foliage_2011_1.jpgFirst signs of colorful fall foliage emerging in Adirondacks

This is the first 2011 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, NY - The 2011 foliage season in New York State is officially underway as the first signs of New York's spectacular fall colors are beginning to appear in the Adirondacks, according to observers for the Empire State Development Division of Tourism's I LOVE NEW YORK program. This weekend in the Adirondacks, expect 10 percent color change in areas around Mt. Arab and Tupper Lake as the summer greens are just starting their progression to the brilliant fall colors. Look for some soft maples providing sporadic tinges of copper. Other reporting stations in the region are calling for less than 10 percent color change by the weekend. The rest of the state reports 5 percent or less color change. Get Up-to-Date Fall Foliage Color Reports Online The weekly foliage report, a detailed map charting fall color progress, vantage points for viewing spectacular foliage, suggested autumn getaways and weekly event listings are available by visiting the I LOVE NEW YORK web site at For additional New York fall foliage information including select sneak previews of the week's I LOVE NEW YORK Fall Foliage Report, follow the hash tag: #ILoveNYFallColors on Twitter. Simply type #ILoveNYFallColors into the search box on Twitter and you can access all of the tweets about New York State's fall colors and where to find the best places in the state to see them. For information on becoming a volunteer Leaf Peeper, e-mail your name, address and phone number to Special Editor's note: Some areas of the state, particularly eastern New York were heavily affected by Hurricane Irene and subsequent rain. Some attractions in these areas are closed and in certain areas non-local travel is generally not advised. We urge you to call your destination ahead for local road conditions and information about alternate routes that may be necessary to plan your trip. For further travel and traffic information visit About New York State New York State features 11 beautiful vacation regions.  New York's attractions span from landmarks such as Niagara Falls, to the wine trails of Hudson Valley and treasures like the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.  Whether it's wide-ranging outdoor activities for the whole family like fishing, hiking and boating, culinary wonders and farm-to-table fresh foods, or the rich history and culture of one of the 13 original colonies, New York State offers diverse activities for all travelers.  For more information visit  Media can find press releases and more at


Editor's Note to Meteorologists: If you would like to directly receive I LOVE NEW YORK fall foliage reports along with high-resolution versions of the weekly color progression map, please contact Eric Scheffel at or (518) 292-5274 Contact: Eric Scheffel Empire State Development (518) 292-5274