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Looking to find the best fall foliage hikes in Massachusetts? Autumn is the best season to get outdoors and take in the brilliant leaf displays that New England is known for. We asked our Stewardship Team for their favorite Trustees properties to hike and view the world-famous leaf peeping opportunities. You will be delighted by their list of some of these lesser-known gems.
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Tens of thousands of people visit the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and North Georgia each year to see the beautiful Fall foliage and Fall colors. The Blue Ridge Mountains offer one of the most colorful and longest running fall leaf seasons in the world.
This 2022 Fall Foliage guide for the Blue Ridge Mountains will:Tell you when the peak times are for various elevations and locationsProvide weekly updates for you on the current status of the leaf colorLinks to lots of photos from prior years, with links to great places to see the fall colorsShare tips for fall foliage watching that will help you have the best experience and get the best beautiful photos. One of the most import? Book your reservations early. Hotels, motels, and cabins are filling up fast and many are already fully booked.Top 22 Best Stops for Fall Colors on The Blue Ridge ParkwayCheck out our top 22 picks for the THE best stops along the Blue Ridge Parkway to see Fall Colors in 2022View Now!Maybe you're wondering what makes us an authority? Well, we live here, and specifically in Maggie Valley NC. As Fall 2022 approaches, we'll be out and about taking photos and reporting on current conditions.We also stay in touch with regional experts to get the latest information on current conditions and Fall predictions. You'll find our dates and photos to be some of the most accurate available, and we always provide frequent updates WITH photos.
Based on our personal experience this past weekend, we think color progression is as follows:Above 5,000 - 10% Progression - So still mainly greenBelow 5,000 Feet - Less than 1% progression, and still very much green, although you can find spots of color on individual trees.We've also heard multiple reports that colors at Graveyard Fields are progressing as well. We expect the progression to continue on track at this point! Here our some Fall Color photos from Beech Mountain, we took this past weekend (click the thumbnail for a bigger image). Hope you enjoy, and we'll update you more next week!Join Our Free Facebook GroupShare your Fall Color Photos and to see photos from more than 300,000 other happy members!Join Today for FREE!if(typeof ez_ad_units!='undefined')ez_ad_units.push([[250,250],'blueridgemountainlife_com-narrow-sky-2','ezslot_20',709,'0','0']);__ez_fad_position('div-gpt-ad-blueridgemountainlife_com-narrow-sky-2-0');Blue Ridge Mountains Fall Foliage 2022 ForecastOne of the most common questions we get asked in our Facebook Group this time of year is: When is the best time to visit to see the the fall foliage ??
The problem is that leaf color varies year to year, elevation to elevation and even by the direction the mountain side is facing. To complicate matters even more, the intensity of the color is determined by a number of very complex factors including:The type of plantAmount of rainfallTemperaturesLeaves begin changing color at higher elevations, and the color change works its way down in elevation. This is something you'll want to factor in, when on the Parkway, as you'll generally be viewing elevations below you.The good news is that all of these variations don't really throw off the normal schedule a great deal. Here is our 2022 Fall Color Forecast for the Blue Ridge Mountains, by week, starting in late September:September 25 - October 2At the highest elevations, at and above 6,000 feet, spotty and muted color will begin to appear. The views from these locations will be mostly green at this time, due to the areas viewed from here are at lower elevations.
Peak time for remaining elevations, including Gatlinburg, TN, Chimney Rock State Park, Lake Lure NC, Helen GA and other remaining lower elevation mountains. Please note, these timeframes are estimates based on prior years and current weather and soil conditions. Actual peak times may vary some from this forecast.11 Top Waterfalls to Visit for Fall ColorsSee our top picks for the best Fall waterfalls in the Blue Ridge MountainsView Now!Fall VideosHere are some of our latest Fall videos from our YouTube channel:2022 Fall Elk Rut SeasonOne of the highlights of Fall for us is Elk Rut Season, where Bulls put on a show, and often battle with other bulls over female Elk and territory. The "show" includes bugling, sparring with other Elk, and herding their "harems" or groups of cows.
William Cullen Bryant must have been thinking of Pennsylvania when he penned the statement used as the title for this story, as Pennsylvania has a longer and more varied fall foliage season than any other state.
