New York State’s Finger Lakes and Hudson Valley regions step into the fall foliage spotlight this weekend as peak colors will arrive in most of their counties, according to observers for Empire State Development’s I LOVE NY program. In addition, peak leaves are still arriving in areas of the Chautauqua-Allegheny and Central New York regions, along with the lower elevations of the Adirondacks region.
Many areas of the Finger Lakes region will experience peak foliage this weekend. Chemung County
will be peak with near complete leaf change and vibrant shades of orange, red and yellow. Schuyler County leaf peepers in Watkins Glen
are calling for 95 percent change with dull-to-bright red and orange leaves. Cayuga County
expects to be at peak with near complete leaf change and brilliant gold, red, yellow and orange leaves. Steuben County
will be at peak with 75-80 percent color change and orange and yellow leaves of average brilliance, along with some bright red leaves. Seneca County
will be near peak with 85 percent color change and bright yellow, red, purple and orange leaves. Tompkins County
predicts peak foliage for the weekend with 75 percent color change and bright yellow, brown, red and orange leaves. Yates County
will be near peak with 75 percent color change.
Peak foliage and colorful landscapes galore await in Ontario County,
where you can expect a brilliant array of dazzling autumn colors, including splashes of garnet and gold, pumpkin oranges and rust with a hints of purple. Foliage observers in and around Monroe County
expect 50-55 percent color change the weekend with near peak conditions and the predominating color of yellow along with some shades of red and brown. Wayne County
will also be near peak with average-to-bright yellow, orange and red leaves. Genesee County
spotters note that color is changing fast and trees should be about 50 percent changed by the weekend. Onondaga County will be just past peak this weekend, according to Syracuse
-based foliage spotters. Look for some glowing sections of red and purple leaves along with touches of yellow and green. Tioga
counties will also be past peak.
Peak foliage is coming to the foreground in the Hudson Valley region. In Highland,
in southern Ulster County, spotters expect bright, beautiful peak leaves by the weekend. Also in Ulster County, shades of deep burgundy, mustard and bronze can be found in the towns of Phoenicia, Pine Hill
Along the Shawangunk Ridge
and the Hudson River
the full autumnal palette of bright gold, vibrant orange, shimmery yellow and blazing red should at peak by the weekend. Columbia County
will see peak foliage in areas of lower elevation, while higher ground areas are now past peak. Look for yellow, orange and deep red leaves of average brilliance. In Rockland County, foliage spotters at Bear Mountain State Park
expect peak leaves by the weekend, with 85 percent color change and bright orange and yellow leaves, along with shades of red. Spotters based in Goshen
predict near complete leaf change and a mix of bright red, yellow, wine, copper, lemon, peach, gold and orange leaves. In Dutchess County,
spotters are calling for peak foliage this weekend with 60 percent color change and bright shades of red and rust, along with bright yellow and gold, and deep red leaves. Westchester County
will be near peak with 50 percent color change and many shades of gold, yellow and deep red.
In the Capital-Saratoga region, Saratoga County
spotters in Saratoga Springs predict peak foliage this weekend with 85 percent leaf change and a full range of fall color, including bright shades of red, purple, yellow and orange, along with ambers and deep greens. Albany County
will be just past peak with spotters at Thacher Park
in Voorheesville noting that some bright colors remain, including shades of orange, yellow and red. Rensselaer County
is past peak, but you’ll still find areas of beautiful color.
In Central New York, peak color has arrived on the trees of Madison County. Foliage spotters based in Morrisville
are predicting 90 percent color change with bright shades of orange dominating the landscape, with some yellow and red leaves sprinkled in. Leaf peeping at the Fenner Renewable Energy Education (FREE) Center is recommended. Color is heading toward the downside in most other parts of the region. In Oneida County
colors are past peak, but the hillsides in the central and southern portion still have a fair amount of gold, orange and amber leaves. Otsego County
is past peak with a mix of yellow and orange leaves of average brilliance and Broome County
is just past peak with yellow and red leaves.
In the Adirondacks region, peak foliage has settled into lower elevation areas, including southern Warren County, where spotters in Lake George
are calling for peak leaves. In Willsboro,
near Lake Champlain, foliage will be 75-80 change with bright shades of yellow and gold highlighted with brilliant fire reds. Areas of higher elevation are now past peak.
Foliage is mostly past peak in the Catskills. Spotters in Saugerties
in Ulster County note that plenty of leaves still remain on the trees, if past peak. Look for bright shades of red, orange and yellow. In Greene County, Lanesville
spotters say that while it’s now past peak, some isolated patches of vibrant color remain. There are also some areas of good color along the Delaware River and Basha Kill reserve in Sullivan County.
Foliage in the Greater Niagara region will range from near peak to peak this weekend. In Wyoming County, spotters based in Castile
predict 75 percent color change and peak leaves by weekend with fall colors of bright red, orange and yellow. Niagara County
will be near peak with 60 percent change and bright yellow, red and orange highlights, while Erie County will see foliage change ranging from near peak to peak. Spotters in Buffalo
note that the southern portion of the city has more color than the northern portion.
Foliage in the Thousand Islands-Seaway region will range from near peak to peak. In Oswego County,
leaves along the waterways and byways are heading toward near peak conditions. Look for 60 percent change and a wide variety of color throughout the countryside. In St. Lawrence County,
there’s still some color, including shades of orange and red, but foliage is past peak. Jefferson County
will see peak to past peak color, with leaves along the river slower to change than those inland, which are now past peak.
In the Chautauqua-Allegheny region, peak color should arrive in Chautauqua County
with 90 percent color change and lots of orange, yellow and dark red fall colors. Cattaraugus and Allegany counties
will be past peak.
On Long Island,
color is expected to dramatically increase by the weekend. Spotters in Nassau and western Suffolk counties
expect up to 75 percent color change and near peak conditions with orange, gold, yellow, red, purple and green leaves of average brilliance. In New York City,
look for up to 30 percent color change with orange, yellow and some red leaves. Trees are greener along the streets, but more colorful in the parks.