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Week of October 20-26, 2021
Peak Colors Also Anticipated in Parts of Every Upstate Region
This is the seventh 2021 I LOVE NY Fall Foliage Report for New York State. Reports are obtained from volunteer field observers and reflect expected color conditions for the coming weekend. Reports are issued every Wednesday afternoon. I LOVE NY urges travelers to follow all COVID-related public health and safety guidelines while enjoying the foliage this season. Visitors should call ahead and check websites and social media to make sure attractions are open and available. More information on New York State travel and COVID-19 is available here.
Colorful peak foliage will be found throughout most of the Capital-Saratoga and Thousand Island-Seaway regions this weekend, along with parts of the Hudson Valley, Chautauqua-Allegheny, Greater Niagara, Finger Lakes, Adirondacks, Catskills, and Central New York regions. That is according to reports compiled by volunteer field observers for Empire State Development’s I LOVE NY program. I LOVE NY defines "peak" as the best overall appearance the foliage will have during the season, taking into account color transition, brilliance, and leaf droppage. Foliage change has been uneven this season and travelers may find that some areas classified as peak and near-peak contain an abundance of green leaves.
Peak foliage will arrive throughout most of the Capital-Saratoga region. Spotters reporting from eastern Rensselaer County predict peak conditions, with 75% color change and plenty of bright yellow, orange-red, and red leaves, along with some remaining green, and significant leaf droppage in the higher elevations. In Albany County, peak foliage will envelop the higher elevations of the Voorheesville area with 85-90% color change, and bright shades of red and gold. Reports from Cohoes Falls and I-787 toward Albany expect peak foliage with up to 70-75% color change and an average mix of gold, yellow, dark red, and red leaves. Near-peak to peak foliage is expected in Saratoga County around Saratoga Springs, with bright yellow, amber, red and orange leaves. Foliage will be just-past-peak in Fulton County, according to spotters at Great Sacandaga Lake. Expect 85% color change and average shades of yellow and orange with some deep reds mixed in, along with significant leaf droppage.
In the Thousand Islands-Seaway region, peak foliage will arrive in Oswego County this weekend. Expect 90% color change and average shades of red and orange in the northern portion of the county. Points south can expect average shades of red, orange, and yellow replacing the remaining green. Jefferson County spotters reporting from Wellesley Island and inland project peak foliage with nearly complete leaf transformation and a full range of brilliant fall colors. Many maples have yet to peak while other species have fully dropped their canopy. St. Lawrence County volunteers in Madrid predict peak foliage and more than 90% color change with bright yellow, orange, and red leaves.
In the Adirondacks, Essex County spotters in the Crown Point area predict near-peak to peak foliage, with 60-75% color change and muted to average shades of gold, along with some greens and rusts, and occasional splashes of orange and red. Ticonderoga observers predict 75% color change with just-past-peak vivid yellow and orange leaves. Foliage will be past peak, but still bright and beautiful around Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, with 90% color change, and orange and yellow leaves. Ticonderoga spotters predict that foliage will be past peak with 75% color change and vivid yellow, orange, and green leaves.
In Warren County, peak conditions are expected in Queensbury, where rapidly transitioning leaves will be more than 95% changed with brilliant shades of red, orange, and yellow. Further north, foliage will be just-past-peak in Lake George, with muted seasonal colors.
Foliage will be past peak in the Lake Pleasant area of Hamilton County. Look for complete leaf change, and yellow and orange leaves of average brilliance. In Herkimer County, the Old Forge area will be past peak with nearly complete leaf change and significant droppage. Look for predominate gold and orange leaves of average brilliance, along with shades of yellow, and some reds and light greens mixed in. St. Lawrence County spotters in South Colton at Snow Bowl State Forest expect foliage to be past peak, with 80% color change and bright yellow leaves.
This weekend in the Catskills, look for a mix of foliage conditions in Greene County, with average-to-bright yellow, orange, and red leaves. Riverside areas will be near-peak, while valley areas will be at peak, and mountain towns will be past-peak. Sullivan County spotters reporting from Callicoon along the Delaware River predict peak foliage, with yellow, red, and orange leaves of average brilliance, despite significant leaf droppage. Volunteers reporting from Forestburgh, about 20 miles from Port Jervis, expect foliage to be past-peak, with 90% color change and bright oranges and yellows, along with bursts of red. A mix of peak and past-peak conditions are expected in the West Shokan area of Ulster County, showcasing nearly complete leaf change with average to bright shades of red and yellow, along with some purple leaves. Near-peak foliage is expected in Kingston with 60% color change and green, yellow, red, and brown leaves of average brilliance, along with significant droppage. Wind and rain have taken a toll on the leaves at Belleayre Mountain Ski Center in Highmount, which will see past-peak conditions and nearly complete leaf change, with orange-yellow leaves of average brilliance.
