Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Foliage report: Some fall color lingering

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This is the sixth 2023 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.

The journey of gorgeous fall colors across New York State continues this weekend, with peak foliage expected to be found in parts of eight of the state’s 11 vacation regions. 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, Warren County observers anticipate peak foliage throughout the county, especially around the shores of Lake George, which should see near-complete leaf change and a brilliant assortment of golden yellows, burnt oranges and burgundy reds. Spotters in Queensbury predict peak conditions with 95% foliage change and bright red, orange and yellow leaves. In Franklin County, foliage in the Malone area will range from peak to just-past-peak with 85% color change and red, orange, green and yellow leaves.

Essex County volunteers reporting from the Lake Champlain Visitors Center in Crown Point predict that foliage will be 60-85% changed with patches of russets, yellow-golds, and occasional oranges and reds. The stage of change will range from midpoint to near-peak, with greater leaf progression in higher elevations. Leaves in the Ticonderoga area should be around midpoint of change with mostly green and yellow leaves, along with some touches of red. Leaf transition is occurring slowly in some areas and quicker in others, with many trees still green, and some higher elevations appearing past-peak. Observers in Lake Placid anticipate past-peak foliage with nearly complete color change and varying shades of yellow and gold, along with some red. Spotters at Whiteface Mountain Ski Area in Wilmington note that although foliage is now past-peak, there are still some remaining bright orange and yellow leaves.

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