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 Poconos fall 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 fall foliage report is also available by calling 570-421-5565.
Plan your fall fun getaway today with our list of 25 Ways to View Fall Foliage highlighting popular autumn activities and our Leaf Peeping FAQs page offering in-depth info, scenic drive ideas, and small towns to visit.
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View our geographic map of the Pocono Mountains to see our three color zones.
Northern: The northernmost color zones encompass northern Wayne and Pike Counties. The northernmost color zones encompass northern Wayne and Pike Counties. Some of this area still has some nice color especially among the Red Maple and Birch families. Full color is at 100% with 50% of the leaves on the trees. The region is at peak color.
Central: The central color zone encompasses southern Wayne and Pike and northern Monroe Counties. Oak species are beginning to change into their fall brown colors and are the species to begin to change color. Red Maple is on its way to being at peak showing a red and orange color while Sugar Maple is turning yellow. Over most of the region Ferns are turning yellow and Black Gum is displaying a reddish-brown color. Peak color is most likely going to be at the end of the week. The more northerly areas of the region are showing the most color currently. Full color is at 50% with 80% of the leaves on the trees. The projected date for peak color is the week of October 23rd.
Southern: The southern color zone encompasses southern Monroe County, and Carbon County. Oaks is still holding summer color, but most other species are approaching peak color. The species which kicked off the color for the year will continue to shine this week. Black Birch and Tulip Poplar will show some of the brightest yellows of the season. Black Gum has shown some deep, almost purple and orange color while you’ll also see Red Maple joining in with several different colors. You will start to see some Red, White and Chestnut Oak in the upper elevations start to show the colors in full display over the next several weeks. Some good areas to see the latest conditions is Mauch Chunk Lake and Hickory Run State Park. Full color is at 50-65% with 80% of the leaves on the trees. The projected date for peak color is October 24th.