Fall’s picturesque peak pigments persist throughout NYS vacation’s regions


The journey of gorgeous fall colors across New York State continues this weekend, with peak foliage expected to be found in parts of eight of the state’s 11 vacation 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 Central New York, peak foliage is expected in Madison County around Oneida, with 90% color change with brilliant red, yellow, orange and green leaves. Otsego County spotters in Cooperstown expect that leaves will be at-peak this weekend with 55% color change and mostly orange leaves. Broome County reports from Binghamton are anticipating peak to just-past-peak foliage with 80% color transition and bright green, red, yellow and orange leaves.
In Schoharie County, Cobleskill volunteers predict foliage will be near-peak with more than 50% color change and mostly orange and yellow leaves, while Oneida County spotters in Utica expect that foliage will be at midpoint of change with nearly 50% transition and varying shades of green, yellow, orange and red. Herkimer County reports from Herkimer project that foliage will be at midpoint of change with 60% color transition and yellow and orange leaves of average brilliance, along with the remaining green leaves. Foliage will be past-peak in Chenango County, according to spotters in Norwich, with nearly complete leaf change.
In the Finger Lakes, Cortland County spotters in the City of Cortland anticipate peak foliage with 70% change and bright red and orange leaves. Ontario County volunteers in Bristol and Naples predict that peak conditions with 70% change and a full range of fall color. Spotters reporting from Canandaigua and Victor expect peak and just-past-peak foliage with more than 75% change and a range of muted fall colors, plus a significant amount of droppage. Observations from Marcus Whitman Middle School in Rushville expect foliage to be at midpoint of change with 50% transition and bright patches of yellow and orange leaves breaking through the green backdrop.
Schuyler County spotters reporting from Watkins Glen and Hector anticipate peak foliage with 70% transition and average shades of yellow, orange and red. Visitors can find especially good color around the southern end of Seneca Lake.
In Tompkins County, reports from Ithaca and Trumansburg expect peak foliage with 80% color change and orange and yellow leaves, plus pops of red and significant leaf droppage. Chemung County spotters in Elmira are predicting near-peak leaves with 75-80% color change and a seasonal mix of golds and burgundies. Onondaga County volunteers at Labrador Hollow Unique Area in Tully predict peak foliage with 75% change and muted yellow, orange and brown leaves. Spotters in Syracuse predict that foliage will be at midpoint of change with nearly 50% transition and muted yellow and mustard leaves, along a few subdued shades of red. Foliage in the city around Upper Onondaga Park will be at midpoint of change with 50% transition and an abundance of muted to average yellows, plus some emerging hints of orange and red.