Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 19, 2018

Eastern National Forest Fall Colors 10/19/18

Eastern Regional National Forests have the following fall color reports

Illinois

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

Many colors can still be seen in the prairie through October – the yellows of goldenrod and sawtooth sunflower and the white and purple asters. The grasses even change color too with the approaching colder weather.

Shawnee National Forest

The Shawnee National Forest is still trying to hold on to some of the summer green. But here in beautiful Southern Illinois with the temperatures dropping and with the rain this past weekend we still have not hit our peak of fall color change. We are still mostly green with hints of yellow and orange. We should start to notice more change in color as the temperatures continue to drop. Autumn is a great time of the year to visit the sights in the Shawnee.

Indiana

Hoosier National Forest

Not much change in the colors. Still remaining around 30%.Weather considerably cooler than last week with highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s.These temperatures will remain constant through this week.

Massachusetts

Urban Connections – Boston

Fall color in Boston, MA continues to appear in random locations. At the Arnold Arboretum, a popular fall color viewing area, most trees are not displaying color yet.  However, those wishing to view fall color are encouraged to explore the many local parks and trails to discover the vibrant colors that are available. Much cooler temperatures and high winds are forecasted this week, which could result in significant leaf loss.

Michigan

Hiawatha National Forest

Fall is in the air 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 fall colors on the Huron-Manistee National Forests are at peak state. The landscape still has a mixture of green throughout in spite of the saturating orange and red tones. A good number of roadside trees have changed in colors with hints of orange and red leaves. The grounds are covered in a beautiful canopy of colors. 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

The colors on the Ottawa are now past peak with some areas losing their leaves altogether from the freezing temperatures, snow, and high winds. North on the Forest may still have a few colors popping from the oaks and the aspens.

New Hampshire

White Mountain National Forest

We are seeing pockets of color but most are past peak except for parts of Eastern White Mountains which is at peak.

Ohio

Wayne National Forest

Temperatures have dropped in southeast Ohio, stimulating more leaves to brighten with fall colors! This winged sumac, which was photographed in the pollinator garden outside our headquarters, is turning a brilliant red. Notice the ridge-like “wings” along the axis of its compound leaf.

Pennsylvania

Allegheny National Forest

The oaks on the Allegheny National Forest remain green for the most part while maples and beech are changing to shades of red and yellow.  The color changes are not consistent across the forest rather they are concentrated in various sections spread throughout.  According to the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry, the entire ANF should hit peak color in about a week. The wind and rain have blown some of the leaves off creating bare sections of trees in the forest already.

Vermont

Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forests

With shorter days and cooler nighttime temperatures fall is definitely here. Trees in the higher elevations are now past peak foliage, but shades of pink, orange, yellow and red can still be found in some spots. Many trees in the lower elevations are now at peak foliage or have already passed peak. Vermont typically displays peak foliage in the second week of October.

West Virginia

Monongahela National Forest

Most areas are just starting to see fall color change on Monongahela National Forest. Maples, birches, gums and poplars in lower elevations are currently showing hints of color, but the oaks remain green.

West Virginia Division of Forestry is predicting Dolly Sods Wilderness will be prime viewing in the next two weeks. Dolly Sods Wilderness is part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. It is located in Grant, Randolph and Tucker counties. It contains much of the Red Creek drainage and contains bog and heath eco-types more commonly typical to southern Canada.

Wisconsin

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

With the arrival of freezing temperatures and snow earlier in the week, most leaves have fallen or are very close to doing so. Oak trees are standing tall at about 85-90% peak. The afternoon sun makes the forest floor glow on the leaves that have recently fallen so hiking, biking, horseback riding and utilizing off-road vehicles are still promising views to take in. As always, check the Fall Color Report at https://www.travelwisconsin.com/fall-color-report.

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


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