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Fall Foliage Forecast

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Week of Thursday, September 21, 2017 - Wednesday, September 27, 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 21, 2017 - Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Northern: The northernmost color zones encompass northern Wayne and Pike Counties. The Maples, Birches, and vine species (Wild Grape and Virginia Creeper) are starting to peak. The Oaks still show no signs of changing. A few of other species are starting to show considerable color including the Black Gum, Sassafras, Black and Honey Locust. The northern ranges of the Pocono Mountains and northern Lackawanna County are the places to be this week. Some places to visit to see the changing colors are Prompton, Tobyhanna, and Gouldsboro State Parks. Full color is at 25-30%, with 85% 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. The central color zone of the Pocono Mountains is beginning to change colors. The significant changes are occurring in the wetlands where the Red Maple is showing different shades of red and some orange. The Sugar Maple, Ash, and Birch have started to change into lighter shades of yellow. Some of their leaves have turned brown and fallen early. The Sumac, Dogwood, Virginia Creeper, and Black Gum have also started to show varying shades of red. A good place to view the foliage this week is Route 115 to Long Pond Road and Kuhenbeaker in Long Pond. Full color is at 10-15%, with 95% 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. This past week has brought some major changes to the colors being seen across the landscape in this region. The major players from previous weeks such as the yellows of the Birch and scarlets of the Sumac will continue. Look for the Red Maple to add to the palette on the hillsides, working up to the ridges. If you look closely, you may catch some glimpses of the Oaks starting to have some color. As we go into fall, look for them to play a bigger role. Get out and enjoy the first week of Autumn by taking a bike ride along the Lehigh Gorge or a ride over the Broad Mountain near Weatherly. Full color is at 20%, with 90% 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.