Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 7, 2019

Eastern National Forest Fall Colors 11/7/19

Eastern Regional National Forests have the following fall color reports


Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie The prairie has mostly turned brown for the season, some green remains in the wetlands. A close to 2.5” snowfall on Halloween knocked off most of the leaves from the trees and that paired with unseasonably low temperatures coming in the next week will bring the fall colors season to an end at Midewin. We celebrated National Bison Day on Saturday, November 2 with guided prairie and bison hikes throughout the day.Shawnee National Forest

Our current color condition is all golden and beautiful browns we had a slow start but the “Shawnee National Forest” in Southern Illinois now is a beautiful backdrop any photographer would love.


Hoosier National Forest While the peak of fall colors may have passed there is still plenty to see. A lot of the leaves have fallen off but the oaks and maples are hanging on. The oaks have now turned to beautiful deep purples and various shades of brown while the maples still have some reds and yellows. A hike through the Forest now would be a nice change as one would be able to see deep into areas one wouldn’t normally see when the trees and bushes are full. The forecast for the weekend is clear and in the mid-50s. This weekend may be the last time to get out before winter hiking! If you haven’t explored your Forest at any time other than the spring and summer this weekend would be ideal.


Huron-Manistee National Forests We are still seeing beautiful color lingering in the trees in Huron-Manistee National Forests, but with a cold front and snow blowing in we are expecting to see plenty of white blanketing what remains of the fall foliage in northern Michigan.


Chippewa National Forest Fall colors have come and gone on the Chippewa National Forest. A few remaining leaves are still scattered on various trees, but the primary leaf color now is the green of the conifers; pines, spruces and balsam fir. So time to start thinking about picking out that perfect Christmas tree on the Forest.

Forest animals are preparing for winter. You will see winter birds including blue jays, red-breasted nuthatches, chickadees, gray jays, and even black-billed magpies. 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.

New Hampshire

State & Private Forestry – Durham, NH Field Office Fall foliage color has faded from most parts across New England and New York, though there is still some isolated color to be found in places, particularly near the Atlantic coastline and in extreme southern parts.


Allegheny National Forest It has been a great fall season on the Allegheny National Forest. Our forest had some beautiful fall colors this year!

Now as winter approaches are trees have lost their leaves. Check back next fall for more updates and fall photos.

West Virginia

Monongahela National Forest Fall colors are past peak however, some areas still show an abundance of color. Weather conditions will become increasingly windy, rainy and snowy which will remove the remaining leaves. For more information on fall foliage please visit

State & Private Forestry – Morgantown, WV Field Office 

We have been having some beautiful Fall weather lately–crisp and clear most days! Fall color is just past peak. That is not to say that there is no color left and all the leaves are down. The oaks, which are the last to change, are just now changing and turning russet, as well as dark and rusty reds. There is another wintery cold front coming with snow forecast at the higher elevations, so this weekend should be nice for those who like more of a winter crispness to the air.

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

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