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Well the season is off to a start and as I’ve outlined before the drought will affect many areas of mid to southern New England. Up north the state websites are reporting only 5-10% turning and this equates to green by most standards.

fall color early

fall color early

If you have to go out this weekend, then the primary areas as told by the state tourism folks are:


Best Bets (North to South):

– Northeast Kingdom Byway from St. Johnsbury to Newport and Jay.
– Route 120 touring along the north and west of Lake Carmi State Park.
– Route 105 from Enosburg Falls to Richford, then east to Island Pond.
– Routes 14, 15, 16, and 114 through the Northeast Kingdom.
– Route 302 through Orange, Groton & Ryegate.
– The Gap Roads: Routes 17, 125 and 73 west from Route 100.
– Route 4 from West Bridgewater, heading west to Killington over Sherburne Pass to Mendon.
– Route 103 from Ludlow through Mount Holly to Route 7.
– Route 9 from Woodford to Marlboro.

New Hampshire

Well New Hampshire hasn’t started reporting as of yet but they did share this foliage tracker to give you an idea of where to plan to be. I tend to prefer this foliage tracker from our friends at Yankee Magazine. Even though it’s over exaggerated by people reporting more color than is really there, it’s better than a historical approach which can’t really give you a feel for today.

The color is still in the early stages except for way north, like Pittsburgh NH, and Dixville Notch. Most of NH is still mostly green with branches and partial trees turning here or there. I have one report from one of my spotters as follows from Matt DiMaio who says Pinkham Notch up to the autoroad on Mount Washington is still only 5-10% at best. and that leads to…


Caribou Miane

Caribou Maine

The Maine tourism folks are showing green on their but are claiming 5-10% in their northern areas. September 21, 2016 – (AUGUSTA, Maine) – The 2016 Fall Foliage Report from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry reports very little color change throughout Maine. Northern Maine is still reporting very low (less than 10 percent) color change.

Out near Moose Head lake, Heather at Cozy Moose cabins has this on her Instagram page.

Angelina up in Caribou Maine posted this image on her FB account. I would really like to see how this one glorious tree compares to all the others around it…???


A report from Jonathan in CT says that the early colors in south eastern CT are showing but muted. This will bear watching as the muted could just be early color or it could be real damage by the severe drought down that way.

Wrap Up

Over all if you go out this weekend and you head up to the North East Kingdom of VT or north of the White Mountains of NH or northern ME you will get some color showing. But with the temps dropping ahead of the cold front and feeling very seasonal for autumn.

I would concentrate on any harvest festivals and orchards to visit and of course cider donuts and cold pressed cider fresh from the fields… It’s a great time to get out and enjoy the back roads of New England.

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Jeff Foliage

My name is Jeff Folger,
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I started with Yankee Magazine as their first blogger on everything fall foliage. Now I blog on my own blog on my favorite subject, telling leaf peepers where the fall foliage is showing up in New England and helping them (to some extent) plan their fall foliage vacations.
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Weekend foliage report — 6 Comments

  1. im planning our annual weekend trip to the white mountains lincoln nh area oct 7 and 8.. do you think it will be peak or a week too early?

    • I don’t know if we’ll have a peak but right now the colors are held up in the northern areas of NH Errol and Dixville Notch and points north of that…

  2. Hey Jeff! I am heading up to Pittsburg, NH and the northern areas next Wednesday through Friday. I hope one week makes a good difference for those parts. Usually by the end of September it is great there. I guess we shall see!

  3. Thank you for your hard work, our group plan to be in Atlantic City 10/8-10/15 2016 from there to Niagara falls, Bar Harbor Maine and New Hampshire and I think your reports might overlap some of places although were starting north a little late. We may travel south on our way home through Shenandoah National park and on to the Great Smokey mountains and home to Oklahoma and we do have a good showing here in the eastern part of the state from the last week in October through mid November. Thanks again for your hard work it is very helpful. Dewayne

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