Foliage Report

An awesome Adirondack autumn

Fall is a spectacular time of year to visit the Adirondack Coast. As the Adirondack Mountains burst into color, reflections play off the water of Lake Champlain to magnify the experience. Our numerous other lakes and ponds also serve as perfect reflecting pools.

Here are some of the best ways to take in the views:

Up for a hike?

  • Champlain Area Trails’ collection of 56 family-friendly trails throughout the region will directly connect you to nature and the vibrant Adirondack color of our forests, farms, fields, and wetlands that are so dazzling at this time of year. 
  • Consider the Cheney Mountain Trail, Coon Mountain, or the Coot Hill/Big Hollow Trial. All offer stunning views from their summits with vistas stretching north and south for miles along this 125-mile long lake.
  • The slightly more challenging hike up Poke-O-Moonshine.

Bring the bike

Scenic drives

  • There is no shortage of scenery along Route 9N throughout the Lake Champlain Region, which offers stunning views of foliage along the coast and rolling farmland that you won’t see elsewhere in the Adirondacks.

2020 Fall Foliage Reports


October 20, 2020

Percent of trees predicted to have changed by the coming weekend: 100%

 Brilliance: Average with patches of bright

 Predominating colors: 

Rating: patches of color contain the mix

Patches of color can be found on the eastern facing Adirondack mountain slopes near Lake Champlain 

October 13, 2020

Percent of trees predicted to have changed by the coming weekend: 100%

 Brilliance: Average with patches of bright

 Predominating colors: Full range of reds, oranges, yellows, purples

Rating: Predominantly past peak with patches of peak

October 6, 2020

Percent of trees predicted to have changed by the coming weekend: 80-95%

 Brilliance: Bright

 Predominating colors: The full mix of yellows, oranges, reds....some purples

Rating: Nearing peak

September 29, 2020

Percent of trees predicted to have changed by the coming weekend: 60%

 Brilliance: Very bright

 Predominating colors: Wow! Foliage has come on fast! Yellows, oranges, reds, purples, you name it!  

Rating: A strong, vibrant mid-point

Very flashy interspersed with some lingering greens.  Fast progression of color this year. 

September 22, 2020

Percent of trees predicted to have changed by the coming weekend: 10-20%

 Brilliance: Average

 Predominating colors: Still a considerable amount of green, with occasional/infrequent bright areas of yellow and orange. Little red so far.

Rating: Beginning

Still mostly green near the lake, a little sporadic color inland with elevation and to the north. Occasional flash of orange-red. 

September 15, 2020

Percent of trees predicted to have changed by the coming weekend: 5-8%

 Brilliance: Average

 Predominating colors: Still a considerable amount of green, with occasional/infrequent bright areas of yellow and orange. Little red so far.

Rating: Just beginning

Still mostly green near the lake, a little sporadic color inland with elevation.  Nothing significant yet. 

September 8, 2020

Percent of trees predicted to have changed by the coming weekend: Less than 5%

 Brilliance: Subtle

 Predominating colors: Predominantly green near the lake, a few subtle touches of yellow, orange more to the north (Keeseville) and at elevation.

Rating: Yet to begin/just beginning