Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 25, 2019

Eastern National Forest Fall Colors 10/24/19

Eastern Regional National Forests have the following fall color reports

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

The final flowers of Midewin are beginning to fall out of bloom as the trees are losing the green in their leaves. The New England asters are holding onto their last few flowers as they begin to grow dormant for the year.

Shawnee National Forest

The colors have started to change with the cooler weather we are having.


Hoosier National Forest

Fall colors on the Hoosier National Forest are starting pop! The maples and sassafras are at their bright red peak while the poplars and sycamores have reached their bright yellows. About 75% of the trees are showing beautiful oranges, reds, yellows, and browns. Some trees, like the oaks, remain green for a wide range of colors. Forecast for the weekend and next week is in the low 60s and high 50s making for perfect recreation weather among the beautiful fall colors. A few areas to put on your radar are Buzzard Roost Rec Area and German Ridge Rec Area. Also, a climb to the top of the Hickory Ridge Lookout Tower in the Charles C. Deam Wilderness would be ideal.


Hiawatha National Forest

Throughout most of the Hiawatha National forest fall colors are still in full swing! Even though the winds have taken a lot of leaves off the trees, temps have been in the 40-50s, with a drop in temps next week to the 30s. So now would be a good time to get out and see the colors before the leaves are off the trees!

Huron-Manistee National Forests

Fall foliage hasn’t quite reached its peak in the Huron-Manistee National Forests. New bursts of red and orange are spotted every day. Some leaves are starting to fall to the forest floor, but most are still clinging to their branches despite the wind and rain.

Places to see: The loop trails at Reid Lake Foot Travel Area wind through hardwoods and around a small lake. The area is beautiful at any time of year, but the fall colors here are particularly vivid.

Ottawa National Forest

Winter is quickly trying to overtake Fall here in the Southern portion of the Ottawa National Forest where a majority of the leaves have fallen, but now the tamarack/Eastern Larch are shining brilliant shades of gold. More color can still be seen in the north sections of the Ottawa, particularly in the McCormick Wilderness and along M-28 near Presque Isle River. Now is the time to take a drive or stroll to view the last few trees holding onto their colors for as long as possible​.


Chippewa National Forest

The Chippewa National Forest is past peak but a few autumn colors can still be seen along the roads and trails of the Forest.

Red oak and aspen are the last trees to display their vibrant fall colors. The added moisture from the past weeks has helped the leaves avoid the crackly dry appearance. There are still a few pockets of red oaks displaying shades of reddish-orange and red-brown. Big-tooth aspen leaves have a rich golden color that transitions to orange-yellow. Trembling aspen leaves are a vibrant gold. The tamarack trees, our deciduous conifer, are turning from soft yellow to deep gold as they begin to peak in color.

Superior National Forest

Fall has been going out with a bang on the Superior. This past week has seen a lot of rain, and wind speeds clocked at 74 mph kicked up waves of around 20 feet on the big lake. Not surprisingly, there is not a lot in the way of leaves left on the trees. Compared to previous years though, this is about average for the end of the fall color season. It was a beautiful fall, and we still have some good crisp days of hiking and grouse hunting before winter sets in. Even without the leaves, it is a good time of year to get outside.

New Hampshire

State & Private Forestry – Durham, NH Field Office

Foliage was at its peak Oct. 16 in western Massachusetts and southern parts of Vermont and New Hampshire when a strong Nor’easter storm on Oct. 17 brought heavy rains and winds to the Northeast, causing some of the brighter colored leaves to fall. However, there is still plenty of foliage color to be found in many communities throughout this area.

White Mountain National Forest

After last week’s coastal storm and another heavy rain event yesterday, leaf-peeping has pretty much come to a close in the White Mountains region, with only rusted colors remaining in some areas.


Wayne National Forest

After a dry late summer and slow start to the fall season, autumn colors are gaining momentum on the Wayne National Forest! Some places are seeing near peak color conditions! Now is the perfect time to plan an outing with your friends and loved ones before the brilliant red, gold, orange, and purple hues fade for another year. Have you ever taken an autumn drive on our Covered Bridge Scenic Byway? It follows 35 miles of State Route 26 from Marietta to Woodsfield, traversing some of Ohio’s most beautiful countryside.


Allegheny National Forest

The leaves in the Allegheny National Forest are approaching their best color at approximately 80 to 100 percent depending on which areas of the forest you are in.

Come take a drive to the forest to view some of our best colors of the season.

West Virginia

Monongahela National Forest

Hillsides in Monongahela National Forest are taking on hues of yellow, orange and red, we are in the full swing of fall color.

Check out the Live Leaf Map and fall color predictions for West Virginia here:

State & Private Forestry – Morgantown, WV Field Office 

With a recent first frost in much of the area, north-central West Virginia has started to see a strong change in Fall color. The maples are in their full glory and most of the oaks are just starting. Peak is not far off and this weekend should be a perfect time for leaf peeping in Central Appalachia.

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

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