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Week of September 30-October 6, 2020
Near-peak colors also expected in many Upstate regions
This is the fourth 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.
Spectacular peak fall foliage will make its first appearances in New York State this weekend in many areas of the Adirondacks and Catskills, as well as a portion of the Thousand Islands-Seaway region. Leaves are rapidly changing color following days and nights of cooler weather, according to volunteer observers for the Empire State Development Division of Tourism’s I LOVE NY program.
In the Adirondacks, near Tupper Lake and Mt. Arab in Franklin County, spotters predict 80-85% color change with peak to some just-past-peak conditions. Look for a lush kaleidoscope of dandelion. goldenrod, ginger, russet, orange crush, scarlet, raspberry, claret, and merlot leaves of above-average brilliance. Reports note that with no frosty nights and pleasant temperatures (and barring damaging rain), the foliage in the area will continue to be breathtaking through the weekend. Saranac Lake can expect peak conditions with more than 85% change and amazingly bright shades of red, gold, and yellow. Leaves changed very quickly last week, but there is still plenty of great color. Malone should be at peak with more than 90% color change. The quickly changing leaves include gorgeous splashes of both deep and bright reds and oranges, and white birch trees bursting with brilliant yellow foliage.
In Essex County, spotters in Lake Placid predict peak foliage this weekend, with almost complete color change and brilliant shades of red, yellow and orange. At Whiteface Mountain, reports are calling for peak foliage with 70% color change and exceptionally brilliant reds and oranges, along with some bright yellows and touches of purple. The areas around the mountain can also expect peak conditions, with very brilliant shades of red and yellow. Reports from Newcomb predict 70% change and peak conditions with bright shades of red mixed in with oranges and yellows. In Hamilton County, look for nearly complete change and peak conditions around Lake Pleasant. Leaves are rapidly changing, with very bright shades of red and orange. Spotters reporting from Old Forge in Herkimer County expect more than 85% color change with peak foliage including bright oranges and reds, and many splashes of brilliant yellow. Strong golds and burgundy are holding steady.
Foliage change is coming on strong in the Crown Point area around Lake Champlain, with at least 65% transition predicted for this weekend. Look for a full range of brilliant yellows, oranges, reds, and purples. In Ticonderoga, reports predict nearly 70% change with a beautiful mix of brilliant yellow, orange, and red leaves. Warren County spotters in Queensbury predict 65% change and near-peak foliage with yellow, red, and purple leaves quickly overtaking the remaining green. Expect 60-65% color change north of the Town of Lake George, with fiery red maples, golden yellows, burnt orange, and some burgundy leaves, while color change south of the town should be around midpoint with more than 50% transition and especially vibrant shades of red, orange and yellow. Clinton County reports from Plattsburgh also expect more than 50% color change with bright reds, yellows, and oranges.
In the Capital-Saratoga region, Fulton County spotters at Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center in Northville predict 80% foliage change with a mix of bright yellow, orange and red leaves. Spotters reporting from Historic Hotel Broadalbin in Broadalbin predict at least 50% color change with very bright orange and yellow leaves along with brilliant pops of red. In the City of Saratoga Springs in Saratoga County, except more than 50% change with bright reds, yellows and oranges, along with ambers and greens. Albany County spotters reporting from Altamont along the Helderberg Escarpment predict more than 50% change this weekend, as leaves rapidly transition to bright fall hues of orange and red. At Thacher State Park in Voorheesville, spotters anticipate 40% or more leaf change by the weekend with bright red and yellow leaves. Areas near the Cohoes Falls in Cohoes should see about 40% color change with gold, yellow and orange leaves. Rensselaer County spotters in Rensselaer and Troy predict 50% change with orange, yellow and red leaves, while Greenwich in Washington County will eclipse 55% change with near-peak foliage and bright shades of red and yellow.
