Fall Foliage in New York State: Where and When to Go!

By | September 12, 2014

It’s that time of year in New York State when the leaves are just beginning to change color and, if you are in the right place at the right time, the sights can be spectacular!

So where are the right places to be and when in New York State particularly because peak fall foliage is going to be much different in Upstate New York versus Downstate?

Here’s your answer! Each week at the I Love New York website they provide a map and description of where to go in order to maximize your viewing experience.

For the seven days from September 10 – 16, here’s the answer:

New York State’s colorful foliage season is officially here as the first significant signs of spectacular fall colors are beginning to appear in the Adirondacks, Thousand Islands-Seaway, and Catskills regions, according to observers for the Empire State Development Division of Tourism’s I LOVE NEW YORK program.

In the Adirondacks region, foliage spotters based in Lake Placid expect up to 20 percent color change by the weekend with brilliant patches of gold, yellow, orange and some scattered red leaves. Cool, crisp nights and sunny days are creating the components for a fantastic foliage season according to foliage spotters in the Tupper Lake/Mt. Arab areas of Franklin County. For the coming weekend they expect up to 20 percent color change with leaves of muted brilliance. Look for sporadic tones of burgundy, scarlet, ginger and goldenrod.

Foliage spotters in the Thousand Islands-Seaway region based in Oswego County project up to 20 percent color change by this weekend. From the Salmon River near Pulaski in Oswego County, the sugar maples and oaks are shades of green, with spots of yellow and orange. Red maples and sumacs have started to emerge. In southern Oswego County, near Phoenix and Fulton, most trees are exhibiting some color change, with trees of full shades of green limited.

In the Catskills region, Greene County spotters in Lanesville predict 20 percent color change with greens becoming duller and lighter and shades of red beginning to appear. Some individual trees can be spotted sporting shades of yellow and red. In Ulster County, leaf peepers in Kingston expect up to 15 percent color change with some yellow leaves of average brilliance. Spotters in Saugerties expect areas of up to 15 percent color change by weekend, with bright shades of yellow and gold starting to appear against a mostly green backdrop.

The rest of the state reports 10 percent or less color change.


Written by Michael Haltman, President of Hallmark Abstract Service, New York.

HAS is a provider of title insurance in New York State for residential and commercial real estate transactions specializing in the areas of New York City, Long Island and Westchester.

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If you have any questions you can reach Michael by email at mhaltman@hallmarkabstractllc.com.

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