The most abundant pigment in trees is chlorophyll, which gives trees their green color. Carotenoids reflect orange, yellow, and brown colors and produce the yellow of a tulip tree and the russet colors of oaks. These two pigments are present in leaf cells during most of the growing season but as nights grow cooler and longer chlorophyll production slows and eventually stops. Anthocyanins are usually produced in autumn and are responsible for the brilliant shades of red that we see in foliage. But only certain tree species produce anthocyanins such as red oak, dogwood, red maple, black gum, and sumac, all of which are abundant in PA.
Weather has the largest effect on the production of fall foliage. Warm, sunny fall days with cool and crisp nights seem to bring out the best of the colors. The sun during the days helps to produce the sugar for pigmentation and the cool evenings assist in the gradual closing of the leaf veins which prevent the sugars from moving out. But, in addition to sunny days and crisp evenings, the amount of rainfall also affects the coloration of the leaves as a severe summer drought will most often produce a low intensity of fall colors. So, in order to have an autumn of brilliant fall foliage we need to have a warm wet spring, favorable summer weather with sufficient rain, and warm sunny fall days with cool nights.
PA fall foliage season is usually seven to eight weeks long and, as expected, begins with our northern most counties. While the scenic byways are available to you all during the fall foliage season, PA is also home to many fall festivals where you can enjoy the colorful foliage and share in arts, crafts, fantastic food, and loads of fun.
Many Harrisburg residents have spent leisurely hours along Harrisburg Riverfront Park, which is beautiful any time of year, walking, bike riding, or just contemplating life along the upper riverwalk or the lower esplanade. And a quick trip to City Island offers even more with the Pennsylvania Senators ballfield; Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat, which does fall foliage cruises; miniature golf; and the newly opened Harrisburg Beach Club located at the 101-year-old restored bathhouse. Any time of year is a delight on City Island, but the fall offers an even more vibrant back drop for a relaxing stroll.
Enjoy the fall foliage from the comfort of a vehicle. There are many scenic drives in the Gunnison Valley, including Cottonwood Pass, Cumberland Pass and Ohio Pass. Visit our scenic drives page for more information.
Fall is a great time to hold a Colorado wedding due to the picturesque fall foliage and fair weather. Crested Butte and Gunnison are far more affordable than other mountain towns like Aspen, while providing the same gorgeous scenery and outdoor activities for guests. Learn more about venues and vendors for your fall wedding on our weddings and events page.
Featuring more than 40 miles of hiking trails, picturesque waterfalls, unique natural areas, and spectacular scenic overlooks, Hickory Run State Park has a LOT to fall foliage views to offer!
At the heart of the Whipple Dam State Park is 22 acre Whipple Lake, constructed in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, now a popular spot for boating, swimming, fishing, and fall foliage views.
Hike through the meadows or the forest at Brandywine Creek for stunning fall colors in every direction. One of our favorite trails, the Hidden Pond trail, begins at the nature center and winds through the forest and down to Brandywine Creek. The stone walls throughout the park, built in the 1800s by the du Pont family, make an excellent foreground for foliage photos. Every weekend in October, the park also runs wagon rides. Bring a blanket and picnic, and settle in for a relaxing 30-minute trip to enjoy the autumn colors and picturesque meadows. Warm up with a campfire at the end of your journey.
According to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, there are about 250 tree species in the state. You can catch the colors yellow, red, and even purple between September and November. This article dives into some of the most incredible places in Illinois to see fall foliage.
The Chestnut Mountain is located in Galena City in Jo Daviess County, Northern Illinois. In the winter, the mountain is filled with skiing enthusiasts. However, in the fall, the mountain and its surrounding forests give a breathtaking fall foliage view. The mountain provides many vantage points to view fall foliage.
The last two weeks of September are usually the best time to find the best fall leaves in Utah's mountains. Leaves may be mostly green in the valleys, but fall colors typically peak around the third week of September in scenic canyons and on hiking trails.
Since the start of fall we have had mostly cool weather with a mix of rainy and sunny days. This is ideal fall foliage weather, and it is giving us a spectacular display so far. The sugar and red maples are the stars of the show now, with the oaks and hickories eagerly waiting backstage for their debut. We expect much of Garrett County to see peak foliage around October 15, and beginning now through the next two weeks will be the best time to enjoy fall foliage in the far western part of the state!Melissa Nash, Forester, Garrett Project Manager 041b061a72