Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 11, 2018

Eastern National Forest Fall Colors 10/11/18

Eastern Regional National Forests have the following fall color reports

Illinois

Shawnee National Forest

Here on the Shawnee National Forest the leaves are still a little green with some starting to show a hint of color. With temperatures beginning to drop, we will start seeing more color changes over the next few weeks. We have been having cool mornings with light fog and cooler evenings. With the beautiful weather and fall color change, hiking is very enjoyable.

Indiana

Hoosier National Forest

There has been a small increase in fall colors, with change at about 30%. Many leaves are covering less traveled roadways and crunching underfoot on hiking trails. High temperatures are predicted until the weekend with highs in the mid-60s.

Massachusetts

Urban Connections – Boston

Fall foliage remains sporadic across the city, however there are rather brilliant color displays along every trail and street.  In Olmsted Park within the Emerald Necklace, most trees continue to remain at 20% foliage change.  However, recent rains and mild winds has caused a significant amount of foliage loss.  We recommend taking full advantage of the warmer weather this week to explore popular areas like Olmsted Park, Franklin Park, Arnold Arboretum, and the Middlesex Fells Reservation to immerse yourself in the splendor of the season.  Greater leaf drop is anticipated in the coming week due to forecasted temperatures in the 40s and 50s combined with rain and wind.

Michigan

Hiawatha National Forest

Fall is currently peaking in a kaleidoscope of color across the Hiawatha National Forest! Visitors will find extraordinary leaf color on both the east and west zones of the Forest, from Lake Superior to Lakes Huron and Michigan.

Huron-Manistee National Forests

The leaves on the HMNFs are now in a transition of colors. A good number of road side trees have begun to change colors with hints of green, yellow, red, and orange leaves. 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 go online to https://www.fs.usda.gov/news/hmnf/news-events.

Ottawa National Forest

Fall colors on the Ottawa are beginning to fade. With many days of rain and snow in the forecast, the leaves are also starting to drop.  For more information on conditions and predictions, please visit https://www.michigan.org/fall.

Minnesota

Chippewa National Forest

We have reached peak fall color in the Forest. And, with recent heavy winds and rain, many colorful leaves have fallen to the ground. We received about an inch of snow fall last Friday in most parts of the Forest. For a beautiful drive, try the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway as it is looking great right now. Take State Highway 38 north of Grand Rapids, MN to Marcell, MN. You will not be disappointed. Don’t forget to grab your camera to catch some keepsake photos. A favorite to mention is the Stony Point Camp Road near Walker, MN, it’s one of the most spectacular forest roads in northern Minnesota on Leech Lake.

Superior National Forest

Superior National Forest is at peak of fall colors right now, but high winds and continuing rain will bring the leaves down in a hurry.  Expect yellow aspen and birches to hang on a bit longer than the maples.  Please drive safely, there are many vehicles using our one lane forest roads.

New Hampshire

White Mountain National Forest

We are seeing brilliant reds and oranges throughout the area. In some of the higher elevations, you can also see some dark reds. The further north you go you are closer to peak. Color change is ranging between 80-90% depending on the location.

Ohio

Wayne National Forest

A splash of scarlet and crimson from a black gum tree illuminates the foliage near Big Bailey Wetland, outside of Chauncey. This is a great place for birdwatching, so bring your binoculars to help you view both the wildlife and the changing colors of autumn!

Pennsylvania

Allegheny National Forest

A little more color is beginning to appear, mostly yellow with a bit of orange and red, though a majority of trees still remain green. Cooler temperatures forecasted for the weekend should spur more change.  We expect peak color across the Allegheny to occur around October 18-23.

West Virginia

Monongahela National Forest

Fall color is holding steady at 5-10% change. Higher elevations remain the best opportunity to view fall color this week including Spruce Knob. Spruce Knob is West Virginia’s highest peak at 4,863 feet above sea level. You can view grassy openings and pastures or look down on forested ridges as far as the eye can see from its rugged alpine peak.

Last week Elkins celebrated the 82nd Mountain State Forest Festival. It is one of the largest and oldest festivals in West Virginia. Monongahela National Forest provided brunch for Maid Silvia LXXXII and her Maids of Honor at the Supervisor’s Office.

Wisconsin

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

We’ve been receiving a lot of rain (and a dash of snow) in the last week; however, visitors are still enjoying the Forest! Mountain Fire Lookout Tower is a popular destination to get a view above the tree tops. Most areas will have reached near peak by the coming weekend. Campers that prefer cooler weather are still enjoying campgrounds that are open around the Forest, and taking in the fall colors from their site. Plenty of paddlers have been spotted on the lakes and rivers, too. An ideal spot is Emily Lake Campground. Please remember to prepare for weather as you head to the Forest! As always, the current Fall Color Report from Travel Wisconsin can be found here: https://www.travelwisconsin.com/fall-color-report.

 


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