Catskills Fall Foliage Report

Kaaterskill Falls Fall Foliage 2022

Kaaterskill Falls / Oct 16, 2022

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Catskills Fall Foliage Report 2022

The Catskills Fall Foliage Report is updated weekly, direct from the Catskills.

Plan your visit with these helpful fall foliage guides…

When is the best time to see fall foliage in the Catskills?

Catskills foliage begins to peak at the very end of September and typically runs until the last week of October. However, it’s different every year — so keep an eye on this Catskills fall foliage report for the latest intel and photography.

How long does Catskills fall foliage last?

In 2021, it was winding down around the end of October. This year, because of summer weather stresses, it is winding down a little sooner.

Where’s the best place to stay for fall foliage in the Catskills?

Check out these incredible Catskills vacation rentals for an amazing stay in our world-famous mountains.


Catskills Fall Foliage Report 2022
Week 7: Oct 26-Nov 1

We’re definitely past peak now but there’s still plenty of stunning foliage all over The Catskills — it’s just all down low. Here’s where to find it…

Catskills Fall Foliage Map 2022
Fall Foliage Map 2022 Week 7

Thanks to ILOVENY.COM for this excellent I Love NY Fall Fall Foliage Report map.

OCT 27: This is what “past peak foliage” looks like in The Catskills. Still pretty amazing!

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Catskills / Oct 27, 2022
Fall Foliage 2022 Catskills
Catskills / Oct 27, 2022
Fall Foliage 2022 Catskills
Catskills / Oct 27, 2022
Fall Foliage 2022 Catskills
Catskills / Oct 27, 2022

These shots were taken at the Ashokan Quarry Trail which is an easy one-hour hike that’s full of visual interest.

The foliage is still golden down low so try one of these Catskills Nature Trails for a beautiful hour or two in the woods this weekend.

OCT 26: In the Eastern Catskills above 2000 feet, only oaks and larches retain their red and yellow fall foliage. Seen here from Dibbles Quarry

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Dibbles Quarry

Lower down, however, there’s still lots of fall foliage on show, and many green patches remain…

Fall Foliage 2022 Catskills
Kingston

Up high, stick season is here. Down low, it’s coming soon.

Catskills Fall Foliage Report 2022
Week 6: Oct 19-25

TL;DR: We are now passing peak foliage in the Eastern Catskills, while the Western Catskills have passed peak foliage.

TUE, OCT 25: Your best bet for fall foliage right now is the cloves in the Eastern Catskills, which tend to hang on to leaves longer than anywhere else in the area. In Kaaterskill Clove, hit up Kaaterskill Falls and Inspiration Point, or Poet’s Ledge. In Platte Clove, Huckleberry Point is a good bet.

Also think about the Gunks: the Lake Minnewaska Loop (easy) and Gertrude’s Nose (hard) are excellent hikes with incredible seasonal foliage.

WED, OCT 19: IMO, the New York Fall Foliage map overstates how past-peak the Catskills really are. But time is definitely running out…

Both the fire tower at Ferncliff Forest and the Rhinecliff Bridge have great views of what’s going on right now. I’m still seeing a lot of green down low, in and around The Catskills. Higher up, on Overlook and Plattekill mountains, I do see lots of red. The end is near! But until then, so lovely out there.

Here’s what I saw today…

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Catskills / Oct 19, 2022
catskills fall foliage 2022 with hiker
Catskills / Oct 19, 2022
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Catskills / Oct 19, 2022
catskills fall foliage 2022
Catskills / Oct 19, 2022
catskills fall foliage 2022
Catskills / Oct 19, 2022

As you can see, there’s still plenty of green left to covert to fall foliage.

Further west, the mountains are more bare. For now, your best bet is to hit the Eastern Catskills, in particular the two major cloves — Kaaterskill Clove and Platte Clove — both of which have multiple incredible hikes and great places to eat!

The next few days should be good, perhaps extending into the weekend…


More fall foliage photos…

Catskills Fall Foliage Report 2022
Week 5: Oct 12-18

We are now at peak foliage. This is definitely the weekend to come. Next weekend? Who knows!

SUNDAY, OCT 16: Took a quick drive up to Kaaterskill Falls with approximately one billion other leaf-peepers. Foliage is now beginning to peak in the cloves.

Kaaterskill Falls Fall Foliage 2022
Kaaterskill Falls / Oct 16, 2022

Traffic and parking was insane. See the smart parking tip on my Instagram post.

Kaaterskill Falls Fall Foliage 2022
Kaaterskill Falls / Oct 16, 2022

Pinch of salt about The Catskills being past peak. Route 28 is still plenty green. Have a few locations in mind and be prepared to drive around. Still lots of amazing fall foliage to see in The Catskills.

But keep an eye on this week’s cold snap. Wear lots of layers so you can modulate your temperature as you walk around.

SATURDAY, OCT 15: Things have changed radically in The Catskills over the last 48 hrs. The big weekend is here. This is definitely the weekend to get outside. Here are today’s photos from Samuels Point.

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Samuels Point / Oct 15, 2022

It’s still patchy. There’s lots of green left, but it’s changing rapidly. (And this week will see the first big freeze of the cold season hit The Catskills.)

