Catskills & Adirondacks Fall Foliage Reports 2023

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Fall Foliage Catskills

Western Catskills / Route 28

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The New York Fall Foliage Report is updated weekly, direct from the Catskills and Adirondacks. Scroll down for everything you need to know and amazing fall foliage photos direct from the hills.

Among the many regions where fall foliage flourishes, The Hudson Valley offers a trio of outstanding destinations for those seeking to bask in the beauty of autumn’s grand spectacle. The Catskill Mountains, Adirondacks, and Shawangunk Ridge (also known as the Gunks) are the crown jewels of New York’s fall foliage treasures.

In the Catskills, the landscape awakens as maple, oak, and birch trees put on a mesmerizing display of color. Visitors flock to this region, exploring the Catskills’ extensive trail networks, scenic drives, and charming towns to witness the fiery transformation of the forests.

Meanwhile, the Adirondacks, with their vast wilderness and serene lakes, provide a breathtaking canvas for nature’s artistry. Here, the contrast of deep green conifers against the brilliance of deciduous trees creates a tapestry of colors that captivates the soul.

Down in the Shawangunks, a different kind of magic unfolds as the rocky cliffs and tranquil forests come alive with autumnal brilliance. This region, known for its world-class rock climbing, also offers unparalleled opportunities for fall foliage enthusiasts to immerse themselves in nature’s symphony.

Catskills & Adirondacks Fall Foliage Reports 2023

Catskills & Adirondacks Fall Foliage Report 2023
Week 7: Oct 25-Oct 31

The show is definitely winding down, but there are still amazing pockets of fall foliage to walk through all over the Catskills. Stay low and you’ll find the good stuff.


This morning I hiked to Tremper Mountain Fire Tower with friends. It’s a good steep work-out hike with an amazing payoff from the fire tower.

Down low, lots of yellow, even as high as this spring at 2,200 feet…

Fall Foliage Catskills
Tremper Mountain, Oct 27, 2023

A little higher up, the leaves were a deep rusty color…

Fall Foliage Catskills
Tremper Mountain, Oct 27, 2023

View from the fire tower where you an see lots of color, but a majority of trees are denuded, and the mountains are starting to look bare and brown…

Fall Foliage Catskills
View from Tremper Mountain fire tower, Oct 27, 2023

On the way out, back down low, still some patches of green but a lot of golden dappled light in the forest.

Fall Foliage Catskills
Tremper Mountain, Oct 27, 2023

Saturday (Oct 28) looks like it could be the last warm, summery day of the fall foliage season.

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Catskills & Adirondacks Fall Foliage Report 2023
Week 6: Oct 18-Oct 24

There’s still plenty of green in the Catskills, leaves that are just on the cusp on turning. Your best bets are down low, all along Route 28, and the eastern cloves.


On my way back from the Western Catskills, I passed around and through the Pepacton Reservoir, where I saw plenty of vibrant fall colors.

Fall Foliage Catskills
Western Catskills / Route 28
Fall Foliage Catskills
Western Catskills / Route 28
Fall Foliage Catskills
Western Catskills / Route 28

Another bleak weekend ahead, though! Saturday will be rainy. Sunday will be cold and windy.

If you want to catch this year’s golden goodness, I’d get here here soon.

Catskills & Adirondacks Fall Foliage Report 2023
Week 5: Oct 11-Oct 17

Patchy as all-get-out this year, IMO. The Adirondacks are well ahead of the Catskills, and Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine have yet to kick off down low.


After another rainy weekend, I made it out to the Western Catskills. Are we past peak already? I can’t honestly say so because, this year, we never really got to peak! This was mostly because of several consecutive rainy and stormy weeks which defoliated half the trees quite early in the season.

The remaining trees are in full foliage mode, but the overall effect right now is very muted.

But don’t lose heart. As with last year, there are still epic locations if you know where to look…

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It’s true that may Catskill locations currently look like this…

Fall Foliage Catskills
Pepacton Reservoir

…and this…

Fall Foliage Catskills
Pepacton Reservoir

…and this…

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View from the summit off Bramley Mountain

But at lower elevations—where most people hike, anyway!—there are still lots of places that look like this…

Fall Foliage Catskills
Pepacton Reservoir

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Bramley Mountain blue trail

Fall Foliage Catskills
Bramley Mountain red trail

So while we don’t have rolling hills of yellow, red and gold this year, it’s still extremely lovely to walk in the Catskills forests.

Two more points…

  • Your best shot for excellent foliage is now in the eastern cloves because that’s where the leaves are best protected from storms and cold—so look at Kaaterskill Clove and Waterfall, and Platte Clove;
  • On my drive west along Route 28 yesterday, I noticed that Tremper Mountain was still almost entirely green—so the Central Catskills are worth a look, too.


I’m traveling right now, in New Hampshire today, on Mount Chocorua. Tomorrow, I’m heading back to New York via Vermont.

This is the state of play in New Hampshire at elevation, where the deciduous trees are now clearly differentiated from the evergreens…

Fall Foliage seeing from Mount Chocorua in New Hampshire, Oct 11
View from Mount Chocorua in New Hampshire, Oct 11

On the other hand, down low, everything is still pretty green…

Piper Trail
Piper Trail still very green

Catskills & Adirondacks Fall Foliage Report 2023
Week 4: Oct 4-Oct 10

It smells like fall. It looks like fall. Fall has come to the Catskills.

