Waterfall along Claverack Creek in Stottville, Columbia County
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Waterfall along Claverack Creek in Stottville, Columbia County
Week of October 23-29, 2019
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This is the seventh 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 and are available on iloveny.com.
Gorgeous peak foliage continues its progression through New York State this weekend, with some of the best fall colors to be found in the Greater Niagara, Finger Lakes, and Hudson Valley regions, according to volunteer observers from the Empire State Development Division of Tourism’s I LOVE NY program.
In the Greater Niagara region, Niagara County reports from Niagara Falls expect foliage to be at peak this weekend with 75% color change and average shades of yellow, orange, and red. Wyoming County spotters in Perry anticipate peak foliage with 80-85% color change and bright shades of red, orange, and yellow. Some trees have no leaves and some areas will be slightly-past-peak. Erie County foliage observers from Buffalo anticipate 65-75% leaf change. Expect peak conditions in the county south of Buffalo and near-peak leaves in city and areas in the county’s northern portion. Red maples are giving off a beautiful shade of red, while other trees are showing brilliant shades of orange, yellow, and burgundy. Oak trees are just starting to change.
In Genesee County, Batavia spotters project near-peak foliage with 80% color change and red and orange leaves of average brilliance, along with shades of purple and brown and a minimal amount of green. In Orleans County, 65% color change and near-peak conditions are expected near Albion. Look for bright shades of red, yellow, and orange among the remaining green.
In the Finger Lakes, Cayuga County spotters in Auburn project 75% leaf change and peak foliage featuring bright yellow, red, and orange leaves. In Chemung County, Elmira observers predict peak conditions by the weekend, with splashes of red among shades of yellow, orange, and green. Ontario County reports from around Canandaigua expect peak foliage with 75% color change. Leaves are bright shades of orange, red, purple, and yellow. Peak foliage will hold through the weekend in Steuben County, according to reports in Corning. Look for 100% color change across the county and bright shades of orange, gold, yellow, and red.
Foliage change picked up speed over the past week in Wayne County, where spotters in Lyons expect peak conditions this weekend. Look for nearly complete color transition and average-to-bright red, yellow, and orange leaves. Tompkins County observers in Ithaca anticipate peak to almost-past-peak foliage, with more than 75% leaf transition by the weekend and leaves in most areas at peak, depending on elevation. Colors are varying shades of yellow, bright orange, and dark red with pockets of bright red. In Livingston County, reports from Geneseo anticipate foliage to be at peak with more than 60% color transition. Look for bright rust, amber, yellow, copper, reddish brown, and some green leaves. Schuyler County observers in Watkins Glen expect foliage to be near-peak this weekend with 70% color change. Fall colors include exceptionally brilliant shades of yellow and light orange. Cortland County reports project 95% color change and just-past-peak foliage with bright red, orange, and yellow leaves.
In Rochester and surrounding areas in Monroe County, look for 55% color change this weekend and near-peak foliage with average-to-bright red, russet, and dark red leaves, along with yellow, orange, and gold tones creating a beautiful glow among plenty of remaining green leaves. North of Rochester, spotters reporting from Greece anticipate 65-75% color change and near-peak foliage by the weekend. Some heavy rains and strong winds have brought down some of the leaves in the area. A recent frost brought out much more color, with more bright yellows showing up, along with bright oranges and reds. Some trees are offering a spectacular combination of bright orange and green. Eastern Onondaga County spotters reporting from Green Lakes State Park in Fayetteville project up to 55% color change for the weekend with bright orange leaves underscored by shades of red and purple. Seneca County observers project that foliage will be at midpoint of change with 50% color transition and a wide variety of vibrant yellows and oranges, with touches of red.
In the Hudson Valley, foliage will be at peak in the Columbia County city of Hudson, with 75-80% color transition and predominantly gold, yellow and orange leaves of average brilliance and intermittent red-maroon highlights. Foliage will be at peak in Dutchess County, according to observers in Poughkeepsie, with 85% transition and bright yellow, orange, and red leaves. In Rockland County, reports from New City project 85% color change and peak foliage with bright red, orange, and yellow leaves. Spotters at Bear Mountain State Park expect 80% color change and a mix of peak and past-peak foliage this weekend, with fall colors of brown, red, and yellow. While many trees have lost their leaves, there are still many full of green foliage.
