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State says Hudson Valley foliage at midpoint

According to New York State, the peak foliage will arrive in Columbia County this weekend, according to spotters. “Expect 55 to 70 percent color change with average to bright yellow, gold and orange leaves with some red mixed in,” tourism officials reported on their weekly fall foliage report for the week of Oct. 17.

“In Dutchess County, Poughkeepsie foliage spotters expect 50 percent color change with green leaves gradually being overtaken by red, orange and yellow in higher elevations. Northern Dutchess should be at midpoint or near-peak by the weekend, while trees to the south along the Hudson River still have many green leaves.

“Orange County spotters reporting from Goshen expect foliage around midpoint of change this weekend, with leaf transition averaging about 40 percent, depending on elevation, and average shades of gold, yellow and orange,” it said. “Foliage spotters at Bear Mountain State Park predict 35 percent color change with mostly green leaves along with some emerging orange, red and yellow leaves of average brilliance this weekend.”