Some trees are still holding onto fall colors, but the region is mostly beyond peak foliage for 2021. See you in 2022 for another amazing autumn!


All the color, all the adventure

The love affair with fall in Saranac Lake is real. It is a season of transition, a switching of gears. Saranac Lake is full of eye-popping views year-round, but it’s hard to deny the unique beauty of autumn in the Adirondacks. From blazing orange to subtle yellow to fire engine red, the trees provide a landscape that is simply unforgettable.

Don't forget to pack your camera! The stunning fall foliage awaits.

2021 Fall Foliage Reports


October 25, 2021

  • Percent of trees predicted to have changed by the coming weekend: 100% 
  • Brilliance: Dull
  • Predominating colors: Most leaves have fallen, with a few yellow patches remaining.
  • Rating: Past peak

It is worth noting that the tamaracks have started to turn golden in our region.

October 18, 2021

  • Percent of trees predicted to have changed by the coming weekend: 100% 
  • Brilliance: Dull
  • Predominating colors: Lots of leaves have fallen, but there are still pockets of yellow remaining.
  • Rating: Past peak

October 4, 2021

  • Percent of trees predicted to have changed by the coming weekend: 95% 
  • Brilliance: Very brilliant
  • Predominating colors: Almost all trees have changed colors, with vibrant reds and oranges
  • Rating: Peak

September 27, 2021

  • Percent of trees predicted to have changed by the coming weekend: 75% 
  • Brilliance: Bright
  • Predominating colors: Most trees have changed to orange, red, and yellow with some pockets of green remaining.  
  • Rating: Near Peak

Some areas of our region are very near peak, or at their peak (especially the Lake Clear, Saranac Inn, Gabriels and Paul Smiths areas), however, the village of Saranac Lake is still approaching near peak.

September 20, 2021

  • Percent of trees predicted to have changed by the coming weekend: 40% 
  • Brilliance: Bright
  • Predominating colors: A pretty even mix of green, red, orange and yellow. 
  • Rating: Midpoint

The landscape is a pretty good mix of green and colors! Lots of red has popped out over the past week, and the trees that have made the turn are much more vibrant.

September 13, 2021

  • Percent of trees predicted to have changed by the coming weekend: 25% 
  • Brilliance: Average
  • Predominating colors: Still mostly green with more pockets of reds, yellows and oranges.
  • Rating: Just beginning 

The overall landscape is still mostly green, with pockets of trees that have made a full turn to red, yellow, or orange. At this point there is significant change in trees along waterways and marshes, with more orange and yellow in the mix, but healthier stands, and wooded areas are still predominantly green.

September 7, 2021

  • Percent of trees predicted to have changed by the coming weekend: 5% 
  • Brilliance: Dull
  • Predominating colors: Still mostly green with touches of red and purple
  • Rating: Just beginning 
View of trees and a mountain by a pond with fall colors just beginning to show.