Westchester County reports from White Plains anticipate foliage will be peak by the weekend with 60% color change and bright red, yellow, and pink leaves. Orange County reports from Goshen expect just-past-peak foliage with 85% color change. Brilliant orange, peach, rust, and gold tones brighten the landscape, with trees in areas closest to the Hudson River (between Newburgh and Fort Montgomery) the most colorful and among the last to change.
In the Chautauqua-Allegheny region, Chautauqua County reports expect peak foliage this weekend with nearly complete color change and bright orange, red, and yellow leaves. In Cattaraugus County, observers in Little Valley project 80-85% color change and just-past-peak foliage with orange and red leaves of above-average brilliance.
On Long Island, observers at the Long Island Welcome Center in Dix Hills expect 50-75% color change across Nassau and western Suffolk counties with yellow, orange, red, and purple leaves of average brilliance. The amount of color change will vary by area, with some areas of near-peak and peak foliage in park, pond and waterfront areas including Mill Pond Park in Wantagh, Nassau County, and Belmont Lake State Park in North Babylon, Suffolk County. Spotters reporting from Tanger Outlet Center in Riverhead expect 50-75% change and midpoint conditions with yellow, red, and orange leaves. In Nassau County, foliage will be at midpoint of change this weekend in Manhasset with lime green leaves transitioning to yellow, along with burnt sienna and tan leaves of average brilliance.
In New York City, observers reporting from Morris Park in The Bronx project foliage at midpoint of change this weekend, with 30-35% color transition and light shades of green, along with yellow and orange, and increasing pops of red.
In the Capital-Saratoga region, spotters in the Albany County city of Cohoes expect past-peak foliage this weekend with 85% color change as some average-to-bright yellow leaves continue to emerge, and average shades of rust and red. Saratoga County observers in Saratoga Springs project 80% transition and slightly-past-peak conditions with varying shades of yellow, orange, red, and green. In Fulton County, observers in Caroga Lake expect foliage to be past-peak; look for 90% leaf transition and bright shades of orange, along with average shades of yellow and red.
In the Catskills, observers reporting from the town of Catskill project that the town and the county’s valley areas will be past-peak this weekend, with nearly complete color change and just a few shades of orange and yellow remaining. Travelers will find some areas of peak foliage with a gorgeous mix of reds, yellows, and oranges in the county’s river towns. In Forestburgh, about 20 miles from Port Jervis in Sullivan County, foliage will be past-peak with complete leaf transition and vibrant shades of red, yellow, orange, wine, and peach.
In the Adirondacks, Crown Point, observers are calling for past-peak foliage with 100% color change and average shades of gold, orange, yellow, and red. Spotters reporting from Schroon Lake expect past-peak conditions with complete color transition and shades of gold. Spotters at Lapland Lake Resort in southern Hamilton County project 90-100% change and past-peak conditions with predominantly rust and yellow leaves.
In Central New York, observers in the southern Herkimer County village of Mohawk expect just-past-peak leaves this weekend. Recent heavy rains brought down many leaves, while others are thriving with brilliant colors and some are still beginning to change. Chenango County reports from Norwich anticipate past-peak foliage with a few muted shades of yellow and red. In Madison County, observers at Nichols Pond County Park in Cazenovia project past-peak foliage with 90% color change and orange, yellow, and red leaves of average brilliance. In Montgomery County, observers at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site in Fort Hunter expect foliage to be past-peak this weekend. Look for 90% leaf transition and bright shades of orange, along with average shades of yellow and red.
In the Thousand Islands-Seaway region, Jefferson County reports from along the St. Lawrence River in Alexandria Bay project past-peak foliage this weekend, with complete color transition and full range of brilliant fall colors. Oswego County observers anticipate nearly complete color change and a mixture of peak and just-past-peak foliage. The landscape in northern Oswego County remains quilted in bright shades of yellow, orange, and red. Foliage is only just beginning to fall, so many trees continue to stand tall, showing off their vibrant cloaks for visitors and residents alike.