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Devil’s Path seen from Samuel’s Point / Oct 15, 2022
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Samuels Point / Oct 15, 2022

FRIDAY, OCT 14: From what a friend and I saw in Kaaterskill Clove tonight, it looked to us like the foliage there was still only 40% turned! Other spots, like Giant Ledge, are much further along. Some places are even past peak. The theme of this year’s fall foliage is PATCHY! It really depends on where you are in the Catskills, east/west, and the exact makeup of the forests. This weekend, it will pay to drive around and have several spots on your itinerary.

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Kaaterskill Clove / Oct 14, 2022
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Kaaterskill Clove / Oct 14, 2022
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Kaaterskill Clove / Oct 14, 2022

Next weekend’s foliage will be affected by a severe mid-week cold snap. Something to bear in mind.

THURSDAY, OCT 13: After work, I took a quick drive up Platte Clove Road to Prediger Road, to take a look at Indian Head. Kaaterskill High Peak was completely shrouded in cloud because an overnight rainstorm is currently blowing through The Catskills.

Indian Head was almost clouded over too, but not quite…

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Fall foliage 2022 at the base of Indian Head

As you can see, the deciduous trees at the base of Indian Head are either peaking or about to peak. (Most of the green trees you can see in the photos above and below are evergreen.)

Higher up on Indian Head, when the clouds allowed a brief window, everything looked like it was peaking to me: lots of yellow and orange, not much green at all.

Prediger Road is the trailhead for Indian Head and Twin mountains. Currently, it’s a mix of green and yellow/orange trees. It looks like this…

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Prediger Road / Oct 13, 2022

Lower down on Platte Clove Road…

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Platte Clove Road / Oct 13, 2022

Looking into Platte Clove itself…

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Platte Clove / Oct 13, 2022

How this storm affects the trees remains to be seen. Currently, my plan is to hike after work Friday evening, and then hike again first thing Saturday morning.

I’ll update this page with additional photos over the course of the weekend.

Looking for a place to stay for your fall foliage trip? Check out these incredible Catskills Stays.

Next Step: bookmark this page and check back often — I’m out there every week and posting fresh Catskills fall foliage photos right here — and on my Instagram account.

Catskills Fall Foliage Report 2022
Week 4: Oct 5-11

You should plan on visiting either area this weekend and next weekend to make the most of it.

Thursday and Friday, I went to the Adirondacks as they’re beginning to peak right now. With scenes like these, I think I made the right call for sure…

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Fall Foliage Report 2022 Week 4 (Adirondacks)

Fall Foliage 2022
Fall Foliage Report 2022 Week 4 (Adirondacks)

The Catskills are further south, so they’re a little slower to get rolling — but it’s definitely starting down here too.

Catskills Fall Foliage Report 2022
Week 3: Sep 28-Oct 4

Catskills fall foliage colors are beginning to emerge in earnest. But only just. This weekend could see the start of the fall foliage show for real.

I was up on top of Thomas Cole and Black Dome mountains on Tuesday, September 27 — looking over at Blackhead — and this is what I saw…

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Fall Foliage 2022 Week 3 (Blackhead)

It looked to me like about 5% fall foliage, tops! — well below other reports and predictions I’m seeing online.

Catskills Fall Foliage isn’t here yet but it’s on the way!

Catskills Fall Foliage Report 2022
Week 2: Sep 21-27

It’s still early days in the Catskills fall foliage for 2022. On a long hike in the Western Catskills last weekend, I was glad to see the trails were wet and the trees were faring better than during our August drought.

I think the ILOVENY foliage forecast might be getting a little ahead of things, based on what I saw on Dry Brook Ridge…

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Fall Foliage 2022

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Fall Foliage 2022

The yellow is definitely starting but I’m not convinced things will be that yellow this weekend. Then again, it’s never a bad idea to visit the Catskills.

Catskills Fall Foliage Report 2022
Week 1: Sep 14-20

We’re definitely starting a little earlier this year, due to the drought which has really affected a few species. Recent rains, I hope, will help return fall foliage to a more typical timeline.

As it stands, we have some yellowing but, really, it’s still very early in the change.

Friday this week, I’ll be hiking in The Catskills and will add pics below — so bookmark this page and check back later to see current reports from The Catskills.

Early indications for this year’s New York fall foliage…

Sep 8: What will the hot, dry summer mean for fall foliage? This Times Union article says “low rainfall paired with higher-than-average temperatures this summer may make for a more muted and accelerated leaf-peeping season in the Capital Region.”

Aug 28: There’s no question that the prolonged drought has been stressing our trees here in The Catskills and elsewhere in New York. So far, however, only a few species have succumbed and begun to shed their leaves — most notably the striped maple. This has happened before in times of drought.

The good news is that striped maple is an understory species and is not responsible for most of of the amazing fall foliage colors we see here, every year, in The Catskills.

You’ll be glad to know that our sugar maples and our red maples, not to mention our tremendous oaks, are still in very good shape. And we’ve recently had some rain.

ILOVENY.COM has an up-to-date interactive map you can bookmark at…

Reports are obtained from volunteer field observers and reflect expected color conditions for the coming weekend. Reports are issued every Wednesday afternoon.

You can also follow their Instagram at instagram.com/iloveny/ for updates direct to your Insta feed.

While you’re there, you can follow me — at instagram.com/TotalCatskills/ — for lots of great Catskills content!

I Love NY urges travelers to follow all COVID-related public health and safety guidelines while enjoying the foliage this season.

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