Thursday, October 20, 2022

Fall foliage update: Past peak but still colorful

fall foliage update

This is the sixth 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. Reports are issued every Wednesday afternoon.

Bright, spectacular peak foliage will be found throughout much of the Capital-Saratoga, Finger Lakes, and Greater Niagara regions this weekend, as well as in the middle and upper portions of Central New York. Additionally, gorgeous near-peak leaves will be appearing throughout the Hudson Valley, based on reports from field observers for the Empire State Development Division of Tourism’s I LOVE NY program.

Foliage throughout the Adirondacks will be past-peak this weekend. In Warren County, leaves will be just-past-peak in the Lake George area, with 85-100% color change with average-to-bright yellow and red leaves. Spotters reporting from the Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob in the Village of Fort Ann expect foliage to be just-past-peak but still exceptionally picturesque this weekend with nearly complete color change and bright yellow, orange, and red leaves.

In Essex County, foliage in Crown Point will be just-past-peak with complete leaf change and a colorful mix of bright and vivid golds, yellows, oranges, reds, and burgundies. Leaves will be past-peak in Lake Placid, with very brilliant shades of red, yellow, and orange remaining. Spotters at Whiteface Mountain Ski Area in Wilmington expect past-peak foliage with 95% leaf change. Similarly, reports from the surrounding Whiteface and Wilmington areas predict past-peak foliage with more than 95% color change and bright shades of red and orange, along with some yellows and purples. Several trees have lost their leaves, while others are clinging to peak colors.

In Franklin County, spotters in Malone report that foliage is now past-peak with orange and yellow leaves of average brilliance, despite significant leaf droppage. To the south, the Tupper Lake and Mt. Arab Lake areas are now past-peak with complete leaf transition, but still offer some muted canary, goldenrod, russet, mahogany, copper, and apricot leaves. In Hamilton County, foliage will be past-peak in the Lake Pleasant area, with an abundance of reds and yellows of average brilliance, along with significant droppage. Foliage is also past-peak in Hamilton County, according to spotters in Long Lake, with some remaining leaves offering shades of yellow and orange.

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