Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 31, 2019

Eastern National Forest Fall Colors 10/31/19

Eastern Regional National Forests have the following fall color reports


Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

The last few pops of color from the remaining asters are starting to dwindle, and the dominant colors of bronze and brown are taking over the prairie landscape. A few colorful maples and oak trees can be spotted along the Prairie Creek Woods Loop trail just off of the River Road Parking lot and along the Bailey Bridge Trail.


Hoosier National Forest

The Hoosier National Forest has reached its peak of Fall Colors! Almost every leaf has turned a beautiful red, orange, yellow, or purple. The only trees that still have some green are the oaks and they are beginning to change as well. While mid-week will be rainy the forecast shows a clear and sunny Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in the 50s. An ideal weekend to get out and see the myriad of fall colors the Hoosier National Forest has to offer. A campsite at the Hardin Ridge Recreation Area or Indian Celina Recreation Area would serve as the perfect backdrop to a chilly but beautiful experience.


Huron-Manistee National Forests

Fall foliage has peaked in the Huron-Manistee National Forests! There are still plenty of colors to enjoy in the canopy, but there is more to enjoy on the forest floor now that leaves are falling.

Places to see: The Manistee Trail is a whimsical experience right now. Half of the leaves are in the trees and the other half are crunching under your feet.

Ottawa National Forest

Winter has moved into the Upper Peninsula and Fall has moved out, taking the colorful leaves with it. The majority of leaves on the Ottawa National Forest have fallen except a few that are holding on for as long as they can here and there, and that includes many of the tamarack trees. Heading to the Ontonagon and Kenton Ranger Districts will supply a better chance of still spotting a small amount of color, but it’ll be a good game of hide-and-seek in most areas​.


Chippewa National Forest

A “few” autumn colors can still be seen along the roads and trails of the Chippewa National Forest.

Red oak and aspen are the last trees to display their vibrant fall colors but the winds can sweep the last leaves away quickly. The tamarack, our deciduous conifer, returning from soft yellow to deep gold as they begin to peak in color.

As we wrap up fall colors Forest animals are starting to prepare for winter. You will see winter birds including blue jays, red-breasted nuthatches, chickadees, gray jays, and even black-billed magpies. Pileated woodpeckers are often seen flying and feeding in trees. Barred owls are often seen flying over roads at dawn in pursuit of prey. White-tailed deer are active early to mid-morning and early evening. The spots on the fawns have faded and the adult coats are turning darker gray. Larger flocks of geese are seen flying overhead. Bald eagles are seen soaring over lakes and roosting in trees along the shore. Lakes appear to be starting to turn over, dispersing oxygen from the top layers of the lake to the bottom.

Superior National Forest

The leaves are down across the Superior, and there was frost on the windshield and snow in the air this morning.

Though leaf season is over, deer hunting, skiing, and holiday harvests of wreaths and trees are right around the corner.

Enjoy the Forest, whatever the season.


Mark Twain National Forest

Fall colors are appearing very quickly on Mark Twain National Forest, as autumn weather finally moved into Missouri. The National Scenic Byways are great places to drive through the Forest to enjoy some beautiful colors. Here are some scenic driving options.  Light rain in September means that many trees are going straight from green to leaf-off. It creates a stark backdrop for the trees that are showing their full fall regalia throughout the Forest!

New Hampshire

State & Private Forestry – Durham, NH Field Office

Most areas across southern New Hampshire are past their peak in color, though there are still few bright spots here and there to be found. While the brighter reds, oranges and yellows of maples have become harder to find, the bronze and russet-colored leaves of oaks are plentiful. Some brighter colored foliage can be found closer to the coast and in very southern New England and New York.


Wayne National Forest

The Wayne National Forest is seeing peak or near peak fall color conditions! Maples turned early with brilliant red and scarlet hues. Oaks and buckeyes are catching up, turning gold and orange. And sweet gums vary the color scene with deep purples. We hope you’ll get to enjoy the bright autumn leaves with your friends and loved ones before the wind sweeps them away for another year.


Allegheny National Forest

The leaf color in the Allegheny National Forest is fading, most trees are losing leaves already due to wind and rain.

We predict this weekend to be the last weekend for color as more wind, rain, and snow are in the forecast.

West Virginia

Monongahela National Forest

Fall colors in higher elevations are past peak. Lower elevations are at peak with bright colors of red, orange and yellow covering the hillsides.

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

State & Private Forestry – Morgantown, WV Field Office 

We are suddenly nearing peak color! With our high tree species richness, we are enjoying many shades of yellow, orange, and red. The oaks, our last to turn, are now starting to show some color too. Halloween is going to bring wind and rain and some of the leaves will certainly fall. This weekend should be clear, cool and beautiful and we will still have leaves to see.

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

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