In Central New York, Norwich spotters in Chenango County are predicting peak foliage this weekend with near-total leaf change, and mostly yellow and orange leaves of average brilliance, along with some brown and touches of red. Significant leaf droppage has been noted. Foliage will be 60% changed and near-peak in Schoharie County around Cobleskill, with yellow and orange leaves of average brilliance. Reports from Utica predict that foliage will be at midpoint of change, with 60% color transition, and muted to average orange and yellow leaves, along with touches of red. Otsego County volunteers in Cooperstown expect just-past-peak foliage, as wind and rain have knocked down many leaves over the past week. Visitors can expect average shades of yellow and brown, along with a few reds and some remaining green.
Foliage will be just-past-peak in Montgomery County, according to spotters at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site in Fort Hunter. Look for 85% color change and average shades of yellow and orange with some deep reds mixed in, along with leaf droppage. Other reporting stations in the region are now past-peak. In Broome County, leaves will be past-peak in Binghamton, which has experienced significant leaf droppage. Look for 70% transition with red, yellow, orange, and green leaves of average brilliance. Leaves will also be past-peak in Madison County, with more than 70% leaf change and average-to-bright shades of orange and yellow.
In the Chautauqua-Allegheny region, Chautauqua County reports from Chautauqua predict near-peak to peak conditions this weekend, with 70% color change and brilliant shades of yellow, orange, and red. Northern Chautauqua County along Lake Erie is a little behind and not as close to peak as the southern portion in the Chautauqua Lake area. Cattaraugus County foliage will be past-peak this weekend. In Little Valley, look for 80% color change with mostly yellow and brown leaves of average brilliance, along with a few orange leaves on oaks and significant leaf droppage. At Allegany State Park in Salamanca, foliage will be past-peak with 65% color transition and muted yellow and orange leaves. The park’s oaks are just starting to change color, but many of the other trees have shed their leaves.
In the Greater Niagara region, peak foliage will arrive in parts of Erie County this weekend. Spotters in East Aurora predict peak leaves with 60% color change and muted shades of yellow and orange. Leaves will be near-peak in the Buffalo area, with 50% change and a mix of gold, rust, and plum leaves, along with some emerging reds and oranges. Foliage will be near-peak to peak in the southeastern portion of the county, according to observers in Springville, who predict 80% color change with mostly muted yellow leaves. In Genesee County, reports from Byron predict more than 45% color change and midpoint conditions, with orange leaves of average brilliance. Niagara County should be at midpoint to near-peak in the Niagara Falls area with 60% color change and bright shades of red and orange. Lewiston spotters predict foliage will be at midpoint of change with up to 60% leaf transition. Volunteers from Warsaw in Wyoming County expect near-peak foliage, with more than 50% color change and average-to-bright yellow, red, and green leaves.
In the Finger Lakes, foliage will be at peak in Steuben County around Corning, with 90% color change and average to bright shades of red, gold and yellow. In Tompkins County, reports from Ithaca predict 65% leaf change and mostly peak foliage with muted to average shades of red, purple, orange, yellow, and brown, and a significant amount of leaf droppage. Foliage progression in the county depends on location, with the northern portion projected to be at peak or just-past-peak, the western portion at peak, the southern portion near-peak, and a just-past-peak to the east.
In Chemung County, Elmira spotters are expecting near-peak foliage with more than 55% color change, featuring yellow and green leaves, along with some emerging shades of red. In Monroe County, near-peak foliage is anticipated in the Rochester suburb of Greece, with 70% color change and an average to bright blend of green, red, orange, and yellow leaves, along with some droppage. Colors continue to be more vivid in areas east, south, and west of Lake Ontario. In Ontario County, reports from Canandaigua predict near-peak conditions with more than 50% leaf transition and mostly red and yellow leaves of average brilliance. Volunteers in Rushville reporting from Marcus Whitman Middle School expect foliage at midpoint of change, with 25% transition and bright green, yellow, and orange leaves.
