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Fall Foliage Forecast

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Week of Thursday, October 11, 2018 - Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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 fall foliage report is also available by calling 570-421-5565.

Check back throughout the season as projected dates for peak color are subject to change. For more information about the Pocono Mountains, follow us on TwitterInstagramPinterest, and YouTube and like us on Facebook at PoconoTourism. 

Fall Foliage Report for the Pocono Mountains

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

Week of Thursday, October 11, 2018 - Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Northern: The northernmost color zones encompass northern Wayne and Pike Counties. Red Maple, Black Gum, and Sassafras have started to change. Sugar Maple continues to change and should be peaking over the weekend. Expect the Red Oak, White Oak, and Chestnut Oak to start changing over the next week and start to show peak color. Peak foliage will be pushed back a few days. Full color is at 70% with 80% of the leaves on the trees. The projected date for peak color is October 12-13.

Central: The central color zone encompasses southern Wayne and Pike and northern Monroe Counties. Most of the color change is still taking place in wet areas and around swamps. Red Maple is showing a vibrant red color and more Birch are starting to turn bright yellow. Areas with northern hardwood species such as Poplar and Sugar Maple will be at peak throughout the week. The Hickories and Sassafras continue to peak with the Sassafras adding a bright yellow/orange color to the landscape. Some Oaks in scattered areas are starting to show some light color change, but no significant change is occurring yet. Full color is at 40-50% with 80% of the leaves on the trees. The projected date for peak color is the week of October 14-20.

Southern: The southern color zone encompasses southern Monroe County, and Carbon County. Big steps this week towards peak conditions. More species will begin showing color, adding to what is already being witnessed. As some of the early colors have fallen to the forest floor, but look for more of the peak color species to take over. This week expect to see more color coming from the Oaks featuring red, yellow, and russet brown. These will display deeper color than previously seen and look for Tulip Poplar to add a brighter yellow in some areas. Hiking around Mauch Chunk Lake or a drive on Route 93 over the broad mountain will show some of the best color. Full color is at 40% with 80% of the leaves on the trees. The projected date for peak color is October 24.

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.