New York Fall Foliage reports
Gorgeous Peak and Near Peak Colors Taking Over Hudson Valley, Thousand Islands-Seaway, Greater Niagara and Finger Lakes Regions
Week of Oct.20-27, 2016
Vibrant peak and near peak fall foliage is spreading throughout the Hudson Valley, Thousand Islands-Seaway, Greater Niagara and Finger Lakes regions, and continues to make a colorful splash in several other regions, according to observers for Empire State Development’s I LOVE NEW YORK program.
The Hudson Valley will see foliage ranging from peak to just past peak this weekend. In Colombia County, spotters reporting from Hudson project about 100 percent color change and peak conditions with golden shades of yellow and orange highlighted by deep shades of red leaves of average brilliance.
Spotters at Bear Mountain State Park in Rockland County expect 85 percent color change and peak conditions this weekend with bright orange, red and yellow leaves. In Orange County, spotters in Goshen are calling for peak conditions this weekend with nearly complete leaf transition and very brilliant scarlet, yellow, peach, wine, and lime green leaves.
In Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, leaves will be near peak this weekend. Look for up to 60 percent color change in higher elevations and mostly bright predominating colors of yellow, bright blonde, and some deep gold, along with a little orange and some red. In Rockland County, spotters reporting from New City expect foliage to be near peak with 70 percent color change and very brilliant red, purple, yellow and orange leaves. In Orange County, spotters reporting from just north of Newburgh report significant leaf droppage and expect past peak, but still beautiful, leaves for the weekend with bright shades or orange, red and yellow.
In the Thousand Islands-Seaway region travelers can expect to encounter some really beautiful peak and just past peak foliage. Spotters reporting from Alexandria Bay in Jefferson County expect peak leaves nearly 100 percent changed this weekend with lots of brilliant shades of red, yellow and orange. In Oswego County, spotters expect 80-100 percent color change by the weekend with peak conditions. Trees throughout the back fields and city parks of the county are boasting a full array of autumn colors from dull mustard and pumpkin shades to vibrant purple tones to bright bursts of orange and red. Leaves are now past peak in St. Lawrence County. Expect nearly 100 percent color change this weekend with red, yellow, orange, purple and green leaves of dull to average brilliance.
Peak and near peak foliage predominates in the Greater Niagara region this weekend. Peak foliage will arrive in Niagara County and Niagara Falls, where you can expect 60 percent change with a wide range of fall colors. In Erie County, spotters in Buffalo expect near peak to peak foliage with 50-60 percent color change. The colors will be closer to 60 percent changed south of Buffalo as you approach ski country; in the city center 40-50 percent change is expected. Look for lots of average to bright leaves of yellow-gold with touches of red, orange and purple.
In Wyoming County, spotters reporting from Perry expect near peak to peak leaves this weekend with 70-75 percent color change and bright yellow, red, orange and green leaves. Near peak foliage will be found throughout Orleans County, according to spotters in Albion. Expect around 80 percent color change inland and about 60 percent near Lake Ontario. Look for bright shades of green and gold and orange, along with touches of reds.
Many areas of the Finger Lakes region will be awash in gorgeous peak and near peak foliage this weekend. Spotters in Syracuse, in Onondaga County, are taking into account expected wind and rain and predict that this weekend will be the best for leaf peeping in the area. Look for more than 50 percent color change and many shades of yellow, red and purple. You can expect peak foliage conditions in Livingston County, according to spotters in Geneseo. Color change should be about 60 percent as the shades of yellow from the early fall are being overtaken by the more brilliant reds and burgundy. The wide variety of trees standing side by side in various stages of color change is making for striking views in every direction. Steuben County spotters predict just about complete foliage transition and peak leaves in the Corningand Hornell areas, and about 75 percent color change and near peak conditions around Keuka Lake. Look for very intense reds, oranges, golds and yellows. Foliage will be peak in Tompkins County this weekend, according to spotters inIthaca. Look for red, green and brown leaves of average brilliance, along with many shades of yellow and orange.Cortland County leaf peepers expect peak foliage this weekend with 75 percent color change and bright orange and green leaves.
