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New York Fall Foliage Report

Beautiful Fall Colors Emerging Across the Adirondacks

Color Changes Also Reported in Catskills, Thousand Islands-Seaway, Capital-Saratoga, Finger Lakes, and Greater Niagara Regions

Week of Sept. 19–​26, 2018

This is the second 2018 Fall Foliage Report for New York State. Reports are obtained from field observers and reflect expected color conditions for the coming weekend. Fall Foliage Reports are issued every Wednesday afternoon.

Picturesque fall colors will continue to make their first appearances across New York State this weekend, with some areas of the Adirondacks approaching midpoint of change, according to observers for the Empire State Development Division of Tourism’s I LOVE NY program.

In the Adirondacks, Franklin County spotters in Tupper Lake expect foliage heading toward the midpoint of change this weekend, with 35–40 percent color change and fall colors of muted canary, goldenrod, maize, pumpkin, russet, cranberry, and cerise. Spotters in Saranac Lake also expect conditions approaching the midpoint with 40 percent color change. There is still a lot of green, but vibrant shades of red are emerging from the red maples, and sugar maples are showing various hues of yellow and orange. In Herkimer County, Old Forge spotters expect 25 percent color change this weekend with burgundy leaves and shades of red and orange appearing. Spotters in Crown Point, Essex County, predict 10–20 percent color transition, with the most change occurring at elevations climbing out of the valley; it is still considerably green in the valley along Lake Champlain. Look for some tinges of rust and golden-yellows, with occasional bright spots of color. Lake Placid spotters expect 10–15 percent color change with yellow and red leaves of average brilliance beginning to appear. 

Changes are occurring throughout the Thousand Islands-Seaway region. St. Lawrence County spotters checking in from Canton expect 30 percent color change with touches of red, yellow, and orange leaves of average brilliance. In Jefferson County, spotters in Alexandria Bay are expecting 25 percent color change this weekend with hints of red and orange leaves of average brilliance. In Oswego County, look for 15 percent color change. Greens continue to dominate the landscape throughout the Port City and along the Oswego River basin. Dull bronze and rust colors are beginning to develop throughout the southwestern countryside with some bright spots of orange and red.

In the Capital-Saratoga region, spotters in Gloversville, Fulton County, predict 15–20 percent foliage change with mostly green leaves and muted shades of yellow and orange, along with some reddish-brown leaves. In the Catskills, leaf peepers at Belleayre Mountain in Highmount, Ulster County, expect about 20 percent color change, with more shades of orange and yellow popping out.

Central New York spotters in Utica, Oneida County, expect 15 percent color change by the weekend. The trees are still primarily green, but gold and yellow hues are emerging, along with subtle hints of orange and red. Binghamton spotters also expect 15 percent color change, with mostly green leaves featuring touches of red and yellow.

In the Finger Lakes, spotters in Chemung County reporting from Elmira and Horseheads expect 15 percent color change with yellow leaves beginning to emerge over the mostly green backdrop. Seneca County spotters expect 15 percent color change with some yellow leaves of average brilliance. In Ontario County, reports from Canandaigua predict 10–15 percent color change with some subdued yellow leaves appearing.

Greater Niagara region spotters in Albion, Orleans County, expect less than 15 percent color change this weekend; green remains the predominant color.

Other reports around the state expect 10 percent or less color change this weekend.

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze - Photo Courtesy of Historic Hudson Valley

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