If you are a "leaf peeper" this is the time of year you live for. The changing colors of the leaves around upstate New York is a thing of beauty and  only observable for a few short weeks every autumn. This weekend my wife and I drove up Route 28 to Inlet and the colors were at peak and magnificent. If you plan to do some "leaf peeping" this might come in handy.

  In Herkimer County, Old Forge-based color observers are predicting 95-100 percent leaf change by weekend, with bright and beautiful peak reds, russets, oranges and golds contrasting beautifully with the evergreens.

In Hamilton County over the past week. Look for up to 80 percent color change and near peak to peak conditions in the northern portion of the county, including the towns of Indian Lake, Inlet and Long Lake. Foliage spotters in Speculator, Piseco and Wells predict color change between 50 and 80 percent by the weekend.

Color change is also progressing in the Central New York region. In Chenango County, spotters in Norwich expect 60-65 percent change with muted yellow and orange leaves and near peak conditions. In Otsego County, Cooperstown observers expect 50 percent color change with orange and yellow leaves of average brilliance. Look for conditions at midpoint in the higher elevations.

via ILOVENY | The Official New York State Tourism Site-Current Foliage Report.

For a complete New York State foliage report click here.