Spotters in Watkins Glen in Schuyler County predict 75-85 percent color change and near peak to peak conditions this weekend with average to bright yellow, orange and red leaves. Tioga County spotters based in Owego are calling for near peak foliage with 70 percent color change this weekend. The vibrant predominating colors include red, yellow, brown and green. Look for near peak colors in Ontario County, according to spotters in Canandaigua. Color change should be around 85 percent with average to bright shades of yellow and orange, along with some bright reds striking just the right contrast. In Cayuga County, foliage spotters reporting from Auburn are calling for near peak leaves this weekend, with brilliant shades of orange, yellow and red, along with some green. Spotters in Rochester are calling for leaves at midpoint of change with 50-60 percent transition and mostly muted yellow leaves, along with some orange, red and brown, and much green. Leaves appear more brilliant in the sunlight. Spotters checking in from the Brighton area of the city expect 50-55 percent color change and midpoint conditions with a great mix of trees with leaves of all colors, including yellow and green-yellow, russet and orange and red. About 45-50 percent of trees remain green.
In Wayne County, spotters predict 40-50 percent color change and midpoint conditions this weekend with yellow and green leaves of muted to average brilliance. Colors are coming on strong in Yates County where foliage will be at midpoint of change this weekend. Spotters reporting from Penn Yan predict 50 percent color transition and very brilliant leaves of orange, yellow and red, with some patches of dull brown. In Seneca County, foliage will be transitioning from the early stages to midpoint of change. Expect to see 45 percent color change and average to bright yellow, orange and red leaves emerging from the green. In Chemung County, Elmira-based spotters expect past peak conditions this weekend with 70 percent color change and muted gold and green leaves.
The Catskills region will see a mix of peak and past peak foliage this weekend. Peak colors should hold on through the weekend in Sullivan County. Look for nearly complete color change and brilliant colorful cornucopias of yellow, orange and red sprinkled with green. Spotters reporting from Kingston in Ulster County predict peak foliage this weekend with 80 percent color change. Predominating colors include yellow, deep burgundy and hints of brighter orange, and some salmon color. Very little green remains as a backdrop. At Belleayre Mountain in Highmount, foliage will be just past peak. The ride up to the mountain from Kingston still has some beautiful leaf peeping opportunities with leaves of orange, gold, red and yellow.
Spotters in Catskill, in Greene County, expect just past peak leaves this weekend with still extremely vibrant shades of red, yellow and orange. Foliage above 2000′ in the county is now past peak; look for brilliant red and yellow leaves.Delaware County will be past peak. Look for yellow and gold leaves of muted brilliance.
Foliage in the Adirondacks will be mostly past peak by the weekend. Peak color should hang on until the weekend inMalone, in Franklin County. Spotters reporting from the Franklin County Historical & Museum Society expect nearly 100 percent color change and very brilliant shades of red, yellow and orange. Spotters in northern Warren Countyexpect peak to just past peak foliage for the weekend, with fiery yellows, bright orange and red leaves covering the mountains with color. The southern part of the county will be near peak to peak with beautiful yellows, oranges, reds and muted rusts. Spotters in Crown Point in Essex County expect peak to just past peak foliage this weekend with nearly complete color change and average to vibrant shades of yellow and orange accompanied by some bright sparks of red.
Spotters reporting from Saranac Lake in Franklin County predict just past peak foliage for the weekend with nearly 100 percent color change and shades of gold, yellow and orange beginning to predominate the fading shades of red. Foliage is past peak in the Franklin County areas of Tupper Lake and Mt. Arab. With 90-95 percent color transition, leaves are fading and a bronze, copper and ginger haze predominates the landscape with the sporadic hues of canary, maize, pumpkin, and mimosa. With above average temperatures and no heavy frost predicted, it should be another good weekend for leaf peeping. Foliage in Lake Placid is now past peak, however there are still many vivid orange and gold leaves that make for a beautiful backdrop. At Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, foliage is now past peak, but there are still lots of golden and burnt orange leaves and the underbrush has just turned.
