Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 6, 2018

Eastern National Forest Fall Colors 10/5/18

Eastern Regional National Forests have the following fall color reports


Shawnee National Forest

The Shawnee National Forest true color season is still a couple weeks away, with peak color usually happening around October 22nd.  The weather this week will be good for a hiking trip to any of the scenic locations throughout the Shawnee National Forest.  Make a note and try to visit the Snake Road this Saturday and join Scott Ballard, IDNR Natural Heritage Biologist for a guided hike along Snake Road. During the guided hike learn about the variety of reptiles and amphibians that are found in this ecologically rich area. Be sure to wear long pants, hiking boots and bring other essentials like water and snacks.  And don’t forget a camera!  Along Snake Road looking up through the trees at the bluff.


Hoosier National Forest

No noticeable change from last week. Still small amount of color change, some yellows and reds, but mostly still green. Cool days and very cool mornings made the Hoosier National Forest very nice to visit and hike. Warmer temperatures expected this week. Mid-80s. check out hemlock cliffs for some fantastic views of fall color!


Urban Connections – Boston

Fall color emergence in Boston continues to progress slowly.  Some trees in Olmsted Park in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston have progressed nicely and are showing vibrant color across half of their crowns.  Walking along the paths within the park you will see beautiful reddish-orange hues.  The weather continues to fluctuate between the mid-60s and 70s, so more color is anticipated soon.  Dryer weather this week combined with partly sunny days will give a warm, beautiful welcome to the early days of fall.


Hiawatha National Forest

Color change throughout the Hiawatha National Forests is currently at about 10-15%.

Huron-Manistee National Forests

There is currently a noticeable change of colors. The spectrum still ranges from green to red. Although red and orange are not the predominant colors on the land scape. The temperature has changed. The mornings are cool with a bit of fog and the evenings are cool with clear skies. For the latest updates related to this incident please follow us on Facebook @Huronmanisteenfs or go online to

Ottawa National Forest

The southern part of the forest is pretty much at peak. The colors are very vibrant. The forecast is for a lot of rain and wind, so we may lose some leaves before the weekend. The northern part, closer to Lake Superior, is still mixed with greens, maybe at 75% peak.  For more information on conditions and predictions, please visit


Chippewa National Forest

The fall color in the Chippewa National Forest is spectacular. This is a great weekend to explore the forest. Take a drive around South Pike Bay Loop near Cass Lake, MN by car or bicycle trail. State Highway 200 east of Walker is a beautiful drive in the forest at this time. The tamarack are noticeably turning a bright gold. With rain in the forecast, this just may be the peak weekend for fall foliage in the forest.

Superior National Forest

We are sitting near the peak of fall color. High winds have stripped leaves in some places which could now be considered ‘past peak’, but other areas and species of trees have yet to hit the peak. Birch and aspen have yet to peak in many areas.

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.


Wayne National Forest

The leaves are starting to turn, but the weather is still warm, and we’re still seeing late summer wildflowers here on the Wayne National Forest. The dark purple lobelias shown here were growing wild at Dixie Hollow (Athens Unit), but other lobelia species are popular garden plants. Historically, it has been used in Appalachian traditional medicine, but may cause harmful adverse effects including dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and cardiac problems. It is also poisonous to many pets.


Allegheny National Forest

Head out to the Allegheny National Forest to take a drive and view the fall leaves. Some parts of the forest are really showing leaf change, especially the northern parts, while most other sections are still green. Our wide variety of species are changing colors at different times, elevations and aspects. At this pace its looking like peak week for color will be the 18th-23rd.  Currently about 10% of leaves have begun to change.


Green Mountain-Finger Lakes National Forests

With shorter days and cooler night time temperatures fall is finally here. Trees in the higher elevations are now displaying vibrant shades of pink, orange, yellow and red — many trees in the lower elevations are now beginning to turn. Vermont typically displays peak foliage in the second week of October.  Lincoln Gap Road — Lincoln, Vermont.

West Virginia

Monongahela National Forest

Fall color is holding steady at 5-10% change but that isn’t stopping the fall celebrations. Cranberry Mountain Nature Center celebrated its annual Cranberry Shindig on Sept. 30 in Pocahontas County. Over 50 vendors displayed and sold their homemade goods. Vendors held demonstrations including apple cider making, wood turning and traditional dancing.

If you are looking for fun and entertainment this weekend stop by the City of Elkins as they celebrate the 82nd Mountain State Forest Festival going on now through October 7. It is one of the largest and oldest festivals in West Virginia.


Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

Now is the time to join us on the Forest! Most areas on the Forest are getting very close to peak. There have been elk sightings near Clam Lake and plenty of gorgeous views from places like Cathedral Pines, Mountain Fire Tower and Penokee Mountain Trail.  Check the weather and dress accordingly before you head out. Current Fall Color Reports can be seen at:

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