Fall foliage: See where autumn is the most stunning in New York state

Victoria E. Freile
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Foliage in New York's most popular leaf-peeping spots is underway with brilliant fall colors emerging across the Empire State.

According to New York's weekly fall foliage report, vibrant fall colors continue to appear  in parts of the Catskills and the Thousand Island regions as foliage in the Adirondacks is expected to be brilliant — between midpoint and near peak of color transition. Other parts of the state are just starting to change. The third report of the season was issued on Wednesday.

Color change in New York for Sept. 22-28, 2021.

So, what are the conditions across the state this week? Here's the latest report from the state Department of Economic Development, broken out by region.  

Adirondacks

A view of the fall foliage from Stillwater Fire Tower in the Adirondacks, Sept. 28 2020.   The fire tower trail is closed the second Tuesday in October through December 20 for hunting but before it does hikers can view the fall colors of the Adirondacks High Peaks.

Essex County: Lake Placid spotters are predicting up to a 75% color change with  brightening shades of red, orange, and yellow. Spotters reporting from Whiteface Mountain Ski Area in Wilmington expect foliage to be at midpoint of change with 40% leaf transition and brilliant shades of green, red, purple and orange. Spotters in Schroon Lake and Newcomb expect about 20% color change, with some red and yellow leaves appearing over a mostly green backdrop. Observers in Ticonderoga predict 15% color change with touches of yellow and orange. In Crown Point, look for 10% color change this weekend, with spots of average red and russet leaves.

Franklin County: Tupper Lake spotters expect up foliage to be at the midpoint of color change by the weekendm with 50-55% color transition. Look copper, tangerine, buttercup, canary, burgundy and scarlet leaves of average brilliance Color transition is around 40% around Saranac Lake, with ia bright mix of green, red, orange and yellow leaves. The leaves have become more vibrant over the past week, with many bright shades of red appearing. In the northern portion of the county, Malone spotters predict 30% color change this weekend. Green is still the predominant color, but oranges and reds are becoming brighter.

Hamilton County: In Lake Pleasant, foliage is changing quickly as spotters predict colors may transition to midpoint of change of 35% by this weekend. Look for mix of yellows and oranges of average brilliance. Expect at least 25% color change near Long Lake, with muted-to-average shades of yellow emerging. 

Herkimer County: Spotters in Old Forge expect foliage to be near midpoint of change with 35% color transition featuring burgundy and red leaves and some emerging yellows and oranges. 

Hamilton County: Leaf change is coming on stronger in areas near rivers and lakes. Spotters near Lake Pleasant expect 15% color change this weekend, with average shades of yellow and red quickly appearing. 

Warren County: Foliage change will be in the early stages by this weekend but the northern part of the county could reach around 30% transition with some muted shades of yellow and rust emerging. Color change around Lake George will be about 20%, and spotters reporting from Queensbury expect around 10% color change by this weekend. Look for muted shades of yellow, gold and red within the mostly green backdrop.

St. Lawrence County: Spotters near Cranberry Lake are predicting 10% color change with touches of red leaves of average brilliance, and some emerging yellows and golds.

Catskills

Delaware County: Spotters in Delhi predict 40% color change by the weekend, with muted yellow leaves on the hillsides, and some brilliant pops of red maple leaves. Color change will be about 40% in Roxbury with increasing amounts of brilliant orange leaves along with some flashes of red

Ulster County: Spotters at Belleayre Mountain Ski Area in Highmount predict up to 15% color change this weekend with some muted burnt orange leaves. In West Shokan, spotters are calling for 15% color change with touches of yellow, along with some red beginning to appear. In Highland, reports predict more than 15% color change with hints of yellow and red appearing. 

Sullivan County: Expect 30% color change by Swan Lake, near Liberty as bright fall colors are approaching the midpoint of color transition. Foliage change near Forestburgh is expected to be about 15% with average shades of red, yellow and orange emerging

Greene County: Look for about 30% color change this weekend at the higher elevations, with average burgundy, red and orange leaves continuing to emerge over the predominantly green backdrop. Foliage change around the town of Windham is expected to be 15% with mostly muted red leaves, along with some orange.

Thousand Islands-Seaway

Jefferson County: Spotters reporting from Wellesley Island predict 45% color change this weekend, with intermittent areas of brilliant color—especially further from the shorelines. Spotters in Watertown predict less than 10% foliage change with muted red leaves beginning to appear over a mostly green backdrop. 

