The spectacular colors of autumn continue to emerge across New York State, with the most significant changes continuing to take place in the Adirondacks and Catskills regions, according to observers for the Empire State Development Division of Tourism’s I LOVE NEW YORK program. Additionally, the Finger Lakes and Thousand Islands-Seaway regions are also reporting some early stage color change. This weekend in the Adirondacks, look for areas of around 45 percent color change or more in the Mt. Arab and Tupper Lake areas of Franklin County. Area foliage spotters report various shades of goldenrod, russet, mustard, cranberry, rhubarb, and sporadic crimson and peach dispersed among the fading hues of green. To the east, Whiteface Mountain projects 20 percent leaf change by the weekend, with some dull red and purple leaves dispersed among the predominating green landscape. In Old Forge, in Herkimer County, about 15 percent of the leaves are expected to have changed by the weekend, with burgundy and red highlights. In Hamilton County, Indian Lake leaf peepers are estimating 10–15 percent color change with greens still dominating the distant views, and hues of yellow and orange starting to emerge. In the North Creek area of Warren County, expect areas of up to 15 percent color change, with red, dark red and orange leaves predominating.  In the Catskills, Sullivan County foliage spotters expect up to 30 percent color change by the weekend, with yellow, rust, burgundy and splashes of orange leaves. In the higher elevations of Ulster County, look for between 15 and 25 percent color change, with mostly yellow leaves and some red and orange highlights.Bright golden-orange and yellow leaves are beginning to emerge in St. Lawrence County in the Thousand Islands-Seaway region, while Onondaga, Cayuga and Schuyler counties in the Finger Lakes region expect around 15 percent color change by the weekend. The rest of the state expects no more than 10 percent color change. Each week during fall, I LOVE NEW YORK issues reports on iloveny.com detailing the progression of colorful fall foliage across the New York based upon information filed by the State’s officially designated “leaf peepers.” These fall foliage spotters are instructed on how to rate foliage color in their areas, citing conditions such as brilliance, percentage of leaves changed, predominating colors and stages (just beginning, near peak, peak and past peak). I LOVE NEW YORK compiles its weekly reports based upon information called in by the spotters.

New York State and Fall Foliage Make for a Great Getaway!

New York’s fall foliage serves as the pretty backdrop to a host of fun-filled seasonal activities, including food festivals celebrating an amazing variety of Pride of New York produce, farm and farm stand visits, hayrides and much more. Find details on all these and more by visiting iloveny.com. As part of its new fall promotion, I LOVE NEW YORK is offering "Foliage Trip Pay-offs," a series of regional driving routes rich with activities and stops to encourage consumers to choose New York for foliage peeping. Look for these fall foliage driving tours on iloveny.com beginning September 15th thru November 15th. New York State’s Advantage Why do people from all over the world head to New York State to see the spectacular foliage display? Unlike the rest of the country, the northeastern U.S. is particularly fortunate to have a great variety of broad-leaved trees, which help give the region’s foliage a spectacular color range. Also, New York State has almost as many acres of such trees as the rest of the Northeast combined.  In addition to iloveny.com, foliage reports are also available by calling the New York State Travel Information Center at 1-800-CALL-NYS.

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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 www.iloveny.com.  Media can find press releases and more at thebeat.iloveny.com.