Hamilton County spotters reporting from Indian Lake report that foliage will be past peak this weekend with about 50-60 percent of the leaves remaining on trees. Look for average shades of orange and yellow, along with some remaining red. Spotters reporting from Speculator expect nearly complete color change and past peak conditions with red, yellow, burgundy and orange leaves of average brilliance. In Herkimer County, foliage is past peak in Old Forge. Look for 90 percent color change this weekend with bright yellow and gold leaves along with shades of red and orange. Leaves that have fallen are creating a colorful carpet on the trails in the forest.
In the Capital-Saratoga region, Fulton County spotters reporting from Northville and Caroga Lake predict peak foliage for the weekend with nearly 100 percent leaf change and bright shades of orange, red and yellow, along with rusty browns and bronzes. In Schenectady County, expect peak colors this weekend, including bright oranges and reds, along with radiant pinks and purples. Conditions are some of the best seen in years according to spotters in Glenville.Montgomery County will be near peak this weekend with many shades of gold, yellow and red leaves.
In Albany County, spotters at Thacher Park in Voorheesville predict just past peak leaves this weekend with lots of bright shades of yellow and red. Spotters in Rensselaer County predict just past peak foliage for the weekend. Look for 65-75 percent color change with about 25-35 percent leaf fall. Spotters note that this season has seen a lot of remarkable foliage and this weekend should be full of bright colors from orange to red, to yellow and green. Yellow predominates among the trees on higher elevations and some green trees and bushes remain.
The leaves are gently transitioning to past peak in many areas of the Central New York region. In Madison County, spotters in Chittenango project peak leaves for the weekend with 70-75 percent leaf change and vibrant shades of yellow, red and orange. Leaves will be past peak in Chenango County, according to spotters in Norwich. Look for near complete color change with bright yellow, red and orange leaves. Spotters in Binghamton, in Broome County, expect just past peak foliage this weekend with 75-80 percent color change and bright orange, yellow and red leaves predominating. Color change is complete throughout Oneida County and most areas can expect just past peak conditions this weekend and great colors, according to spotters in Utica. Look for various shades of vibrant oranges with a bit of bright red to dominate the color scheme, blending in with muted shades of yellows, gold and blush.
Herkimer County spotters in Mohawk expect just about all of the leaves to have changed color by the weekend. Look for bright just past peak leaves of red, orange and gold. Spotters checking in from Cooperstown in Otsego County expect foliage to be just past peak this weekend, but beautiful nevertheless. Look for nearly 100 percent color change and bright shades of yellow, red and orange. Schoharie County will also be past peak this weekend.
Visitors to the Chautauqua-Allegheny region this weekend can expect a mix of peak and past peak leaves. In Chautauqua County, spotters in Chautauqua expect peak foliage with about 100 percent color change and brilliant orange, red and yellow leaves. In Cattaraugus County, foliage spotters checking in from Little Valley expect past peak foliage this weekend with approximately 75 percent color change and shades of yellow, rust, orange and red of average brilliance predominating. Leaves are past peak at Allegany State Park. Look for 80 percent color change and lots of yellow, orange and red leaves of average brilliance. The park will still have some trees in the process of changing this weekend, and it should be another excellent weekend of fall colors.
Leaves on Long Island will be at midpoint of change this weekend. Nassau County spotters in East Meadow predict 60 percent color change with yellow, orange, red, purple and green leaves of average brilliance. In Suffolk County, spotters reporting from Tanger Outlets in Riverhead expect 40 percent color change and midpoint conditions with yellow, orange, red, purple and green leaves of average brilliance.
Foliage change is still in the early stages in New York City, where spotters at Pelham Bay Park in The Bronx expect just 15 percent change with some pops of bright color. Predominating colors are mostly green with a few lighter greens, dark yellows, dark reds and browns.