Home to more than 127 varieties of trees, shrubs, and plants, the Pocono Mountains is a spectacular sight during the fall season. The Poconos is one of the best places to view fall foliage in Pennsylvania; in fact, the area has been nominated as one of USA TODAY's 10Best Destinations for Fall Foliage for four years running.
Because the region spans 2,400 square miles of northeastern PA, 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 with discovering 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 leaves on most Maples, Cherries, and Birch have a tinge of yellow. Some early changing species such as Red Maple and Black Gum are starting to develop some red coloring. Unfortunately, some trees have dropped leaves early due to the recent rainstorms. A ride along the Upper Delaware River will provide some early glimpses of the fall color. Full color is at 10-15% with 90% of the leaves on the trees. The projected date for peak color is the week of October 7-9.
Central: The central color zone encompasses southern Wayne and Pike and northern Monroe Counties. Red Maples are progressing the fastest toward full color. A reddish/orange hue is starting to develop in the forest canopy while Hickory species is starting to develop a yellow/brownish tint and Oaks are maintaining their green leaves. Thunderstorms this past week have removed a few more leaves and a cold front moving into the area later this week will speed the fall colors along. Full color is at 10% with 95% of the leaves on the trees. The projected date for peak color is October 19.
Southern: The southern color zone encompasses southern Monroe County, and Carbon County. Look for more tree species to begin showing color this weekend. Much of the best color will still be located around agriculture areas with fields of Goldenrod and Aster continuing to bloom. This past weekend rainstorms dropped some of the changing leaves. Some of the best color can be seen at Beltzville State Park and surrounding areas. Full color is at 5% with 95% of the leaves on the trees. The projected date for peak color is the week of October 26.