Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 10, 2018

Eastern National Forest Fall Colors 10/10/19

Eastern Regional National Forests have the following fall color reports


Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie is rich in yellows this time of year. The goldenrod, black-eyed Susan, and other aster flowers contrast the green trees and grasses which haven’t turned yet.


Hoosier National Forest

Slightly more color than the last report. The weather has finally cooled off with lower night temps and day temps in the 60s and 70s. Recreating on the Hoosier National Forest would be accompanied by perfect weather this week. Sassafras leaves are turning red and Sycamore leaves are turning yellow for spotty yet beautiful fall colors. Oaks, hickories, maples, tulip poplars, etc. still mostly green. The forecast suggests we have finally taken the turn into fall weather. We expect even more colors next week.


Hiawatha National Forest

The fall colors are glorious on much of the interior of the Hiawatha right now, especially across the north half of the peninsula.

The timing of leaf color change always lags along the Great Lakes shorelines. While some of those locations are not vibrantly colorful yet, there is already an autumn feel in the air. Though some trees species leaves have already changed. Huron-Manistee National Forests

The Manistee Forest is starting to see more color, but the Huron Forest is slow to change. While green is still abundant, plenty of reds and yellows are coming in.

Places to see: Areas such as Pine Lake and High Bridge are seeing spots of color and offer reflective views.

Ottawa National Forest

The colors on the Ottawa National Forest are continuing to move toward peak. A larger amount of trees showing color in the south of the forest and slowly moving north. The best locations to see the colors right now are:

  • US-2 between Iron River, MI and Ironwood, MI.
  • Northbound US-45 from Watersmeet, MI toward Bruce Crossing, MI.


Chippewa National Forest

Touches of frost and cool temperatures pushed fall colors into peak on the Chippewa National Forest. Now is the time to come see the golds and red-browns of autumn as we move to peak in the second wave of fall colors. There are still trees with a few green leaves but the orange, yellow and gold of autumn are quickly taking over.

Golds, red-orange and amber are replacing green. Paper birch trees are showing more shades of bright yellow. Big-tooth and trembling aspen are quickly moving to peak with golds, yellows and hot orange-red leaves. There are still pockets of red and orange-yellow in the red and sugar maples that were sheltered from the wind and rain. Bur oaks and red oaks are beginning to show soft tan/brown and reddish/orange hues in larger pockets throughout the Forest. Larger stands of tamarack are turning soft yellow to deep gold as they transition. Basswood and Ash are going past their peak for color, though some trees still cling to soft yellow leaves.

The weather this fall on the Chippewa National Forest has been unusually cloudy and rainy. Wind often accompanies the weather changes. A combination of wind and heavy rains are causing our leaves to drop at a faster rate than past fall seasons.Superior National Forest

On October 8, fall colors of birches and aspens are probably at their peak. Maples are hanging on in a few places, but are mostly past their prime. Tamaracks are starting to turn as well. With all three groups of trees in color, this has been a spectacular week for color. There is variation over a 3 million acre Forest, so be sure to visit both the North Shore and inland areas. Be sure to wear hunter orange while hiking – we are in the middle of both grouse and bow seasons. Snow is expected over the next several days, so it may bring down a lot of the leaves, so visit soon.

New Hampshire

State & Private Forestry – Durham, NH Field Office

More fall color is emerging in southern and central New Hampshire. Spots of peak foliage are appearing along Routes 101 and 89 in the Granit State. Southern communities are also seeing more color emerge on local trees. Foliage color should increase during the next week or so.White Mountain National Forest

This week, most areas of the White Mountain National Forest have attained their fullest colors. Areas to the north are browning over. The notches—Pinkham, Crawford, Franconia, Evans—as well as the Kancamagus are at their brightest colors.


Wayne National Forest

With temperatures beginning to drop, fall colors are beginning to show on the trees of the Wayne National Forest! Red hues are spreading across red maples, sassafras, sumacs and edges of dogwood leaves. Buckeyes and walnut trees are touched with gold. And many open spaces are covered in purple ironweed, looking like scenes from a fairytale.

The Wayne National Forest is holding a FALL PHOTO CONTEST to celebrate the beautiful and colorful season!


Allegheny National Forest

The Allegheny National Forest’s Fall Colors are still holding at 20% – 30% change, depending on what section of the Forest you’re on.

With steady cooler temperatures this week, we can expect to see more change. However, we have had rain which can impact the number of leaves left on trees.


Green Mountain & Finger Lakes National Forests

Foliage has been peak throughout much of the higher elevations this week. The lower elevations in Vermont continue to have vibrant color. They should remain very colorful this week and next..

For more information about Fall Foliage in Vermont, check out the Vermont Public Radio podcast.

West Virginia

Monongahela National Forest

Fall colors are peaking in the higher elevations. The colors in the lower elevations are also becoming more vibrant. Temperatures have dropped to the 60s and low 70s during the day.

Visit these sites for more fall foliage information:

State & Private Forestry – Morgantown, WV Field Office

We are still waiting for most of the fall color to make its appearance here in Morgantown. Fortunately, the heatwave is finally over and the cool fall nights are finally here. It may be a few weeks before we get a frost. The leaves are still green around town, but color should be nearing peak in the higher elevations (see Monongahela NF).


Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

There are lots of bold and beautiful colors this week. Several counties within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest have reached their peak for the season. There are still a few areas that are still slowly turning color in the southern portion of the Forest. The forecast for this week is for rain turning into snow showers for the weekend. For more information on the fall colors in different areas, please visit

As always when visiting your national forests, safety first. Know before you go!

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