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Fall Foliage Forecast

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Week of Thursday, September 14, 2017 - Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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. 

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Fall Foliage Report for the Pocono Mountains

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

Week of Thursday, September 14, 2017 - Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Northern: The northernmost color zones encompass northern Wayne and Pike Counties. Many of the Sugar Maple and Red Maple have started to change. The change comes a little early this year due to a prolonged wet spring and summer that has caused many fungal leaf diseases such as leaf spot and anthracnose. As the week and weekend progress many other species will start to change such as Black Walnut, Red Oak, Chestnut Oak, White Oak, and Birches. Full color is at 10-15%, 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. There has been no significant change yet. In the more northern areas, some of the Red Maple have started changing color in the wetlands. The trees in the wetlands generally change color first. Soon the Birch and a couple different vines will begin to change.  Full color is at 1%, with 99% of the leaves on the trees. The projected date for peak color is October 19 to the 25.

Southern: The southern color zone encompasses southern Monroe County, and Carbon County. Shorter days lead to more color on the landscape. Much like last week the predominant species showing color are the yellows of Black Walnut. The Black Birch are starting to show up on the ridges. Along with these Staghorn Sumac will continue to get a deeper maroon color along roadways. Fields of Goldenrod will continue to bloom in the coming week. Get out and enjoy these early colors showing up on the landscape as the transition continues. Full color is at 5-10%, with 95% 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.