The foliage has really started to pop over the last few days. I think that this weekend (the 7th) and next weekend (the 14th) could possibly be it for the 2023 Catskills Fall Foliage season.

Stormy weather hits both the Adirondacks and the Catskills this weekend, and this may defoliate trees. You should get here immediately. (Fall foliage is definitely happening in the Adirondacks.)

Hudson Highlands? This coming week is looking good for fall colors down there.


Last evening, I hiked the big loop around Hunter mountain, from Spruceton, up past Diamond Notch Falls, over the summit, and back down the other side. Here’s what it looks like on the ground right now—gorgeous!

Catksills Fall Foliage 2023
Diamond Notch Falls, Oct 4

Catksills Fall Foliage 2023
John Robb Lean-To, Oct 4

Lower down, things are still pretty green. But the Devil’s Path mountains are definitely turning red.

I hope to get to the Adirondacks over the next few days and will update this page a.s.a.p.

Catksills Fall Foliage 2023
Sean at the John Robb lean-to shelter on Hunter Mountain at sunset

Catskills & Adirondacks Fall Foliage Report 2023
Week 3: Sept 27-Oct 3

In the Catskills, it’s beginning to start. So far, the very earliest colors seem a little muted. 


I hiked up to North Point for its classic Catskills view of North/South Lake Campground. As you can see, it’s just a very light sprinkling of ochres and mustard yellows in a swath of rich green…

New York Fall Foliage 2023
Catskills, Wed., Sep 27, 2023

New York Fall Foliage 2023
Catskills, Wed., Sep 27, 2023

New York Fall Foliage 2023
Catskills, Wed., Sep 27, 2023

New York Fall Foliage 2023
Sean at North Point

Things are a little further along in the Adirondacks. I’ll get back up there this coming week. And I’ll continue to update this week’s fall foliage report with more photos as I hike.

Catskills & Adirondacks Fall Foliage Report 2023
Week 2: Sept 20-26

Many websites seem to be rushing to tell leaf-peepers, “It’s happening!” but I’m not seeing it on the ground, locally.

I am getting some reports of low down leaves turning and falling, which signals the beginning of the autumn change — but this is still just the very beginning. We are not at peak, or even near mid-peak.

The rain crushed the weekend and I was not able to get out. However, I was confident that my prediction would hold and that fall foliage has some time to arrive. That proved to be correct. See Week 3 above.

Catskills & Adirondacks Fall Foliage Report 2023
Week 1: Sept 13-19

We’re just beginning. There’s no current need to rush to catch New York’s fall foliage turning. We have several weeks of color development to work through before we get anywhere near peak.

This weekend, The Catskills are predicted to be at 5-15% change but, from what I’m seeing on the ground, I have my doubts. I’ll be out this weekend to shoot the 2023 season’s first fall foliage photos.


Here are some photos from Indian Head in the Adirondacks from Saturday…

Fall Foliage 2023
Adirondacks / Sep 16, 2023

As you can see, fall foliage is barely beginning upstate, with only the slightest tinge of yellow beginning to come into the leaves.

Fall Foliage 2023
Adirondacks / Sep 16, 2023

There are some freshly fallen leaves on the ground, so the season is beginning. But we are still some time from Fall Foliage For Real™.

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Predictions for the 2023 Catskills & Adirondacks Fall Foliage Season

This year, once again, we may be starting earlier than usual. I’ve read online that this year’s fall colors may arrive prematurely due to the stunning amount of rain we had this year. This spring and summer, our tree roots did not get as much oxygen and nutrients as they typically do.

“Waterlogged soil keeps roots from respirating and absorbing nutrients efficiently, which leads to stress and can cause the leaves to start turning early. We do expect a lot of early color this year, especially in the red maple wetlands, where some swamp maples are already starting to turn. This should make for a long foliage season overall,” says Jim Salge at

By the beginning of September, hikers have been reporting that they are noticing the first orange and red leaves on Catskills High Peaks. However, so far, it’s minimal and highly localized. I hiked across Giant Ledge and Panther Mountain on September 3 and saw only a handful of turned colors.

We’re still at 99.99% lush green.

Apart from a few fallen maple leaves, the only thing I noticed were the first dying hobblebush leaves of the season — a reliable understory sign of the end of summer — though bear in mind that this always happens well in advance of the fall foliage change.

Catskills Fall Foliage Report 2023

Once the fall foliage begins to turn, ILOVENY.COM maintain an up-to-date interactive map you can watch at…

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

Frequently Asked Questions about New York’s Fall Foliage

When is the best time to see fall foliage in New York?

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

When can you see fall colors in upstate NY?

Late September and early October.

Does the Catskills have foliage in October?

Absolutely. The first two weeks of October is usually a pretty solid bet.

How long does Catskills/Adirondacks fall foliage last?

In 2021, it wound down around the end of October.

In 2022, the show was largely over by Oct 25 — though, if you knew where to look, there was still amazing foliage to be seen in some magical patches. (See photos below.)

Where is the best place to see fall foliage in upstate New York?

The great views are in the mountains. Plan on visiting the Catskills, the Adirondacks, and the Gunks.

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.

How should I plan to see the New York Fall Foliage change this year?

Plan your visit with these helpful fall foliage guides…

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