As leaves start to change in North Country, New York’s fall foliage reports begin
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 11:38 am

The colorful change of fall foliage is upon us, and the season’s first I Love New York fall foliage report says the change is starting in the North Country.

New York’s foliage season has just begun, with the first significant signs of spectacular fall colors appearing in the Adirondacks, Thousand Islands-Seaway and Capital-Saratoga regions, according to observers for the Empire State Development Division of Tourism’s I Love New York program.

In St. Lawrence County, spotters in Canton expect 10 percent color change with touches of yellow and orange leaves of average brilliance, the report says.

In the Adirondacks, spotters in Tupper Lake, Franklin County, are predicting up to 10 percent color change for the weekend with tinges of mustard, goldenrod, copper, burgundy and an occasional crimson setting the stage for an impressive foliage display.

At present, leaves are below average in brilliance, but that is expected to change with the arrival of evening frosts. Spotters in Saranac Lake expect up to 10 percent color change with leaves still predominantly green.

Look for red leaves on red maple trees and various hues of yellow and orange on sugar maples. Essex County foliage spotters in Crown Point expect color changes between five and 15 percent, with most of the change occurring at higher elevations. Look for hints of rust with some occasional bright leaves.

The report, online at, charts color foliage conditions across the state, and will be updated each Wednesday through the end of autumn.