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Week of October 21-27, 2020
Finger Lakes, Hudson Valley, and Greater Niagara regions reaching peak
This is the seventh 2020 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 public health and safety guidelines, including wearing a face covering and maintaining appropriate social distancing. Click here for more information on New York's response to COVID-19, including travel restrictions.
Picturesque fall colors continue their progression across New York State, with vibrant peak foliage emerging in the middle and lower Hudson Valley toward New York City and Long Island, as well as into many areas of the Finger Lakes and Greater Niagara region, according to volunteer observers for Empire State Development’s I LOVE NY program.
In the Adirondacks, Warren County will be past-peak this weekend, according to spotters in Lake George and Queensbury. Beautiful, vibrant shades of orange and yellow remain. Foliage is now past-peak in the Crown Point area around Lake Champlain. There are some lingering patches of color on the eastern facing slopes of the nearby Adirondack Mountains. Ticonderoga will be past-peak with some remaining splashes of red, yellow, and purple mixed in with the evergreens. In Hamilton County, foliage will be past-peak around Lake Pleasant with mostly orange leaves and a few shades of yellow.
In the Capital-Saratoga region, Albany County spotters near the Cohoes Falls predict more than 90% color change and peak to past-peak conditions this weekend with gold, yellow, orange, and burgundy leaves, along with some brilliant spots of red. Reports from Altamont along the Helderberg Escarpment predict past-peak foliage with just near-total change, while at nearby Thacher State Park in Voorheesville, spotters project 95% change and brilliant just-past-peak leaves.
In the Catskills, reports from the higher elevations of Greene County in Windham, Hunter, Tannersville, and Catskill Park predict past-peak foliage for the weekend. Leaves are still vibrant and include shades of red, orange, yellow, and purple. Look for more color and some pockets of peak foliage in elevations below 1,200 feet. Delaware County is now past-peak, according to spotters in Bovina, with some spots of yellow and gold leaves remaining on the mountains. In Sullivan County, spotters in Forestburgh report that foliage is now past-peak but still bright and beautiful, with red, yellow, orange, plum, and pumpkin leaves.
In Central New York, Oneida County spotters from Utica expect peak foliage this weekend with shades of yellow-green, orange, and red leaves along with some leaf droppage. Color change will be nearly complete in Otsego County and foliage will be nearing the end of peak stage, according to reports from Cooperstown and Oneonta. Madison County spotters from the Fenner Renewable Energy Education Center predict nearly complete leaf change, with conditions across the county ranging from peak to just-past-peak.
In Montgomery County, foliage will be past-peak this weekend, according to spotters at Schoharie State Crossing Historic Site. Average-to-bright yellow and orange leaves dominate the landscape, despite significant leaf droppage. Schoharie County spotters reporting from Middleburgh expect nearly complete change and past-peak foliage with plenty of bright red remaining.
In the Chautauqua-Allegheny region, Chautauqua County spotters at Chautauqua Institution expect peak foliage this weekend, with 65% change and a mix of fall shades.
In the Finger Lakes, reports from Auburn in Cayuga County predict 90% color change by the weekend with brilliant peak leaves expected. Chemung County reports from Elmira anticipate peak conditions with 85% color change and bright, deep shades of red and gold. In Monroe County, foliage is reaching peak earlier this year than last. South of Rochester, spotters in the Town of Brighton predict peak-to-past-peak foliage this weekend. While leaves are beginning to fade, lose brilliance, and drop, beautiful clusters of orange, yellow, and red-leaf trees can still be found. North of Rochester, spotters in Greece are calling for peak-to-past-peak foliage. Look for a colorful blend of seasonal hues amid some remaining green. The most vivid colors can be found south and west of Rochester, and away from Lake Ontario. Peak foliage will arrive in Wayne County, according to spotters in Lyons, with a mix of average-to-bright red, green, and orange leaves.
In Onondaga County, spotters reporting from Green Lakes State Park predict 90% color change and peak color with very brilliant orange, red, purple, and gold leaves. Spotters reporting from Syracuse University in Syracuse predict up to 80% change. Some peak foliage remains in Ontario County, according to spotters based in Canandaigua who predict 75%. Schuyler County foliage spotters reporting in Watkins Glen and Montour Falls predict peak leaves this weekend, with 90% change and rich and varied golds, oranges, purples, and reds, plus hints of green and chartreuse. Spotters from Rushville in Ontario County predict peak foliage with 85% color change and brilliant yellow, red and burgundy leaves. In Seneca County, spotters reporting from Waterloo, Seneca Falls, and Seneca Lake predict peak foliage remaining through the weekend with 85% change and bright red and orange leaves.
