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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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View our geographic map of the Pocono Mountains to see our three color zones.
Week of Thursday, October 1, 2015 - Wednesday, October 7, 2015:
Northern: The northernmost color zone encompasses northern Wayne and Pike Counties. The bright red of Red Maple, yellow of Sugar Maple and Honeylocust, and the lemon yellow of Hickory are in full swing. The end of September is hailed by the quickly changing Birch with their yellow leaves and the copper color of the American Beech. Some of the orangeish red colors of Northern Red Oak have started to show and will continue to change as the mornings grow colder. There are several areas of Oak that are starting to change color. Look for the pale orange of Chestnut Oak on ridge tops, reddish orange of Red Oak along the mid-slope of the ridge, and the deep red of White Oak along the bottoms. The areas with a richer soil of southern Luzerne and Wayne counties are starting to see the unmistakable bright yellow of Tulip Poplar change. The bright orange of Sassafras and the red of Black Gum are in full color. Many of the overlooked understory trees and shrubs are starting to change colors as well. A short drive up or down I-380 will give leaf viewers a quick-changing view of an assortment of trees and their colors. Full color is at 15-25% 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, Pike and northern Monroe Counties. Red Maple, Birch, Ash, Sugar Maple, Cherry, Sassafras, and a few other trees and shrubs are showing some significant changes. Many trees should be showing good colors this week, especially the Northern Hardwoods. They should be getting close to peak color. Oak and Hickory still have about a week till they hit peak color. A good place to see the foliage this week is on Route 447 from Canadensis to Newfoundland. Full color is at 35-45% with 90% of the leaves on the trees. The projected date for peak color is the week of October 10-17.
Southern: The southern color zone encompasses southern Monroe County and Carbon County. The majority of the forested landscape, which is made up of mixed oaks, continues to exhibit hues of green. Black Birches are sprinkled with yellow leaves while the leaves of Gray Birches that have the white barked stems are totally yellow. Over the past week, Red Maples and Black Gums are showcasing their brilliant shades of reds and maroons. Some Red Maples are exhibiting yellowish leaves with reddish leaf veins and leaf stalks. Scattered Sassafras trees are glowing with reddish orange tones. A few of the Sumacs still have beautiful red compounded leaves, but many are bare displaying their red seed cones on the ends of their upright twigs. Now is a great time to get outside to enjoy the autumn weather. Consider a walk in the neighborhood; hike through a forest or along a country road, or just a drive to witness the miracle of autumn. Full color is at 20% with 80% of the leaves on the trees. The projected date for peak color is around October 12.
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.