Peak foliage expected in Adirondacks, near-peak in other spots
Spectacular peak foliage will be arriving in the Adirondacks and Catskills this weekend, while other areas of the state are reaching near-peak and midpoint of change, according to volunteer observers from the Empire State Development Division of Tourism’s I LOVE NY program.
Franklin County spotters in Tupper Lake anticipate peak foliage this weekend with 85 percent color change and buttercup, mustard, dandelion, salmon, burnt sienna, ginger, bittersweet, rhubarb, magenta, and raspberry leaves. In Saranac Lake, expect peak foliage this weekend with 80 percent change and a bright and beautiful mix of red, orange, and yellow hues. Malone and the northern portion of the county will be near-peak to peak, with up to 95 percent color transition in some areas and brilliant yellows, reds. and oranges.
In Essex County, look for peak foliage in Lake Placid this weekend. Spotters anticipate 90 percent color change with leaves featuring brilliant shades of red and deep red, along with orange and yellow. The Whiteface Mountain area in Wilmington can also expect peak foliage this weekend with 90 percent color change with vibrant shades of red, dark red, orange, and yellow. In Crown Point, observers are calling for 50 to 70 percent change with more fall colors appearing daily, including shades of orange, yellow, and red. In the southern portion of the county, reports from North Hudson project 65 percent color change with a mix of brilliant red and yellow leaves. In Willsboro, look for foliage at midpoint of change with 50 percent color transition and dark shades of red and rust, along with bright shades of gold and yellow.
Peak foliage will arrive in Hamilton County this weekend, according to spotters in Lake Pleasant. Look for nearly complete color transition and bright red and orange leaves.
In the Herkimer County hamlet of Old Forge, expect peak foliage this weekend with more than 85 percent color transition and leaves with bright shades of red, orange, and yellow.
In the Adirondacks portion of St. Lawrence County, areas will feature near-peak and peak foliage with varying shades of red, orange, yellow, and purple.
In northern Warren County, look for nearly 70 percent color change and 50 percent in the southern portion of the county. Vibrant shades of red and orange are predominant throughout the county.
In the region, reports from Caroga Lake in Fulton County predict 60 percent change by the weekend with bright-to-very bright yellow and orange leaves dominating the landscape, along with some shades of green and red.
At Lapland Lake Resort in Benson, 50 to 60 percent change is anticipated with bright shades of red, orange, and yellow.
Rensselaer County observers project 50 to 60 percent transition in the eastern and northern parts of the county and 35 to 45 percent color change in the western and southern portions. Look for bright shades of red, orange, and yellow mixed in with the remaining green leaves.
In the Albany County city of Cohoes, foliage change will be about 35 percent by the weekend with orange and rust-colored leaves, along with some red and yellow.
Saratoga County observers in Saratoga Springs project 30 percent transition with bursts of reds, deep oranges, and bright yellows along with amber and green visible throughout the county.
Central New York
Chenango County reports from Norwich anticipate 65 percent color transition and foliage at midpoint of change with mostly yellow leaves along with some red and burnt orange.
In the Schoharie County village of Middleburgh, foliage will be at midpoint of change with 50 percent color transition and green, rust, yellow, and gold shades of average brilliance.
In Otsego County, Cooperstown observers project up to 40 percent change this weekend with some orange leaves among primarily yellow foliage. The southern part of the county–the foothills of the Catskills–are currently more vibrant than in Cooperstown.
In Montgomery County, observers at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site in Fort Hunter expect foliage to be nearing midpoint of change. Look for up to 40 percent leaf transition with average shades of orange and yellow emerging, with reds still holding strong.
Oneida County reports from Utica expect 25 percent color change with some yellow-orange and red leaves of average brilliance.
Observers in the southern Herkimer County village of Mohawk expect 20 percent color transition with a few trees showing vibrant colors, while most of the area continues to showcase light yellows and reds.
In Madison County, spotters reporting from the Oneida Community Mansion House project 20 percent change, with yellow and orange leaves of average brilliance on all trees, including the 150-year-old maple trees on the grounds.
Foliage will be at peak this weekend in Delaware County. Look for 75-80 percent color change and bright gold and red leaves.
The mountains of Greene County will showcase a mix of near-peak to peak foliage this weekend, with some peak leaves and about 80 percent color change above 2,000 feet. Look for bright touches of red, orange, yellow, and green. Observers reporting from the town of Catskill expect foliage will be about 50 percent changed and at midpoint by the weekend with vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows along with a hint of purple. Surrounding valley towns should be about 65 percent change.
In Forestburgh, about 20 miles from Port Jervis in Sullivan County, foliage will be near-peak this weekend, with 75 percent transition and brilliant shades of red, yellow, orange, wine, and peach. Leaves will be at midpoint of change this weekend around Ferndale, highlighted by bright red, yellow, and purple leaves.
At Belleayre Mountain in the Ulster County community of Highmount, foliage will be at midpoint of change by the weekend with 55 percent color transition and bright orange and red leaves. In Kingston, look for just 20 percent change with increasing amounts of yellow, orange, red, and burgundy leaves.