Steuben County spotters around Corning, Hammondsport, and Hornell predict just-past-peak foliage this weekend, with nearly complete color change and average-to-bright gold, yellow, and copper leaves. In Tompkins County, Ithaca should see past-peak foliage with 90% color change and average-to-bright seasonal shades, and the greatest variety of colors around Cayuga Lake.
In the Greater Niagara region, Niagara County spotters reporting from Niagara Falls predict that peak foliage will continue through the weekend, with 85% change and bright yellow and orange leaves. In Lewiston, spotters predict full autumn color this weekend with 90% transition and brilliant peak leaves. Orleans County near Albion expects 65% change and near-peak foliage, despite significant leaf droppage. In Genesee County, Batavia spotters expect peak foliage and nearly complete color change.
Foliage will be past-peak this weekend in Buffalo and the surrounding areas of Erie County. Expected leaf change will be around 80% with some bright orange, yellow, red, and plum leaves. There has been significant leaf droppage, accelerated by rain and wind. Spotters in East Aurora expect nearly 90% change and past-peak foliage. Foliage change is complete in the Springville and Boston areas of the county, but there are still be some muted red and orange leaves. In Wyoming County, reports from Warsaw predict nearly complete color change and past-peak foliage but note that many trees are bare.
In the Hudson Valley, peak colors are expected through the weekend in Orange County, according to spotters in Goshen, who predict 85% change with fiery oranges and brilliant shades of gold. In Cornwall-on-Hudson at Storm King Art Center, foliage will be peak to just-past-peak highlighted by bright, beautiful orange and yellow leaves. New City spotters in Rockland County expect near-peak foliage with 65% color change and brilliant yellow, orange, red and purple leaves. At Bear Mountain, 75% foliage change is projected; there is still green with some various shades of red, yellow, and gold in some areas.
Putnam County spotters in Cold Spring predict 60% color change and near-peak foliage this weekend, with bright yellow, red, orange, and purple leaves. Colors are emerging rapidly, particularly in the surrounding hills and banks of the Hudson River, which are filling in with specular autumn hues. Look for exceptional colors on display along Route 9, Route 301, and the Taconic State Parkway. Reports from White Plains expect Westchester County will be near peak with more than 60% color change and average-to-bright shades of red, orange, gold, and purple.
Look for a mix of peak and past-peak foliage this weekend in Columbia County, according to spotters in Hudson. Leaf change will range from 85-100% and feature a vibrant mix of oranges, golds and yellows, along with sporadic reds. Dutchess County will see a mix of peak and past-peak foliage in Poughkeepsie, with 80% change and a significant increase in color along the Hudson River. In Beacon, spotters predict 75% change and peak foliage with a significant increase in color on the nearby mountains. In Ulster County, Kingston leaf peepers project 95% color change and peak to just-past-peak leaves.
On Long Island, foliage change in Nassau County and western Suffolk County is projected to continue at midpoint through this weekend, with about 50-60% of trees displaying some degree of change. Parks and parkways are showing some color at various stages, while small patches of near-peak color have been reported at the Bethpage State Park golf course and at Sunken Meadow State Park in Kings Park. However, some trees are turning directly from green to brown.
Nassau County spotters from Old Westbury predict 35% color change with muted lime green, yellow and brown leaves. Reports from Hempstead Lake State Park predict more than 60% change and mostly yellow and red leaves, while spotters at Valley Stream State Park predict 20% change. Look for seasonal yellow, orange, red, purple, and brown leaves, in addition to many green leaves. Spotters reporting from Tanger Outlets in Riverhead, Suffolk County, predict 60% change and near-peak leaves.
In New York City, conditions will range from just changing to midpoint of change. In the Bronx, spotters reporting from Morris Park predict almost 45% color change with mostly yellow and orange leaves, along with some emerging red leaves. Foliage change will be a little over 50% around Washington Square Park in Manhattan with muted yellows and greens. In Queens, spotters in Woodhaven predict 50% change. Similarly, on Staten Island, spotters in Snug Harbor and at Clove Lakes Park predict 50% change with touches of red, orange, and yellow. Brooklyn spotters reporting from Gowanus expect 20% change and touches of yellow.
In the Thousand Islands-Seaway region, foliage will be past-peak in Oswego County, according to spotters in the City of Oswego. Leaves are falling following recent rain and wind, but many trees still boast vivid seasonal colors including bright gold and pumpkin, and subtle pink and plum hues.