Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Fall foliage in full swing

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This is the fourth 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.

Vibrant, peak fall colors are arriving in most of the Adirondacks and are also expected to make their first appearances this weekend in parts of The Catskills, Chautauqua-Allegheny and Greater Niagara 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, Essex County foliage spotters reporting from WilmingtonJayUpper Jay, and Au Sable Forks predict peak leaves this weekend with nearly complete transition and a mix of average and bright shades of red, yellow and orange augmented by deep oranges and golds. Peak foliage is expected at Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington with 75% color change and vibrant red, yellow, orange, purple and green leaves creating a spectacular display. Lake Placid spotters predict peak leaves with up to 90% change and brilliant golden hues and fiery reds ranging from deep to bright, along with rich, brilliant yellows. The warm weather and sunshine appear to be making this year one of the most brilliant for foliage viewing in the village.

Foliage in and around Newcomb should be at peak with 90% change and bright shades of red and yellow everywhere, including across the mountains and ridges. Crown Point spotters at the Lake Champlain Visitors Center predict 25-30% change with patches of russets, yellow-golds, and occasional oranges and reds continuing to emerge from the green. Foliage change is picking up in the Ticonderoga area with 20% or more leaf transition expected, and muted shades of orange and brown emerging from the mostly green backdrop.

In Franklin County, spotters in Tupper Lake and Mt. Arab are predicting peak to just-past-peak foliage with more than 90% change and cinnamon, copper, honey, dandelion, pumpkin, saffron, magenta, cranberry, and vermillion-colored leaves of above average brilliance. Moderate temperatures, plentiful sunshine and lack of frosty nights should add up to a picture-perfect foliage viewing adventure in the area this weekend. Foliage in and around Saranac Lake will be peak with 75% or more leaf change with a bright mix of yellow, orange, red, green and even some purple leaves. The fall colors are now considerably more vivid compared to last week. In the northern portion of the county, spotters in Malone predict near-peak conditions with 55% or more color change and bright red leaves dominating along with plenty of orange and yellow leaves.

In the Hamilton County hamlet of Blue Mountain Lake, reports predict peak conditions with more than 90% change and muted burnt orange leaves, along with some subdued shades of orange, soft red and mustard yellow. Spotters note that Route 28N from Minerva to Blue Mountain Lake is an especially colorful drive. Observers in Lake Pleasant are calling for peak foliage with 75-100% leaf change and bright shades of orange and red, while Long Lake should be at peak with 85% leaf transition and bright to brilliant shades of mustard, red and orange, with small pockets of green interspersed.

In Herkimer County, Old Forge volunteers expect peak foliage with 85% change with bright shades of red and orange exploding, especially along lakes and waterways, and brilliant shades of gold and yellow illuminating the mountainsides. Lewis County observers in Lowville note that leaf change has accelerated over the past week and now expect 80% transition and near-peak to peak conditions, featuring brilliant and vivid red, orange and yellow leaves.

In Clinton County, spotters in Plattsburgh predict near-peak foliage with 70% change and bright red and orange leaves. In Warren County, volunteers in Queensbury predict near-peak conditions with up to 70% change and bright seasonal colors. Reports from Lake George anticipate leaves at midpoint of change with 50% transition and broad stretches of golden yellows, burnt oranges, and crimson leaves.

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One Response

  1. JohnL says:

    We had a beautiful day driving to Old Forge and as far as Lake Durant yesterday (10/4) with a number of stops in between. Colors were beautiful, if not at peak quite yet. It was a calm day with lots of colors and reflections in the water. We went thru Old Forge about 9 am to little traffic, and when we returned about 3, the town was PACKED with people. Lots of cars, motorcycles, and people. It was an awesome day for a drive and some ‘peeping’.

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