Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 15, 2017

Eastern National Forests Fall Color 10/15/17

Eastern Region National Forests reports

Illinois Though there isn’t a perceivable change in foliage yet on the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, prairie flowers are still in bloom. The asters, wild bergamot, royal catachfly and prairie dock put on a very beautiful display. Throughout September and October, there are a number of wonderful programs and events at the Midewin; for more information check out the informational flyer.

Indiana The Hoosier National Forest has been dipped in color.  With the bright green of most trees a few colors are beginning to show signs of fall.  Black gum, sycamore and cottonwoods are highlighting their yellows while the dogwoods are showing off their wonderful dark reds.  The weather for the coming weekend is low 80’s into the 50’s at night.  Perfect camping weather!

Michigan Currently on the Hiawatha National Forest, you will find a lot of green with a bit of lightening taking place on most of the trees. The stand-out of the moment are the maples, beginning to transform into their brilliant red.

The Ottawa National Forest is at approximately 10-20% color, in varying degrees across the Forest. Currently, you will see a horizon of green tops showing pops of vibrant color. The ash trees are beginning to turn their brilliant yellow while some maple trees have turned bright red, orange, and yellow.  Now is a great time to begin planning your fall excursion. The Ottawa is rich in wildlife and scenic viewing, with rolling hills dotted with lakes, rivers and waterfalls. Several scenic viewpoints throughout the Forest offer a spectacular view of fall color, such as Wolf Mountain, Alligator Eye, Silver Mountain, and Bears Den Overlook.

Minnesota The Superior National Forest is at about 20% overall peak color right now; though color concentration varies depending on your location. Some areas are still very green, while others are at around 50-70% color already. Most of the current color can be found in the lower moose maple and red maple trees, with some sugar maple. There isn’t a perceivable change in the aspen or birch as of yet.

Ohio With temperatures lower than normal, the deciduous trees of the Wayne National Forest are just beginning to be brushed by fall color. The leaves of dogwoods and sumacs are deepening to red, while sycamores are turning gold and crumpled brown. It looks to be a good season for buckeyes and pawpaws, which are big this year. This is also a good time to start planning an autumn drive along the National Forest Covered Bridge Scenic Byway, which features four quaint and historic covered bridges. Keep an eye out for migrating monarch butterflies as you follow State Route 26 and the Little Muskingum River from Marietta to Woodsfield.

Pennsylvania The leaves throughout the Allegheny National Forest are still green with subtle hints of yellow, red and orange.

Vermont Cooler nights and shorter days have leaves in the higher elevations of the Green Mountain National Forest beginning to change. To glimpse some burgeoning color, check out Ripton Road in Ripton, Vermont.

West Virginia Autumn is in the air on the Monongahela National Forest! The humidity has diminished and the temperature is cooler, which signals that the trees are getting ready to present a spectacular display of fall foliage. Due to differences in elevation across the Forest, some areas are only showing hints of color, while other areas are at around 20%. The Farmers’ Almanac estimates peak viewing in West Virginia to be October 5-21.

Wisconsin Fall colors are at about 20% across the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, with changes taking place every day! For more details on the Wisconsin Fall Color Report visit


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