This is the sixth 2021 I LOVE NY Fall Foliage Report for New York State. Reports are obtained from volunteer field observers and reflect expected color conditions for the coming weekend. Reports are issued every Wednesday afternoon. I LOVE NY urges travelers to follow all COVID-related public health and safety guidelines while enjoying the foliage this season. Visitors should call ahead and check websites and social media to make sure attractions are open and available. More information on New York State travel and COVID-19 is available here.
In the Hudson Valley, Dutchess County volunteers in Poughkeepsie predict 60% color change and bright, near-peak foliage of yellow and orange, along with some spots of red and green. Spotters reporting from Beacon and Fishkill expect around 40% change with red and yellow leaves of average brilliance. Not as much color change is noticeable on the mountains, which are still mostly green, while more change is visible at ground level. Leaves will be at midpoint of change in Columbia County around Hudson, with 40% transition and average-to-bright burnt sienna, gold, and yellow leaves, along with touches of red. Orange County spotters in Newburgh predict foliage approaching midpoint of change with orange and red leaves of average brilliance, and a considerable amount of remaining green. Observers in Goshen predict 25% change with average-to-bright touches of orange and red, and foliage observers in Cornwall expect 20% or more color change by the weekend, with emerging yellow leaves, and some orange-red. In Putnam County, Cold Spring spotters expect around 10% change with touches of golden-yellow, red, and orange leaves appearing over the muted green backdrop.
Beautiful peak foliage will be found in most areas of the Catskills region this weekend, along with areas of the Adirondacks, Thousand Islands-Seaway, Chautauqua-Allegheny, and Central New York regions, according to volunteer observers for Empire State Development’s I LOVE NY program.
To view and interactive map of fall foliage in NY State visit the I Love NY Fall Foliage Report Website.