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About the Pocono Mountains
Thank you for visiting our Fall Foliage Forecast! Home to more than 127 varieties of trees, shrubs and plants, the Pocono Mountains is truly a spectacular sight during the fall season. Because the region spans 2,400 square miles, three distinct color zones are present allowing you to catch peak colors not only once, but three times. Updated every Thursday through the end of October, this forecast will assist you on where, when and how to experience the brilliant foliage in our four-county region. The report is also available by calling 570.421.5565.
View our geographic map of the Pocono Mountains to see our three color zones.
Northern: While there is no significant change in color as of yet, Red Maples are turning color likely due to the lack of precipitation recently. Some shrubs are also starting to give us a "sneak preview". In some scattered places Staghorn Sumac are starting to turn a brilliant red and some Dogwoods are becoming maroon in color. In this location, full color is at 0% with 100% of leaves on trees. The projected date for peak color is October 4.
Central: The central region has a small amount of fall foliage change in the wetlands and the areas where the trees have been stressed from a lack of rainfall. There are about 99% of leaves on trees. Full color is at 1-2%. The projected week for peak color is October 11-17.
Southern: Autumn is only beginning in Carbon County and the forest continues to be mostly light green in color. Scattered Aspen and Birches are showing their fall foliage yellows. The Red Maples are beginning to show their red-maroon shades on some of the fringe branches. The Black Gums are a little further developed with their deep red leaves. The most spectacular views are the fields of Goldenrod with their beautiful dark yellow blossoms. Also, patches of Jewelweed with their light yellowish-green leaves and delicate yellow flowers are visible along the Lehigh Gorge or a moist ditch line along highways. Full color is at less than 10%, with 100% of leaves on trees. October 12 is the projected date for peak color.
Northern Wayne and Pike Counties
Southern Wayne and Pike and Northern Monroe Counties
Southern Monroe County and Carbon County
Percentage of Full Color
Less than 10%
Percentage of Leaves on Trees
Projected Peak Color
|Oct. 4||Oct. 11-17||Oct. 12|
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Check out our Calendar of Events to experience the best of autumn festivals and events in the four-county region.
The Milford Music Festival in June was a great way to kick off the summer but the fun isn't over. Enjoy one last hurrah with good music and great food. The Milford Music Festival brings you another one-day music extravaganza. Enjoy live music, food, and shopping. Whatever your music tastes, you will find a top local band playing it. More
Step back in time and enjoy a relaxing train ride up the Lehigh Gorge for 25 miles, then pedal your bike back down to Jim Thorpe at your own pace along the Lehigh Gorge Rail-Trail. Remember your camera. The many sparkling waterfalls provide great photo opportunities. Train Ride/Shuttle with your own bike rates: $21.99 per person. Train Ride/Shuttle with bike rental rates: $39.99 per person. Advance tickets/reservations are required and can be made by calling Pocono Biking at 570-325-3654. More