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Fall Foliage
Report

Week of September 18-24, 2019

Colorful fall foliage is appearing across most of the state

Color changes reported in...

  • Adirondacks
  • Capital-Saratoga
  • Catskills
  • Central New York
  • Finger Lakes
  • Chautauqua-Allegheny
  • Greater Niagara
  • Thousand Islands-Seaway
  • Hudson Valley

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This is the second 2019 Fall Foliage Report for New York State. Reports are obtained from volunteer field observers and reflect expected color conditions for the coming weekend. Fall Foliage Reports are issued every Wednesday afternoon.

New York State’s picturesque fall foliage is progressing, with all regions north and west of New York City reporting that significant foliage changes are expected this weekend. Observers from the Empire State Development Division of Tourism’s I LOVE NY program report changes in the Adirondacks, Capital-Saratoga, Catskills, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Chautauqua-Allegheny, Greater Niagara, Thousand Islands-Seaway, and Hudson Valley regions.

More Color Reports
  • Adirondacks

    In the Adirondacks, foliage will be reaching midpoint of change this weekend in some parts of Franklin County with significant color changes projected for Tupper Lake. Look for foliage near midpoint of change with 40% color transition featuring shades of rhubarb, goldenrod, maize, pumpkin, russet, cranberry, and crimson. In Saranac Lake, observers expect the leaves to be around midpoint of change by the weekend. Look for 35% color change with red maples showing their vibrant red leaves and sugar maples starting to turn various hues of yellow and orange. Color progression is slightly slower in Malone, where reports anticipate about 25% change with green, yellow, and some red leaves of average brilliance.

    In the Herkimer County hamlet of Old Forge, leaves are expected to be at midpoint of change this weekend with 45% color transition and bright shades of red, yellow, and some orange. In Hamilton County, observers in Lake Pleasant anticipate 30% color change with yellow and orange foliage in various shades, along with some vibrant red.

    In Essex County, foliage observers in Ticonderoga anticipate up to 25% color change by the weekend with color changes beginning in about half of the trees. Look for some red, yellow, and orange leaves of average brilliance. Lake Placid should experience 20% color change this weekend with red and gold beginning to appear over the primarily green backdrop. Observers at Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington also expect 20% change, with red and gold leaves of average brilliance. In nearby Willsboro, foliage progression has been slower, with 10-15% color change this weekend, highlighted by bright pops of red and purple appearing across the landscape. Crown Point observers expect less than 10% color transition by the weekend with muted golds and rusts emerging. Look for about 10% color change in northern Warren County with shades of yellow. The southern part of the county is at about 5% change, along with areas surrounding Schroon Lake. In the Adirondacks portion of St. Lawrence County, expect 15% change with some red, mauve, and orange leaves of average brilliance.

  • Capital-Saratoga

    In the Capital-Saratoga region, Fulton County observers at Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center in Northville anticipate 20-25% color change by the weekend with areas of red and touches of orange-yellow appearing. In Gloversville, expect 10% color change with subdued shades of yellow and red appearing. Foliage observers reporting from Rensselaer County anticipate 10-15% color change this weekend with some brilliant patches of deep red, light yellow, and orange showing on some trees and shrubs. In Albany County, reports from Thacher State Park in Voorheesville expect 5-10% color change this weekend with average-to-bright touches of yellow. Expect 5-10% color change this weekend around Cohoes with yellow leaves of average brilliance. In Saratoga County, look for up to 10% color change this weekend with a mix of fall hues emerging.

  • Catskills

    In the Catskills, Sullivan County spotters reporting from Forestburgh expect 25% foliage change with red, yellow, orange, wine and peach leaves of average brilliance. In Ferndale, anticipate 25% color change with touches of red and yellow leaves emerging from the green backdrop. In the Greene County hamlet of Leeds, foliage is changing quickly, with yellow, red, and orange leaves of average brilliance. Look for 5-10% change in the county’s valley and river towns. Spotters reporting from above 1,500 feet in the Windham/Hunter/Lexington area expect about 15% color change with touches of red and yellow appearing on the maple and ash trees. In Ulster County, foliage spotters reporting from Belleayre Mountain anticipate 10% color transition with some small patches of red, yellow, and orange leaves of average brilliance appearing. Foliage observers reporting from Kingston estimate that up to 10% of the leaves will be changed by the weekend, with some isolated touches of color, including various shades of yellow emerging.

