The fall foliage season is in full swing in Upstate New York, even though most of the Mohawk Valley trees are just starting to turn.

The I Love New York campaign puts out a report annually regarding the progress of one of the state's top tourist attractions, the changing colors of the leaves in our parks, forests and communities.

The report has the fall foliage peaking this weekend in places like Lake Placid to the north and the Catskills to the south. Lower elevations in the North Country such as Boonville and higher elevations to the south like Richfield Springs and Cooperstown are at the mid-way point. In Northern Herkimer County in Old Forge, the color transition is expected to reach 85% this weekend with "bright shades of red, orange an yellow," according to the report.

Fall foliage on Monday, October 7, 2019 in the Town of Columbia in Herkimer County. (Photo by Bill Keeler for WIBX)
Fall foliage on Monday, October 7, 2019 in the Town of Columbia in Herkimer County (south of Mohawk atop Vickerman Hill). (Photo by Bill Keeler for WIBX)

The Scenic Adirondack Railroad offers round trips from Utica to Thendara (Old Forge) this weekend and next. The train has limited availability remaining for October 10, 12, 17 and 19.  The train leaves the Utica train station at 9:30 a.m. and returns at around 6 p.m..  For more information call 1-800-819-2291.

New York State Fall Foliage Report  Oct 1 -  8

Adirondacks/Old Forge85%
Catskills75% - 85%
Central New York20% in the Valley, 40% in the higher elevations
Capital District/Saratoga60%
Finger Lakes45% - 50%
Niagara/Western NY35% - 45%
Hudson Valley40%
Lake Placid/Whiteface90%

*credit I Love NY



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