Thursday, September 15, 2022

Fall foliage report: First signs of color

2022 foliage map week 1

This is the first 2022 I LOVE NY Fall Foliage Report for New York State. Reports are obtained from volunteer field observers and reflect expected color conditions for the coming weekend.

New York State’s 2022 fall foliage season is underway, with the first signs of the spectacular seasonal colors to come appearing in several regions, including the Adirondacks, Thousand Islands-Seaway, Catskills, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Chautauqua-Allegheny, Greater Niagara, and Hudson Valley. This is according to the field reports from volunteer observers for the Empire State Development Division of Tourism’s I LOVE NY program.

In the Adirondacks, Franklin County spotters in Saranac Lake expect about 10% color change this weekend, as muted red, orange, and yellow leaves begin to appear over the greens of summer. Spotters in Tupper Lake expect more than 5% color change, with some areas changed up to 20%. As the leaves make their gradual transition toward dazzling bursts of brilliance, look for traces of copper and goldenrod along with spurts of burgundy and scarlet emerging from the predominantly green backdrop. In Essex County, Lake Placid spotters predict 10% leaf change, with touches of oranges and reds of average brilliance.

Spotters reporting from Schroon Lake and Newcomb expect less than 10% change with muted touches of orange and red. Travelers can expect about 10% color change in the Long Lake area of Hamilton County. Spotters there note that the very first leaves are starting to turn, especially in maple trees showcasing some early red and orange, while everything else still quite green. In Herkimer County, Old Forge foliage spotters predict up to 30% color change this weekend with muted shades of yellow, and burgundy, along with some early shades of red.

Click here for the full statewide report.

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