  • Central New York

    In Central New York, Oneida County observers in Utica project about 15% color change with yellow, orange, and red leaves of average brilliance. In Binghamton, Broome County observers anticipate 15% change with touches of muted red, yellow, and light green leaves. Montgomery County observers reporting from Fort Hunter State Historic Site anticipate 10% color change with shades of yellow and red. Spotters reporting from Cooperstown in Otsego County expect just under 10% color change this weekend, with a small number of trees starting to show yellow leaves in higher elevations. Chenango County reports from Norwich anticipate less than 10% leaf change by this weekend with a mix of muted yellow and burnt orange leaves. In southern Herkimer County, foliage change will remain low this weekend with around 5% transition and some yellow leaves of average brilliance, according to observers in Mohawk. Madison County foliage spotters reporting from Chittenango Falls State Park in Cazenovia anticipate 5% color change this weekend with yellow leaves and some red and orange leaves of average brilliance.

  • Finger Lakes

    In the Finger Lakes, Onondaga County spotters reporting from Green Lakes State Park in Fayetteville project color changes of 20-30% this weekend. Look for shades of red, touches of purple, and some gold leaves of average brilliance. Reports from the Syracuse University campus anticipate approximately 5% change with a few average-to-bright yellow leaves appearing. Observers in Ontario County expect 10-20% color change this weekend, with the most transition in the southern part of the county around Naples. Look for some yellow and orange leaves beginning to appear.

    Tioga County should see about 15% color change this weekend, according to spotters in Owego. Look for mostly green leaves with some touches of red and yellow leaves of average brilliance. In Cortland County, look for about 10% color change this weekend with touches of red and orange appearing. Color change in Chemung County will remain low this weekend with 5-10% leaf transition and emerging shades of yellow. In Rochester and surrounding communities in Monroe County, less than 10% color change is expected with some red and yellow leaves of average brilliance.

    Foliage change in Livingston County will be about 5% this weekend with some muted fall shades just beginning to appear. Cayuga County foliage spotters based in Auburn anticipate less than 5% color change this weekend with touches of red and yellow leaves just beginning to emerge. In Schuyler County, Watkins Glens foliage observers anticipate just over 5% of the leaves will be changed by the weekend with some hints of yellow beginning to appear. In Yates County, foliage observers expect just up to 5% color change with some bright red leaves in the county’s highest elevated areas. Color change in Ontario County will remain low this weekend at less than 5% transition. 

  • Chautauqua-Allegheny

    In the Chautauqua-Allegheny region, Cattaraugus County foliage spotters reporting from Little Valley project 15% color change this weekend with yellow-green leaves of average brilliance. Shades of bright orange and vibrant red are just beginning to appear. Observers at Allegany State Park in Salamanca estimate that 5-10% of foliage will be changed this weekend. The brilliance is muted and most of the hills are still very green with some of the ends of maple branches starting to show fall color. Chautauqua County observers expect 10-15% color change by this weekend in the northern and southern parts of the county with a touch of red, yellow, and pale orange; mid-county, at a higher elevation, will see changes up to 25%.

  • Greater Niagara

    In the Greater Niagara region, look for 10-15% color change in Wyoming County this weekend, according to spotters in Perry. Leaves are still mostly green, but hints of reds, oranges, and yellows are appearing. In Orleans County, spotters are calling for a little over 10% color change with muted to average touches of red and yellow leaves, along with some orange. Genesee County will see just 5% color change this weekend with some red leaves beginning to appear on treetops, according to spotters in Batavia.

  • Thousand Islands-Seaway

    In the Thousand Islands-Seaway region, up to 25% color change is expected in Jefferson County along the St. Lawrence River in Alexandria Bay. Look for traces of red, yellow, and orange leaves of average brilliance. In Oswego County, expect 10-20% color change by this weekend with some bright pops of orange and red. In St. Lawrence County, observers reporting from Canton expect 10% color change with some touches of orange and yellow leaves of average brilliance.

  • Hudson Valley

    In the Hudson Valley, Columbia County observers in Hudson anticipate 15% color change with hints of orange, yellow, and red leaves of average brilliance appearing. In the Orange County town of Goshen, expect 10-15% color change this weekend, with muted to average shades of yellow and gold beginning to appear, along with some touches of red. In Rockland County, observers reporting from Bear Mountain State Park expect 5% color change with mostly green leaves and a hint of some color in isolated trees and vines. Dutchess County observers in Poughkeepsie expect 5% color change with some yellow and orange leaves of average brilliance. 

 

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