to near peak foliage with 55-60 percent color change and bright yellow, red and orange leaves. In Schoharie County, Cobleskill-based spotters predict 50 percent color change with yellow, orange and red leaves of average brilliance. Madison County leaf peepers reporting from Hamilton expect leaves at midpoint of change and an increasing amount of orange and yellow leaves surpassing red leaves in quantity, along with some purple in the mix.
In the Finger Lakes region, spotters in Watkins Glen in Schuyler County predict 75 percent color change and very brilliant colors for the weekend with near peak leaves along with some isolated areas of peak colors. In Steuben County, spotters based in Corning expect 75 percent color change and near peak foliage on the western side of the county and 60 percent color change and leaves at midpoint on the eastern side around Corning. Look for brilliant leaves of yellow, orange, gold and red. Tioga County expects foliage to be at midpoint of change with 50 percent leaf transition and vivid red, yellow and orange fall colors. In Tompkins County, spotters in Ithaca predict 50 percent color change for the weekend with pockets of bright oranges and reds and some muted yellows. The hillsides have more color than the lower valleys. Ontario County, spotters note, has had perfect fall weather, with warm, sunny days to showcase the beautiful reds, glowing yellows and dazzling oranges that have emerged on the trees. The hills will be showing off midpoint leaf transition of around 60 percent, with changes of 40-50 percent in the surrounding valleys.
In Monroe County, spotters based in Greece predict trees around midpoint of change with 35-40 percent leaf transition. The trees that are changing are predominately yellow in color, but some are also bright red and orange. The remaining trees are showing a lighter olive green color (away from the deep green of summer) as trees turn at a quick pace. Leaves to the south are further ahead in progression than those along Lake Ontario. Cayuga County should see 35 percent color change with lots of gold leaves of average brilliance along with some shades of red. Syracuse and Onondaga County will also be at midpoint of change with 35 percent color change and very bright splashes of yellow, along with shades or red and purple. Wayne County will be at midpoint of change with 35 percent leaf transition and bright red, orange and yellow leaves.
In Livingston County, fall colors are still in the early stages. Look for 30 percent transition with average to bright shades of yellow and orange, along with some touches of red. Yates County is expecting 30 percent color change with touches of red, yellow and orange leaves emerging from the predominately green backdrop. Chemung and Cortland counties are expecting 25 percent color change with red, yellow and orange leaves of average brilliance. Seneca County expects 10 percent color change over the weekend with midpoint conditions arriving over the next week or so.
In the Chautauqua-Allegheny region, spotters at Allegany State Park in Cattaraugus County are predicting near peak foliage for the weekend with mostly yellow leaves of average brilliance along with a touch of red in the maples. In Little Valley, spotters are predicting near peak foliage with 60 percent color change. Light green and rust are the predominate colors with some oranges and reds of average brilliance mixed in. Some isolated areas may be at peak. Spotters in Chautauqua County expect midpoint foliage with 60 percent change and a mix of bright orange and red leaves.
In the Greater Niagara region, foliage spotters in Niagara Falls in Niagara County expect foliage nearing midpoint of change for the weekend with a bright mix of yellow and orange leaves. In Orleans County, look for 40-50 percent change and colors at midpoint of transition. In Wyoming County, spotters based in Perry expect leaves to be still in the early stage of transition with 25 percent change expected. There is still a lot of remaining green, but the fall colors are becoming more prominent and vibrant, especially in Letchworth State Park. Erie County spotters based in Buffalo are predicting 20-25 percent color change with bright gold, orange and red leaves emerging. Genesee County expects 20 percent color change with gold and deep burgundy highlights along with bright touches of red and orange from the Maples.
In the Thousand Islands-Seaway region, spotters in Jefferson County in Alexandria Bay expect midpoint conditions with 50 percent color change and yellow, orange and red leaves of average brilliance. In St. Lawrence County spotters also expect 50 percent color change. Leaves will be near peak or at peak in the St. Lawrence Seaway area of the county and peak and just past peak in the Adirondacks portion. Predominating fall colors are orange, red, purple and yellow. Oswego County foliage spotters are calling for midpoint conditions by weekend with 40 percent change. In northern Oswego County areas such as Pulaski, Sandy Creek, and Altmar, yellows, oranges and reds are taking over with average to bright brilliance. The foliage aong the Salmon River is beginning to look more colorful and bright. Touches of orange and red dominate the color scheme in the southern parts of the county. Oswego is seeing a variety of colors, with bright red and orange predominating.
In the Hudson Valley, look for midpoint to near peak foliage in the Highland area of Ulster County. Nearly 75 percent color change is expected with bright and beautiful shades of red, orange and yellow bursting through the remaining green backdrop. In Orange County, spotters based in Goshen are calling for 50 percent color change and a brilliant mix of sparkling red, orange, wine, melon, peach and yellow leaves. Rockland County spotters in New City and at Bear Mountain State Park expect foliage to be at midpoint by the weekend with 50 percent color change and bright orange, red and yellow leaves. Look for 40 percent leaf change in Columbia County. Spotters in Hudson are expecting midpoint conditions for the coming weekend with bright yellow and orange leaves along with some deep shades of red.
Dutchess County spotters expect foliage heading toward midpoint this weekend. Look for 30 percent or more change around Poughkeepsie. Predominating colors are mostly bright yellow and there are also a lot of gold, russet and orange leaves, with touches of red. The northern and eastern portion of the county should be more advanced and at midpoint this weekend. Westchester County is seeing more shades of red than usual. Expect 25-30 percent color change this weekend and a nice mix of gold and yellow leaves.
On Long Island and in New York City color change is still in the very early stages with no more than 10 percent change expected for the weekend.