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Week of September 16-22, 2020
Significant color changes expected in eight of New York State's vacation regions
This is the second 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.
Beautiful fall foliage continues to emerge across upstate New York, with areas of significant color change expected this weekend in the Adirondacks, Capital-Saratoga, Catskills, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Hudson Valley, and Thousand Islands-Seaway regions, according to observers for the Empire State Development Division of Tourism’s I LOVE NY program.
In the Adirondacks, Tupper Lake and Mt. Arab spotters in Franklin County predict that foliage change could reach 40% by the weekend, if the cooler temperatures in current forecasts bring out the colors. Look for shades of rhubarb, claret, saffron, canary, carrot, clementine and cherry. Reports from Saranac Lake expect 20-25% color change with red maples showcasing vibrant red leaves and sugar maples beginning to turn orange. In Malone, spotters predict 15% color change and average shades of yellow and red appearing.
In Essex County, foliage spotters in Lake Placid predict nearly 15% color change this weekend, with some reds and oranges of average brilliance popping through, along with some yellow. At Whiteface Mountain, foliage spotters are calling for 15% color change with bright red, yellow, and orange leaves, while the area around the mountain can expect 10% color change and some muted red and orange leaves. Reports from Minerva, Newcomb, North Hudson, and Schroon Lake anticipate 15% change with average to brilliant shades of red, yellow and orange. Foliage change is just beginning in the Crown Point area around Lake Champlain, with less than 10% color transition featuring touches of yellow and rust, along with occasional orange and red leaves of average brilliance. In Ticonderoga, color change will near 5%.
Spotters reporting from Old Forge in Herkimer County expect 25% color change this weekend, with gold, yellow and red leaves of average brilliance. In Hamilton County, look for 20% color change according to Lake Pleasant reports. There is still plenty of green, but shades of orange and yellow are starting to pop, along with hints of red and purple. In the Adirondacks portion of St. Lawrence County, look for 15-20% change with touches of red and orange leaves of average brilliance. Warren County spotters expect nearly 10% color change north of the Town of Lake George, while color change south of the town should be around 5%.
In the Capital-Saratoga region, Rensselaer County spotters in Rensselaer and Troy project 15% color change by the weekend, with a variety of fall colors emerging. Albany County spotters at Thacher State Park in Voorheesville project up to 10% change with touches of yellow appearing. Saratoga County spotters in Saratoga Springs predict 10% change with random pops of muted amber, yellow and orange leaves. Spotters reporting from Greenwich in Washington County expect 5-10% change, with yellow leaves of average brilliance emerging. Fulton County spotters reporting from Mayfield and Great Sacandaga Lake predict just 10% color change with muted touches of fall color.
In the Catskills, Delaware County spotters reporting from Delhi and Andes project 10-20% color change this weekend, with varying shades of gold and red leaves against the mostly green backdrop. Spotters in Sullivan County reporting from the Village of Liberty, expect 20% foliage change with yellows just beginning to appear. In the southeast portion of the county near Forestburgh, expect slightly more than 10% leaf change, with bright red, orange, and yellow leaves beginning to appear. In Greene County, foliage spotters in Catskill project 5-10% color change with mostly green leaves, along with average shades of orange, red, and yellow. At Belleayre Mountain in Highmount, Ulster County, spotters project 10% color change with average touches of red and orange emerging. Kingston reports expect 10% color change with some touches of fall color.
In Central New York, Herkimer County spotters from the Village of Herkimer project less than 10% color change by the weekend with predominately green leaves. In Ontario County, Norwich spotters predict less than 10% color change. Montgomery County spotters reporting from Mayfield and Great Sacandaga Lake predict just 10% color change with muted touches of fall color. Oneida County spotters reporting from Utica expect about 10% color change, with a few shades of red beginning to appear. In Madison County, spotters reporting from Chittenango Falls State Park in Cazenovia predict slightly more than 10% color change with yellow and orange leaves of average brilliance. Spotters reporting from the Oneida Community Mansion House in Oneida expect just 5% color change, with the more than 100-year-old trees on the grounds just beginning to show some yellow. Montgomery County should see only about 5% color change with touches of orange, according to reports from Yankee Hill and Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site.
In the Chautauqua-Allegheny region, spotters at the Nannen Arboretum in Ellicottville, Cattaraugus County, predict up to 15% color change this weekend with touches of red and pops of bright yellow among the mostly green leaves. Spotters reporting from Lime Lake in the Town of Machias predict 10% color change with touches of emerging.
In the Finger Lakes, Tioga County spotters in Owego expect up to 20% color change this weekend, with average shades of orange and brown accompanying mostly green leaves. Chemung County reports from Elmira predict 15% color change, with shades of yellow and orange emerging. The City of Cortland in Cortland County can expect about 10% color change, with red and yellow leaves of muted brilliance beginning to appear. Just south of Rochester, Monroe County spotters reporting from the Town of Brighton predict 8-10% color change with maple trees beginning to show red, dark red, yellow, and orange coloration of average brilliance at the edges and treetops. North of Rochester, reports from Greece predict less than 10% color with a few muted shades of yellow and olive green starting to appear.
In Schuyler County, foliage spotters reporting from Watkins Glen and Montour Falls predict about 10% color change by the weekend, with average fall hues of golden-green. Ontario County spotters reporting from Rushville predict 10% color change with hints of burgundy and yellow. In Seneca County, spotters in Romulus and Cayuga Lake predict up to 10% foliage change with some fall colors beginning to appear.
In the Hudson Valley, expect around 10% color change this weekend in Columbia County, according to spotters in the City of Hudson. Look for some yellow leaves of average brilliance, along with sporadic splashes of bright red peeking out from the maple trees.
In the Thousand Islands-Seaway region, look for 20% color change in Jefferson County, according to spotters in Alexandria Bay, with average shades of red and orange appearing though the mostly green backdrop. Watertown reports anticipate expecting less than 10% color change by the weekend, with touches of purple and orange. Spotters in the Oswego County City of Oswego predict up to 20% color change. Much of the county remains covered in muted shades of green, with more bright pops of gold, orange and red in areas like Pulaski, Sandy Creek, and Altmar in the north. In St. Lawrence County, spotters in Canton predict 5-10% color change with red and orange leaves.