Fall Foliage Forecast

Find out when and where to see the fall foliage over the next few weeks, plus some activities you can do to enjoy the views.

Posted: Sep 18, 2020 7:22 PM

Coronavirus has limited the number of activities we can do. But do some outdoor activities, especially seeing the leaves change color. And you may want to do it soon. If you want to see the leaves change color in the Adirondacks, you should go within the next few weeks. The Town of Webb Tourism Director, Mr. Mike Farmer, said "Which fits in perfectly with what's going on now, because people want to get away. But not too far, because of the travel impact."

The official start of fall isn't until September 22nd, but the leaves are already beginning to change in the Adirondacks. The leaves first begin to change in the higher elevation areas such as the Adirondacks, because the temperatures are colder here than in the Mohawk Valley. Mr. Farmer said "We've had some change going on for about two to three weeks, but now we're seeing major portions of each tree pop. Right now we're running at about 25-30% change."

With the cold nights we are expecting this week, many leaves will begin to change color, especially in the Adirondacks. Mr. Farmer said "By next weekend, we're going to see a major change. We're going to see probably more than half of the leaves change, about 50-60%. And that's right on schedule."

Mapping the peak period for each area. The end of September is the usual peak period for the highest elevations of the Adirondacks. You should head out to see the leaves change within the next couple weeks. The first week of October is the peak period for the rest of the Adirondacks and Tug Hill Plateau, plus the Southern Valleys. Then by the middle of October, the Mohawk Valley reaches their peak period. During this time, all of the leaves in our viewing will have changed or be past peak and begin to fall off trees.

Many people go hiking or come to the chairlift ride at McCauley Mountain. And the views are spectacular. Mr. Farmer said "This is the number one draw, for several reasons. Primary is our scenic chairlift ride where people come here, get a ride to the top, get the view over the Fulton chain of lakes for all of the fall colors that are emerging now, really starting to pop." 

They also have new mountain biking trails to view the foliage. Mr. Farmer said "Over the past two years, with the help of the Adirondacks Foothills Trails Alliance - a trail building group, top level professional trail building group - we have developed 26 miles, and growing, 26 miles of mountain bike trails here at McCauley Mountain Recreation Center." There are activities for every age group up to enjoy the fall foliage.

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