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Cooler temperatures and the advancing calendar seem to have done the trick for New York State’s magnificent fall foliage over the past week, and this weekend looks to be a great one for peak and near-peak foliage viewing in the Adirondacks, along with some beautiful near-peak and midpoint-of-change leaf peeping in the Catskills, according to field observers for Empire State Development’s I LOVE NEW YORK program.
In Franklin County, foliage spotters based in the Tupper Lake and Mt. Arab areas expect peak conditions this weekend, with 90-95 percent color change and brilliant autumn hues of crimson, copper, bronze, burgundy, scarlet, goldenrod, pumpkin, mustard and canary. Check out the great views at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, and the fire observation tower about five miles to the west in Mt. Arab. Foliage spotters in Saranac Lake Village report 35-50 percent leaf change, depending on the mix of hardwoods and the size of the body of water near the trees. Colors are muted reds, oranges and yellows, along with some scattered patches of vibrant red. Along the Saranac River and in the wetlands on the eastern and northern edges of town color change is much higher due to the maples and alders, which are expected to be around 70-90 percent changed. In Paul Smiths the leaves will be between 75 and nearly 100 percent changed and brilliant. Birches have not changed much anywhere, nor have the silver maples. Look for vivid reds with oranges, contrasting nicely against the evergreens.
In Herkimer County, Old Forge-based color observers are predicting 95-100 percent leaf change by weekend, with bright and beautiful peak reds, russets, oranges and golds contrasting beautifully with the evergreens. In Essex County, foliage observers reporting from the Lake Placid/High Peaks/Whiteface areas expect peak by the weekend, if not a little before, in the very highest elevations surrounding Lake Placid. Predominate red leaves are complimented by an assortment of orange, gold, yellow and burgundy leaves. The Whiteface region surrounding the eastern base of Whiteface Mountain is somewhat behind the High Peaks, averaging around 50 percent change with golds, yellows and oranges predominating at this point. The Schroon Lake area is about 30 percent turned; the area is just starting to get some overall color. The Lake Champlain area of the county is still just in the beginning stages of color change, between 5 and 15 percent.
Color has also come on strong in Hamilton County over the past week. Look for up to 80 percent color change and near peak to peak conditions in the northern portion of the county, including the towns of Indian Lake, Inlet and Long Lake. Foliage spotters in Speculator, Piseco and Wells predict color change between 50 and 80 percent by the weekend. Look for a blend of muted to brilliant leaves of yellow, red, gold and purple. Color change also varies greatly in Warren County, depending on the latitude and elevation. North Creek and Blue Mountain Lake spotters expect around 70 percent color change above 2,000 ft., with bright red, orange and yellow leaves. As you travel further southwest in the county, foliage change drops to about 10-20 percent maximum.
Near peak foliage will arrive in the Catskills region by the weekend. In Delaware County, look for midpoint to near-peak conditions with 60 percent color change and yellow, red and orange leaves of average brilliance. In Ulster County, Saugerties-based leaf peepers expect 50 percent color change with bright and colorful shades of gold, yellow, red and orange. Also look for 50 percent color transition in Highmount, home of Belleayre Mountain. Look for reds and yellows of average brilliance. In the areas around Kingston, Woodstock and Phoenicia color change will be around 30 percent with bright pale-yellow and gold leaves, along with splashes of orange and some bright red just beginning to pop. Sullivan County spotters in Monticello predict 20 percent color change with a bright green accented with bursts of burgundy and bronze.
In the Capital-Saratoga region, foliage will be at midpoint of color change in and around the Fulton County towns of Northville and Benson. Look for 40-50 percent change with average to bright fall shades of yellow, gold and red. In Rensselaer County, look for 20-30 percent color change this weekend. More color is showing in the eastern and northern parts of the county, and in the higher elevations some foliage is closer to midpoint of change. Look for a brilliant mix of shades of orange, yellow, red and green. In Albany County, spotters in Voorheesville near Thacher Park expect 20-25 percent color change with bright yellows and touches of red. Saratoga and Schenectady counties expect around 20 percent color change. In Saratoga County, look for fall colors of red, yellow and orange; in Schenectady County yellow is the predominate fall color emerging, with some splashes of red and some purple.
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.
For additional New York fall foliage information including select sneak previews of the week’s I LOVE NEW YORK Fall Foliage Report, follow the hash tag: #Fall4NY on Twitter. Simply type #Fall4NY into the search box on Twitter and you can access all of the tweets about New York State’s fall colors, best places to see them, as well as fun fall events throughout the state.