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Peak foliage report for New England — 13 Comments

  1. hello, love pics.of the foliage,and autumn color I have TO SEE this for my self. DO you know of bus leave out of the city ?PLS. HELP

    • Well, I guess that would depend on which city. And just any bus leaving the city wouldn’t help. Please start with which city and then I might have a suggestion.
      Next I would look for fall foliage tours and see how close they are to where you live. For instance if you live in Boston, then you will find several tour carriers that operate from there.
      Now if you live in Oklahoma City… Well then you will have to get here first!

  2. Thanks Lisa and Michelle for the color reports and images! Looks like it is shaping up to be a beautiful year to get out, take your camera and explore New England! Thanks Jeff !

  3. Jeff,

    This information is very useful. I’m so glad I found this page! I am wondering though if the color will be past peak by Columbus Day weekend in areas such as Pittsburg, NH and Greenville, Maine. Any idea?


    • Melissa, I’m glad you found the page also.. 🙂
      Well this year is a bit hard to guesstimate because as I say every year. Each year is as unique as snow flakes. (that really helps doesn’t it…)
      With the fall temps arriving earlier than expected. It had brought on the color sooner than years past but the warm wet weather should have slowed down the changing color somewhat.
      Bu no matter what Pittsburg and Greenville should be past peak by the CD weekend. If you have reservations you can always travel south into the White Mountains or even into the northern portion of the lakes region.
      I think also that unless we get a blow the leaves don’t turn red and fall off the trees in one pile… (if they did homeowners would ever so happy)
      They take their time and one by one meander their way to the ground.

      So if we are REAL! lucky and we have no windy days between now and then, you could arrive up there to some leaf canopy. But since these areas are just this week/end coming into peak, you will be a week past peak when you arrive…
      That’s the short of it.
      The long of it is you’ll get to explore and drive the back roads looking for color. And if you come back here as you are going I may have some pointers from other leaf peepers as to where the color is happening. If you have a smart phone with twitter you can follow me and I’ll try to respond…(no guarantees on speed of reply).
      I hope this helps…

      • Thanks for the info. I was hoping to get up there this weekend, but the weather is looking pretty rainy. Hoping the forecast drastically changes! I am following you on twitter, so I will keep checking for updates. Thanks again!

        • I know but right now it’s 30-40% chance of rain and Sunday is looking like mostly sunny… But you know how it goes… If you do show then it rains and if you don’t the nicest fall day in 10 years… 🙁
          I’ve got family issues so I have to cancel tomorrow.. I will do my best to get some good updates up…

    • Confirmed that Pittsburgh and all the way down to Franconia is fading. North Franconia is where we saw peak color on the hills.

  4. Jeff,
    Thanks to Lisa for the photos as well as the photos of northern NH and Maine. We leave next Monday, Oct. 3, and this helps us know where to look for great color. Love your site!

    Kathy and Tyler

    • Another update, We went up into Northern NH and Lancaster and south and west of there on Route 135 was past peak a bit. still color but it was fading. North Franconia looked great though.

  5. I don’t see any reason why you won’t and if perchance it’s getting a little past peak there, then I have several drives on the south side of the white mountains and into the lakes region… Squam Lake?? (think on golden pond) Also Jackson NH and Conway… All these ares should be looking very nice.

  6. Hello Jeff. Thanks 4 the updates. I am planning to visit the White mountains by OCT 8,9. Would I be able to see peak color along Route 112 (The Kanc). Plz let me know ur thoughts/inputs. Thanks again.

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