Peak foliage is anticipated this weekend in the Catskills. Delaware County spotters from Andes predict 80% or more color change and peak conditions with plenty of brilliant shades of red, purple, and yellow. Spotters in Bovina predict 90% color change and peak foliage with plenty of red, yellow, orange, and purple/brown leaves. In Greene County, reports from above 1500’ in Windham, Hunter, and Haines Falls predict peak conditions and leaves will be 90% changed with very brilliant red, yellow and purple leaves. Catskill spotters project peak foliage with 90% color change, with very brilliant and rapidly changing shades of red, yellow, and orange. Sullivan County spotters in the Village of Liberty expect peak foliage with 65% or more transition and very bright scarlet reds, vibrant yellows, and amber oranges. The southeast portion of the county near Forestburgh can expect 55% change with bright swaths of red, orange, yellow, and wine leaves. Spotters at Belleayre Mountain in Ulster County anticipate 50% change with bright red, yellow, and orange leaves, while spotters in West Shokan expect 50% change highlighted by very bright yellow leaves and touches of vibrant red.
In Central New York, Chenango County spotters in Norwich predict 75% color change this weekend, with near-peak foliage showcasing very brilliant reds, yellows, and purples. Schoharie County spotters around Middleburgh expect up to 75% change and near-peak conditions, with bright yellow, red, rust, and orange leaves. Look for more color in the southern part of the county. Color transition is rapidly increasing in Broome County, where reports from Binghamton predict more than 55% change and near-peak leaves. Look for very bright red, orange and yellow leaves. Reports from Cooperstown and Oneonta in Otsego County predict as much as 55% change and bright shades of red, yellow, and orange. Montgomery County is expected to be at least 35% color changed, according to reports from Yankee Hill and Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site, with rapidly emerging oranges and yellows, along with sumac reds beginning to shine. Madison County spotters reporting from Stone Quarry Hill Art Park near Cazenovia predict up to 40% leaf change with beautiful, very brilliant shades of red, orange, and yellow. Oneida County spotters from Utica expect 40-50% change this weekend, with shades of orange and red.
In the Chautauqua-Allegheny region, Cattaraugus County spotters in Ellicottville predict up to 55% color change with very brilliant shades of yellow and orange and bright pops of red. Spotters at Allegany State Park in Salamanca predict 50-60% change and near-peak foliage. The leaves in the park have changed almost overnight after five mornings of frost last week. Maple leaves are very bright with yellow, orange, and some traces of red, while there is still some green coloring on the oaks. Spotters reporting from Lime Lake in the Town of Machias predict more than 25% change with touches of red. In Chautauqua County, spotters at Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua expect a 40% transition with bright red and purple leaves, along with some yellow.
In the Finger Lakes, Livingston County spotters in Geneseo expect more than 50% color change this weekend with midpoint to near-peak foliage, highlighted by brilliant shades of red and orange. Look for breathtaking views along I-390 from Rochester to the Pennsylvania border. Chemung County reports from Elmira anticipate at least a 45% change, with bright pops of red, orange, and yellow quickly appearing. The City of Cortland in Cortland County can expect a 50% transition, with average to bright red and yellow leaves overtaking the remaining green. Tioga County spotters in Owego expect up to 50% change, with average-to-bright shades of yellow, orange, and red.
In Tompkins County, the Ithaca area will see about 50% leaf change with average-to-bright shades of yellow and orange, along with a wide range of reds, and the amount of color change in the county varying. Foliage in Wayne County will be at the midpoint of change by the weekend, with 50% transition and average-bright red, green, and orange leaves in Lyons. In Yates County, reports from Penn Yan predict a rapid change with 40% transition and bright orange, red and yellow. In Cayuga County, reports from Auburn predict about 50% change with bright red and yellow leaves, while spotters from Fair Haven expect more than 35% change and golden yellow leaves, along with shades of orange and red.
Monroe County spotters in the Town of Brighton just south of Rochester predict up to 30% color change—some maples are completely red while others are a combination of green with early hints of red. Sassafras trees have red regular leaves, but the mitten-shaped leaves are still green. Silver maples and locust trees especially are turning yellow, along with hackberry and pig-nut hickory trees, and some poplars are turning yellow at the treetops. North of Rochester, reports from Greece predict 35-40% transition. Bright yellow and olive leaves have generally taken over, and more patches of brilliant red and orange leaves emerging, and several trees with both green and dark red leaves. The colors are more visible south and west of the city, rather than close to Lake Ontario.
