Where is the peak foliage in NY?

With fall officially underway, leaves are starting to reflect the seasonal transition in several regions within the Empire state.

According to New York’s weekly fall foliage report, parts of the Adirondacks will be near-peak of leaf transition, while in other parts of the Empire state, colorful leaves are just starting to emerge.

So, what are the conditions across the state this week? Here’s the latest report of the season from the state Department of Economic Development, broken out by region:

Adirondacks fall foliage


Franklin County: Spotters near Tupper Lake and Mt. Arab predict up to the midpoint of color change by the weekend in this Adirondack county, with 75% to 80% color transition. Look for shades of maize, banana, daffodil, clementine, mustard, yam, burnt sienna, ginger, beet, rhubarb, raspberry, paprika and pimento-colored leaves of above average brilliance.

Essex County: In Wilmington, Jay, Upper Jay and Au Sable Forks, up to 85% color transition is expected by the weekend, with a mix of average and bright deep purples, reds and golds, along with splashes of bright reds, yellow and oranges.

Herkimer County: Up to a 60% color change is expected in Old Forge, which is near-peak color change. Red and orange leaves of above average brilliance are starting to pop, along with plenty of bright shades of yellow and gold coming in over the remaining green.

Clinton County: Spotters in Plattsburgh expect up to a 40% color change by the weekend, with red leaves of average brilliance.

Hamilton County: Observers in Lake Pleasant predict a midpoint of foliage change with a 50% leaf change highlighted by quickly emerging average to bright red and orange leaves. In Long Lake, expect 50% change with primarily green and yellow shades, along with pockets of bright red.

Lewis County: Spotters in Lowville predict a bit more than 15% foliage change, with hints of yellow and orange leaves over a mostly green backdrop.

Warren County: In Queensbury, more than 25% foliage change is predicted by the weekend, with a mix of muted fall colors, Spotters in Lake George spotters anticipate 20% change and small groupings of trees tinged with orange and yellow leaves, plus occasional pops of red.

Capital-Saratoga fall foliage



Albany County: Reports from Thacher State Park in Voorheesville predict up to 35% color change by the weekend with average shades of yellow, orange and green, along with some wisps of red.

Fulton County: Observers in Northville predict up to a 20% change by the weekend, with some dark-red and yellow leaves.

Saratoga County: Spotters in Saratoga Springs anticipate at least 10% change with a mix of muted fall colors.

Catskills fall foliage


Ulster County: Spotters at the Belleayre Mountain Ski Area in Highmount predict leaves will be at midpoint of change this weekend with up to 60% transition and an increasing amount of yellow and red leaves of varying brilliance.

Delaware County: Observers in Downsville anticipate leaves nearing midpoint of transition with 40% color change by the weekend, and red and yellow leaves amidst the green. Spotters in Deposit predict up to 40% change with yellow, red and green leaves, while spotters in Walton expect 30% change with a growing number of yellow and orange leaves.

Greene County: Spotters in the upper elevations around Windham predict up to 40% leaf transition by the weekend, with green, red and yellow leaves of average brilliance. In Catskill, a 10% to 15% color change is predicted, with a mix of orange, yellow and red leaves.

Sullivan County: Spotters in Forestburgh, predict a 15% change with splashes of red, yellow and orange. Observers in Liberty expect a little less than 10% change with some muted shades of red and orange emerging.

Central New York fall foliage



Chenango County: Up to a 40% color transition is predicted by the weekend in Norwich, with red, orange and yellow leaves of average brilliance.

Herkimer County: Spotters in Herkimer anticipate a 30% change with an assortment of muted fall colors emerging.

Broome County: Spotters in Binghamton predict a 25% change this weekend with bright green leaves accented by pops of red, orange and yellow.

Schoharie County: Observers in Cobleskill predict 15% change with muted yellow and orange leaves.

Oneida County: Expect a 10% color transition this weekend in Utica, with a few pops of yellow leaves appearing over the mostly green landscape.

Otsego County: Spotters in Cooperstown anticipate around 10% change with muted yellow and orange appearing through the primarily green landscape.

Madison County: In Cazenovia, a 5% foliage change is predicted by the weekend, with yellow, brown and red leaves of average brilliance.

Montgomery County: Spotters in Fonda predict a 5% change by the weekend. Leaves are mostly still green.


Finger Lakes fall foliage



Steuben County: Spotters in Corning, Hammondsport, Hornell and Bath predict up to 40% change by the weekend with yellow, red and orange leaves continuing to emerge through the green landscape in this Finger Lakes county.

Chemung County: Expect 35% leaf change in Elmira, with bright shades of red, orange and yellow becoming more prominent.

Cayuga County: Spotters in Auburn predict up to 25% change with mostly yellow and brown leaves. In Fair Haven and Cato a 5% change is expected, with muted shades of yellow and gold.

Ontario County: A 25% color transition is expected by the weekend in Honeoye and Canadice, with some yellow and orange leaves. Spotters in Canandaigua predict about 15% change with mostly yellow leaves, while less than a 5% color change is predicted in Rushville.

Chautauqua-Allegheny fall foliage



Cattaraugus County: Spotters at Allegany State Park in Salamanca predict leaves will be at midpoint of change this weekend with 45% transition. Maple leaves are very bright with yellow, orange and some traces of red, while some green coloring remains on oaks and other trees.

Chautauqua County: Look for 25% foliage change with an average to bright mix of beautiful greens, reds, oranges and yellows in Jamestown, Chautauqua, the Lake Erie Grape Belt, and along Interstate86 through the Sherman and Findley Lake area.

Greater Niagara fall foliage


Erie County: A 30% color change is expected in Springville by the weekend, with muted shades of yellow, along with notable leaf droppage.

Genesee County: Spotters in Batavia predict 20% change with more yellows and reds of average brilliance coming through the green.

Niagara County: Spotters in Niagara Falls anticipate a little more than 5% color change with a few red and yellow leaves.

Images courtesy of Democrats and Chronicle, Visit Adirondacks, Purewow, Secret NYC, Curbed NY, Corning Finger Lake and I Love NY

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