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Fall Foliage Forecast

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Week of Thursday, September 29, 2016 - Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Home to more than 127 varieties of trees, shrubs, and plants, the Pocono Mountains is truly a spectacular sight during the fall season. Because the region spans 2,400 square miles, three distinct color zones are present allowing you to catch peak colors not only once, but three times. Updated every Thursday through the end of October, this forecast will assist you on where, when and how to experience the brilliant foliage in our four-county region. The report is also available by calling 570-421-5565.

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Fall Foliage Map - Week of Sept 29

View our geographic map of the Pocono Mountains to see our three color zones.

Week of Thursday, September 29, 2016 - Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Northern: The northernmost color zones encompass northern Wayne and Pike Counties. Over the course of the week, many different trees will start to change color. Red Maples with their red colored leaves and Sugar and Silver Maples with their yellow colored leaves are quickly changing this year due to the prolonged summer drought. This week’s change in color will come from the Black Cherries with their yellows and the Sumacs with vibrant reds. Most of the Native vines are changing color, Grape with yellow leaves, Virginia Creeper with bright red leaves, and Poison Ivy with deep yellow leaves. Oaks, Black Gum, and Sassafras are still holding their green. Many of the areas that are showing color are in the most stressed areas, swamps, and roadways. Foliage seekers can see some color by driving Route 6, Casey Highway, Route 29, Bear Lake, and Bear Creek Road on the northern board of the Pocono Plateau. The percentage of full color is 15-20%, with 90% of the leaves on the trees. The projected date for peak color is October 16.

Central: The central color zone encompasses southern Wayne and Pike and northern Monroe Counties.  Sassafras, Sugar Maple, Red Maple, Birch, Ash, Cherry, and other vines, trees, and shrubs are showing some significant changes. The central region of the Pocono Mountains is starting to show some good fall foliage colors. The area with northern hardwoods should be getting closer to peak colors. The Oak and Hickory forest types still have a couple of weeks till they hit their peak. A good place to view the foliage, this week is around Tobyhanna State Park and off Route 423. The trees around the lake will be starting to show good colors. The percentage of full color is 25-30%, with 90% of the leaves on the trees. The projected date for peak color is the week of October 13-19.

Southern: The southern color zone encompasses southern Monroe County and Carbon County. Black Birch continues to display a golden hue along mountainsides while we anticipate more colors to come. As the flowers which were displayed in the past couple weeks begin the drying process our attention is turned to the mountainsides. Black Birch will lead the pack for color this week with pockets of trees turning their golden color along with this you can catch a glimpse of some of the deepest reds of the season from the Staghorn, Smooth Sumac and Virginia Creeper Vines connecting color from the forest floor to the main canopy. Some places to take in the early changes include a bike ride through the Lehigh Gorge or a walk through Boulder Field at Hickory Run State Park. The percentage of full color is 10%, with 90% of the leaves on the trees. The projected date for peak color is October 17.

For all things fall, visit our Fall Fun page. Plan your getaway today and search for fall festivals or activities; browse special fall offers for overnight stays and view the foliage in real-time through our live cameras.

Our list of 25 Ways to View Fall Foliage highlights popular autumn activities and our Leaf Peeping FAQs page offers in-depth info and scenic drive ideas. Experience the beauty of autumn in the Pocono Mountains.