Update: Fall Foliage Is Officially In Full Swing In New York State!

And it’s leafy… green, yellow, red?

Fall in New York is one of the most beautiful times of year and it’s easy to see why, especially upstate. To keep New Yorkers updated on the leafy changes, the Empire State Development Division of Tourism’s “I Love New York” program releases a fall foliage report every week throughout the fall.  The first signs of color began appearing in the Adirondacks on September 12. Just about a month later, we’ve reached full blown foliage levels.

photo via iloveny.com
photo via iloveny.com

According to the report, “beautiful peak and near-peak foliage continues to spread throughout the Adirondacks and Catskills regions, while peak and near-peak colors are increasing in the Central New York and Thousand Islands-Seaway regions.” The rest of the state seems to be following in tow, reaching at least 50% foliage in almost the entire state. Long Island and the City are bringing up the rear with 10 and 15% foliage in the areas, respectively. You can take a look at the details of the report below:


-Franklin County: peak foliage with 85 percent color change and bold, bright, and beautiful red, purple, orange, and yellow leaves.

Tupper Lake: just past peak foliage. 90–95 percent color change. Colors are of average brilliance and range from honey hues to, goldenrod, saffron, ginger, cinnamon, russet, clementine, paprika, and merlot.

-Essex County: expect peak foliage this weekend, with 100 percent color change and bright, brilliant shades of gold, yellow, red, and deep red.

Thousand Islands-Seaway

-St. Lawrence County: A 70 percent color change with average shades of yellow, orange and red leaves is predicted for this weekend

-Oswego County: 50 percent color change and foliage.

-Capital-Saratoga: 60 percent color transition and bright shades of red, yellow, gold, amber and rust

Hudson Valley

-45–55 percent color change with yellow, gold, orange, and some red leaves of average brilliance.

Long Island

-On Eastern Long Island, expect less than 10 percent color change this weekend with some trees around inland ponds and lakes beginning to change to yellow and orange.


-Greene County and nearby areas above 2,000 feet are expecting peak foliage this weekend with nearly 100 percent of the trees changed

Finger Lakes

-Expect 75 percent color change and bright red, gold, yellow, and orange leaves heading toward near-peakGreater Niagara

New York City

-Expect 15 percent color change by the weekend

The report is updated Wednesday afternoons through the fall foliage season. Have you noticed the changes? Keep an eye out around city parks with heavy tree density- hopefully by the end of the month there should be a some more color change in NYC too!

Looking to check out the foliage for yourself?

Why not try an upstate hike this weekend? Check out this list of beautiful trails you can get to by public transport.

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