Cayuga County observers in Auburn predict leaves will be at midpoint of change with up to 60% color transition, showcasing muted-to-average gold and red shades. Wayne County reports from Lyons expect foliage to be at midpoint of change with 60% change and muted red and orange leaves overtaking the green. Midpoint of change is also expected in Tioga County near Owego, with 60% transition and red, brown, yellow, and green leaves of average brilliance. Schuyler County volunteers from Watkins Glen and Montour Falls predict foliage at midpoint of change, with 55% color transition and increasing gold leaves of average brilliance. Foliage will also be at midpoint of change in Yates County, where spotters are predicting 50% transition highlighted by yellow, orange, and green leaves of average brilliance. In Onondaga County, Syracuse spotters at Burnet Park expect foliage to be nearing midpoint of change this weekend, with 40% transition and average-to-bright red and yellow leaves emerging.
In the Hudson Valley, peak foliage will arrive in Columbia County this weekend, according to spotters in Hudson. Look for 85% color change with bright shades of gold and yellow. Peak conditions are expected in Dutchess County around Poughkeepsie, with 75% change and brilliant yellow and orange leaves, along with some touches of red and green. Spotters in Beacon and Fishkill predict near-peak foliage with more than 50% transition and increasing amounts of yellow and red leaves of average brilliance. Throughout Orange County, foliage will be at midpoint of change. Spotters predict 50% change and seasonal colors of average brilliance in Newburgh, and 40% color change and average-to-bright green, yellow, and orange leaves in Goshen. Spotters in Cornwall-on-Hudson are expecting 30% color transition with increasing touches of yellow and red leaves of average brilliance.
Midpoint to near-peak foliage is expected in Westchester County, according to volunteers in White Plains. Visitors can expect up to 60% color change and bright green, red, and yellow leaves. Rockland County foliage is around midpoint of change at Bear Mountain State Park, with about 50% leaf transition. Foliage will also be at midpoint of change in New City, with 50% change and bright green, red, orange, and yellow leaves. Putnam County spotters in Cold Spring report about 15% change and muted golden yellow leaves, along with some touches of red and orange.
On Long Island, spotters are reporting about 50% color change in East Meadow, and along roadways and at parks in Nassau and western Suffolk Counties. Some areas are just beginning to change, while other patches are near or at peak. Look for yellow, gold, orange, red, purple, rust, and green leaves of average brilliance. The Long Island Expressway and parkways, including Northern State, Southern State, Meadowbrook, Wantagh, Bethpage, Sunken Meadow and Sagtikos, are still mostly green but could be midpoint by the weekend. Seasonal colors should be nice on stretches of both the Wantagh and Meadowbrook Parkways from the Southern State Parkway south to Merrick Road. Trees surrounding ponds and lakes are expected to be near or at peak by the weekend. Mill Pond Park in Wantagh and the lake area at Belmont Lake State Park in West Babylon are both near-peak, and may be at peak for the coming weekend. Bethpage State Park is still mostly green with some change expected by the weekend, although there is already some color on the trees around the golf course parking lots.
Nassau County reports from Hempstead Lake State Park predict midpoint to near-peak foliage this weekend, with 60% color change and gorgeous crimson reds mixed with rich brown and golden yellow leaves. At Valley Stream State Park, volunteers predict just 20% foliage change with yellow leaves emerging.
Suffolk County observers reporting from Sunken Meadow State Park on the north shore in the Town of Smithtown predict that foliage will reach midpoint of change this weekend, with 50% color transition and an increasing amount of yellow and red leaves of average brilliance. Reports from the Tanger Outlet Center in Riverhead predict that leaves will be at midpoint of change, with 40% color transition and green, yellow, and orange leaves of average brilliance. Observers on Shelter Island expect about 15% color change with a few fall colors of average brilliance emerging, while spotters in Montauk Point in The Hamptons predict less than 10% color change, with hints of muted reds and oranges.
In New York City, Staten Island volunteers in Snug Harbor and Willowbrook Park predict 40% change this weekend, with muted to average red, yellow, and orange leaves, along with some droppage. Brooklyn volunteers reporting from Greenwood Cemetery in the western portion of the borough predict 35% transition with mostly green leaves and emerging shades of orange and red. Spotters in the DUMBO area expect a little less than 30% color change with muted yellow leaves, along with touches of red. Observers in Williamsburg and Greenpoint predict 20% change, with average to bright honey, paprika, and lemon highlights amid mostly green leaves. Bronx spotters in Morris Park project 25% change and midpoint conditions, with average shades of red and yellow, while Manhattan observers on the Upper West Side anticipate 20% change and red leaves of average brilliance.