Oswego County: Expect 30% color change this weekend.The southwest portion of the county will still be mostly green, with increasing amounts of oranges and reds appearing.

St. Lawrence County: Spotters in Madrid expect up to 10% color change with some emerging red and yellow leaves of muted brilliance.

Capital-Saratoga

Fulton County: Spotters predict up to 40% color change near Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center in Northville with areas of average red and increasing amounts of average-to-bright golden yellow leaves. Near Great Sacandaga Lake, expect around 15% change, with some orange leaves of average brilliance and some muted red leaves beginning to show.

Rensselaer County: Spotters predict up to 15% leaf change, with mostly green leaves, but some deep red and light-yellow leaves of above average brilliance are appearing in higher elevations.

Albany County: Less than 10% color transition is expected at Cohoes Falls in Cohoes, with muted orange and red leaves and some yellow. Spotters in Latham and Loudonville predict less than 10% color change by the weekend, with emerging rust, brown, lemon, tangerine and light green leaves of average brilliance.

Saratoga County: Foliage change will be under 10% this weekend near Saratoga Springs, with mostly green leaves and some isolated splashes of minimal color.

Central New York

Madison County: Spotters near the Delphi Falls County Park in Cazenovia predict for 20% color change by the weekend, with yellow leaves of average brilliance. 

Montgomery County: Canajoharie spotters are predicting 15% color change with mild hints of orange and muted red emerging.

Chenango County: Spotters from Norwich also predict 15% color change, with muted red leaves appearing over the mostly green landscape.

Oneida County: Spotters in Utica predict 10% color change with some yellow emerging through the predominantly green leaves.

Broome County: Observers in Binghamton predict color change will be just below 10% this weekend, with slight touches of bright fall colors peeking out from the green.

7. Catskills

Finger Lakes

Monroe County: Spotters in Greece predict almost 15% color change by the weekend with touches of red and orange leaves of average brilliance joined by newly emerging yellow and olive-green leaves.

Ontario County: Spotters reporting from Rushville predict 15% color change with muted-to-average touches of orange and yellow. 

Tioga County: In Owego, spotters predict up to 15% color change by the weekend, with some yellow and orange leaves of average brilliance.

Livingston County: Spotters in Geneseo predict 10% color change, featuring a mix of bright fall shades just beginning to appear.

Chemung County: Foliage is just starting to change around Elmira, where spotters expect 10% color change with average shades of yellow.

Schuyler County: Spotters in Watkins Glen predict 10% color change this weekend with leaves still overwhelmingly green.

Steuben County: Spotters reporting from Corning, Hammondsport, Bath and Hornell are expecting just 10% color change.

Wayne County: Up to 10% color change is expected by the weekend, according to spotters near Lyons.

Chautauqua-Allegheny

Cattaraugus County: Spotters Allegany State Park in Salamanca are predicting up to 35% foliage change by this weekend. Brilliance is somewhat muted and most of the hillsides are green. Most maple trees in the area are showing color. Spotters in Little Valley expect 20% color change this weekend, with hints of yellow and orange. Expect more color in the higher elevations.

Chautauqua County: Up to 20% color change is expected throughout the county by the weekend. Color change is more progressed near Sherman, making for a scenic drive.

Greater Niagara 

Erie County: Colors are just beginning to emerge near Buffalo, with an expected 10% transition by the weekend. Look for splashes of golden yellow and plum among the mostly green leaves.

Genesee County: Spotters in Byron expect a bit more than 10% color change by the weekend with fall colors of average brilliance just beginning to appear. 

Niagara County: Expect around 10% color  transition near Niagara Falls, as hints of yellow begin to emerge. 

Hudson Valley

Rockland County: Observers at Bear Mountain State Park in Bear Mountain predict up to 20% color change by the weekend with some fall colors of average brilliance beginning to pop.

Columbia County: Spotters in Hudson expect up to 20% foliage change with average shades of yellow and orange.

Dutchess County: 10% leaf change is expected near Poughkeepsie, highlighted by bright touches of orange.

Orange County: Reports from the Cornwall area and Storm King Art Center predict 10% color change with hints of red, orange and yellow leaves of average brilliance. Spotters in Newburgh predict 10% color change, with a few fall colors appearing in the mostly green trees.

Contact Victoria Freile at vfreile@gannett.com. Follow her on Twitter @vfreile and Instagram @vfreile. This coverage is only possible with support from our readers.