Green Lakes in Onondaga County should see more than 30% color change with average-to-bright shades of orange and red, along with some yellow. Ontario County foliage spotters based in Canandaigua report that most of the county will be 50% changed this weekend, with average to bright yellow and red leaves. Leaf change is accelerating, with more change reported in the southern part of the county, including areas around Bristol. In Schuyler County, spotters near Watkins Glen and Montour Falls predict 35% change with vibrant shades of gold, red, and orange. In Ontario County, reports from Rushville predict 55% color change and plenty of average-to-bright red, yellow, orange, and burgundy leaves. Spotters reporting from Seneca Falls and Lodi in Seneca County predict 45% transition, with orange and red leaves, and reports from Waterloo predict 50% change and bright, beautiful shades of gold, crimson, and copper. Steuben County spotters reporting from Corning, Hammondsport, and Hornell predict up to 60% transition with bright to brilliant red, burgundy, orange, gold, and yellow leaves.
In the Greater Niagara region, Wyoming County reports from Warsaw predict 70% color change and near-peak conditions, with bright red, orange, and yellow leaves. Foliage will be around midpoint of change this weekend in Buffalo and the surrounding areas of Erie County. Look for 30% transition with bright golden yellow, red, and purple leaves. South of Buffalo is changing a bit faster than north of the city.
Spotters in East Aurora expect 40% change by the weekend, with gorgeous bright yellow-orange and red leaves. Reports from Springville predict 50% change with brilliant orange and red leaves. Niagara County spotters from Niagara Falls predict up to 30% transition, with bright shades of red, yellow, and orange. Lewiston spotters expect 25-35% change with yellow and bright red leaves. Spotters in Orleans County reporting from Albion expect just 20% color change, with mostly green leaves and touches of red and yellow.
In the Hudson Valley, color change is coming on strong in Dutchess County, with more than 50% transition and midpoint to near-peak foliage predicted for this weekend, according to spotters in Poughkeepsie. Bright oranges and yellows are rapidly overtaking the green leaves, with the greatest amount of transition in higher elevations. In Beacon, spotters predict 40% color change with bright shades of yellow and red. Expect 50% change and very bright leaves of red, orange, and yellow in Columbia County, according to spotters in the City of Hudson. In Ulster County, Kingston leaf peepers project up to 60% transition with bright and vibrant shades of red, purple, and orange. In Rockland County, New City spotters predict 35% change with bright orange and yellow leaves. Orange County reports from Goshen expect change to be 30% this weekend, with bright pops of red, orange, and yellow. In Putnam County, spotters in Cold Spring predict about 10% change, with bright green, yellow and red leaves. Westchester County will also see only about 10% change, with touches of red, yellow, and orange, according to spotters in White Plains.
On Long Island, spotters from East Meadow in Nassau County expect about 5% color change this weekend, with some yellow, red, and brown leaves. Most of the county is still green, including the parkways. Some change is expected in select areas, including trees bordering lakes and ponds. Spotters around Manhasset predict only about 5% change and some fall colors just beginning to appear. Reports from Hempstead Lake State Park in Hempstead predict a little more than 10% change with average-bright pops of yellow and red. Spotters checking in from Valley Stream State Park in Valley Stream predict 5-10% change, with bright, mostly green leaves, along with touches of red. Suffolk County spotters reporting from the Tanger Outlets in Riverhead predict about 10% transition and still mostly green leaves.
In New York City, the leaves are just beginning to change. Brooklyn spotters reporting from Gowanus expect 10% color change with touches of yellow. Spotters from Chelsea in Manhattan predict a little more than 20% change by the with touches of yellow and red emerging. Spotters at Washington Square Park predict 20% or more change with some muted shades of yellow.
In the Thousand Islands-Seaway region, look for 90% color change and near-peak to peak foliage with a full spectrum of brilliant fall colors in Alexandria Bay in Jefferson County. Maples are coming on strong as well as burgundy layers of native undergrowth. Watertown reports anticipate nearly 50% change by the weekend, with increasing amounts of bright red and orange leaves. In St. Lawrence County, Canton spotters predict peak foliage with 90% color change and yellow, red, and orange leaves. Spotters in the Oswego County City of Oswego predict up to 50% change as classic autumnal hues more quickly wash across the landscape. The northern and eastern areas of the county are a kaleidoscope of color with bright displays of red, orange, and yellow. Moderate amber, bronze, and purple tones continue to dominate the western edge of the county with increasing pops of red and orange.