As peak colors exit the majority of the Adirondacks and Catskills regions, other
areas of New York State, including the Hudson Valley, Central New York, Finger
Lakes, and Capital-Saratoga regions are taking center stage with peak and near
peak foliage, according to Empire State Development observers.
In Warren County, Lake George foliage spotters report peak leaves in the southern part of the county, and just past peak conditions in the northern portion. The leaves, muted in brilliance, include shades of yellow and rust, along with some orange and red. In Essex County, spotters around Lake Champlain note foliage change around 60-70 percent in the Willsboro area with many bright shades of yellow and orange highlighted by bursts of reds and purples. To the south, in the lake area, spotters in Crown Point are predicting only 30-65 percent change by the weekend, with yellow and orange leaves of average brilliance. To the west, in the county's higher elevations, there are still some great peak and just past peak colors in the Keene/Keene Valley, Schroon Lake and Whiteface areas, with a mix of very brilliant reds, yellow, and oranges.
In Franklin County, leaves are past peak, but there is still some good color in Saranac Lake, Kiwassa Lake and in Bloomingdale, where peak colors are holding on. In Tupper Lake, you'll find muted hues of burnt orange, goldenrod and russet amidst the fading green.
Peak foliage is exiting the Catskills region, but there are some optimal colors remaining. In Ulster County, Saugerties foliage spotters predict peak conditions with a mixture of bright shades of gold, red and orange. Peak color is arriving in Sullivan County, with nearly complete foliage change and bright, stunning shades of orange and gold predicted for the weekend. Also, spotters in the Catskill Park area of Greene County report some good color remaining, and some isolated spots still at peak. Spotters in Lanesville predict 75-90 change with just past peak conditions and very bright (but fading) shades of amber, golden yellow, purple, orange and red.
Foliage spotters in Albany County based in Voorheesville near Thacher Park predict nearly complete leaf change by the weekend, with some areas just past peak. Look for a mix of bright yellow and red leaves. In Fulton County, Northville and Benson-based observers predict just past peak leaves for the weekend, with bright gold, red and orange leaves. The southern part of the county still has green mixed in with the fall colors, but there is also some leaf droppage. In Rensselaer County, peak colors are exiting the northern and eastern portion of the county, while the southern and western portions will be peak. Look for an excellent mix of color, including a bright mix of all shades of red, orange and yellow. Saratoga County will be between midpoint and near peak this weekend, with some peak conditions in the higher elevations. Expect a bright mix of shades of orange and red with amber and green mixed in. Schenectady County will be near peak this weekend, with brilliant shades of yellow and gold with splashes of red.
Central New York
Peak foliage should arrive in Oneida County by weekend. Spotters based in Utica predict almost 100 percent color change with some bright pockets of orange, amber, gold, bronze and vibrant yellow highlights in central and southern Oneida County, while just past peak leaves with a lot of remaining color will be found in the county's northern portion. The leaves of Madison County are now at peak and will continue to be so through the weekend. The brightest and largest variety of colors is now along the I-90 and NYS route 5 corridors. In southern Herkimer County, spotters in Mohawk predict near peak to peak colors for the weekend with 85 percent transition and a brilliant mix of shades of yellow and red.
In Dutchess County, Poughkeepsie-based leaf peepers predict 55-65 percent color change with bright, mostly yellow leaves, along with some deep gold and bright orange and russet tones developing. Maroon and dark purple leaves are just starting to appear and bright and striking peak colors will continue to spread across the valley, with less color change near the Hudson River. Conditions in the county will range from midpoint to near peak depending on couinty location. Westchester County foliage spotters based in White Plains expect 50 percent color change with shades of deep yellow, gold and red. In Orange County expect 40 percent foliage change with brilliant, flaming shades of red and shades of plum, lemon, gold, scarlet, chartreuse, mango, pumpkin and rhubarb. At Bear Mountain in Rockland County, look for midpoint conditions with 70 percent leaf change and red, orange and yellow leaves of average brilliance.
Tioga County expects peak foliage by the weekend, with 80 percent color change and yellow and orange fall colors of average brilliance. Ontario County reports that the majority of trees are nearing peak or will reach their peak in the next week. Predominate colors are orange, burgundy, rust, and gold with some hues of purple. Look for 80- 90 percent color change. Schuyler County leaf reporters based in Watkins Glen predict near peak to peak foliage this weekend with average to bright predominating colors of orange and yellow with some red and still a little green mixed in. Yates County predicts 75 percent color change and near peak leaves of brilliant yellow, bright orange and vivid red.
In Monroe County and the Rochester area, colors are still nearing peak with 55-60 percent color change expected by weekend and leaves of yellow, red, orange and russet of average brilliance. Chemung County can expect a mix of foliage conditions this weekend, with different areas ranging from near peak to past peak. Burnt oranges, reds, golds, and purples of average to bright brilliance abound. Near peak foliage with 80 percent color change is on tap for Cayuga County this weekend with brilliant gold, red, yellow, orange fall colors. Livingston County expects to be near peak this weekend with 50 percent color change and yellow and red leaves of average brilliance. In Onondaga County, the Syracuse area will be near peak to peak with 45-50 percent color change and a nice array of bright colors, including various reds accented with touches of yellows and greens.
Tompkins County will see 60 percent leaf change and dull to bright yellow, deep red and orange leaves. Conditions will be midpoint to near peak. Foliage is approaching midpoint of change in Wayne County. Expect 45-50 percent color change with muted red, orange and yellow fall colors. Seneca County will be at midpoint of change with bright yellow, red and purple leaves. Steuben County will be at midpoint or more of color change by the weekend, with 40 percent leaf change and bright shades of red and orange. Cortland County is now just past peak.
The weekly foliage report, a detailed map charting fall color progress, vantage points for viewing spectacular foliage, suggested autumn getaways and weekly event listings are available by visiting the I LOVE NEW YORK web site at www.iloveny.com.