Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 28, 2018

Eastern National Forests Fall Color 9/28/18

Eastern Region National Forests reports for September 28, 2018

Illinois

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

The prairie is abound with colors this time of year. From the blues and purples of New England aster and smooth blue aster to the yellows of stiff and Riddell’s goldenrod. The foliage has not yet started to turn, but is expected to soon.

Indiana

Hoosier National Forest

There is not much change on the Hoosier National Forest from last week. However, temperatures are ranging from low 70s to low 80s with night temperatures in the upper 60s. It seems that we have indeed reached fall. A lot of rain is predicted over the weekend with still more in the forecast.

Massachusetts

Urban Connections – Boston

Fall color within the City of Boston remains below 10%.  Random splashes of fall color can be found along most walking paths, especially within the crowns of Maples and Little Leaf Lindens.  The Boston Commons and Public Garden are good locations to immerse yourself in nature, especially while watching the swans and other waterfowl at the Pubic Garden Lagoon.

Michigan

Huron-Manistee National Forests

The leaves on the Huron-Manistee National Forests are just beginning to change color. A good number of road side trees have begun to change colors with hints of yellow and orange. The morning sunrise is still breathtaking because of the manner in which the sunlight hits the changing landscape. For the latest updates related to this post please follow us on Facebook @Huronmanisteenfs or visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/news/hmnf/news-events.

Ottawa National Forest

While the colors in the northern part of the Forest are still young, colors in the southern part of the Forest are near peak, and expected to reach peak by October 1st. For a scenic drive through the Ottawa National Forest, check out US Hwy 2, which is bursting with color. For more information on conditions and predictions, please visit https://www.michigan.org/fall.

Minnesota

Chippewa National Forest

There is definitely more leaf color this week as the temperature drops; therefore, fall is officially here in the Chippewa National Forest! We are expecting our first frost this week and possibly snow. In the northern part of the Forest, a lot of red and orange can be seen in the maple. The Lake Winnibigoshish area is quite beautiful at this time. The Migizi Bike trail around Pike Bay/Cass Lake, MN is a popular trail for biking as well as hiking with fall colors starting to brighten. In many local communities, there is a “Fall Has It All” event that features hiking, biking, camping, fishing, boating and fall color viewing. This annual Fall event attracts visitors to the Forest and the great outdoors!

Superior National Forest

The Forest is at peak just inland from Lake Superior. Further inland, in the Ely area, it is still not quite at peak. It also is not at peak along the Superior shoreline.

Missouri

Mark Twain National Forest

Trees across the Mark Twain National Forest are beginning to show the first hints of fall.  The lush green leaves of summer are just starting to show touches of yellows, reds, and oranges.  For a glimpse of a hint of yellow, check out McCormick Lake.

New Hampshire

White Mountain National Forest

The 2018 Fall Foliage season is underway here in the White Mountains! We are beginning to see the reds and oranges in spots/pockets throughout the area. In some of the higher elevations, you can also see some dark reds. We are ranging between 20-30% depending on the location. For some lovely early color, check out Peaked Hill Pond Trail in Thornton, New Hampshire.

Ohio

Wayne National Forest

Fall colors are just starting to touch the trees and shrubs of the Wayne National Forest! The bright red berries on the spicebush are not only beautiful; they provide food for wildlife. A member of the laurel family, it is found throughout the state of Ohio. The spicebush takes its name from the spicy smell it gives off when its twigs are scraped.

Pennsylvania

Allegheny National Forest

There is still very little change in the leaf color overall, although a few trees are showing some color. The coming cooler temperatures and longer nights are sure to bring out the color changes soon.

Vermont

Green Mountain-Finger Lakes National Forests

With shorter days and cooler night time temperatures, fall is finally here! Trees in the higher elevations have started to display slight shades of pink, orange, yellow and red while many trees in the lower elevations remain green. Vermont typically displays peak foliage in the second week of October. For a glimpse of a hint of red, check out Lincoln Gap Road in Lincoln, Vermont.

West Virginia

Monongahela National Forest

Fall color change has begun in the higher elevations with 5-10% color change on Highland Scenic Highway and Spruce Knob. Leaves are showing only slight hints of color in lower elevations. West Virginia Division of Forestry is predicting good fall color in the coming weeks. For a glimpse of some early color, check out North Fork Mountain Trail or Canaan Mountain Back Country.

Wisconsin

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

Temperatures are starting to drop with frost in the forecast now and then in the very northern parts of the Forest. Low lying areas near lakes and rivers are starting to show red, orange and yellow! While visiting, be sure to watch for deer on the move across the Forest and migrating birds. For more details on the Wisconsin Fall Color Report, visit: www.travelwisconsin.com/fall-color-report.  Warm yellows and oranges welcome you on Forest County Hwy D in Grandview, Wisconsin. And, you can catch a glimpse of early color at Forest Lodge near Clam Lake, Wisconsin.

As always when visiting your national forests, safety first and know before you go!


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