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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: Get outdoors now to catch the last of the color from the Oak trees around Hawley and Lake Wallenpaupack. You can also see some of the final days of the foliage throughout Wayne County. The other areas in this region are well past peak colors with the trees becoming barer as the weeks go by. There are approximately 30-60% of leaves on trees depending on the area. This region has passed peak color.
Central: The Oak trees are changing into deep red and orange tones with the occasional yellow peeping through. The Sugar Maples are displaying bright yellows and oranges, while the Sassafras are still showing vibrant mixtures of yellow, red and orange. Some trees like the Birch and Ash have turned yellow and begun to lose their leaves. Though the Red Maples have also lost some of their leaves, you can still catch a glimpse of their bright reds and oranges in certain areas. Full color is at 90% with 70% of leaves on trees. The projected date for peak color is October 16-19.
Southern: Look for the recent rains and cooler temperatures to play a key role for the foliage this week. The heavy rain expected for the region will cause some of the leaves to fall to the forest floor. The landscape will show some of the bright reds from Red Maple along with the yellows of the Birch, Aspen and Tulip Poplar, which have been holding onto their foliage the past few weeks. The Oaks will now begin to show off their colors throughout the scenic overlooks and vistas. This week you'll start noticing some deeper crimson tones out of the Red Oaks along with some yellow colors from White Oaks and Chestnut Oaks. Full color is at 80% with 75% of leaves on trees. The projected date for peak color is October 18-22.
Visit our Fall Fun page to view our 25 Ways to View Fall Foliage a list of fall activities and events, our live cameras and special fall offers! Find the answers to your autumn inquiries on our list of FAQs.
Northern Wayne and Pike Counties
Southern Wayne and Pike and Northern Monroe Counties
Southern Monroe County and Carbon County
Percentage of Full Color
100% (Past Peak)
Percentage of Leaves on Trees
Projected Peak Color
|Past Peak Color ||Oct. 16-19|| Oct. 18-22 |
This week's featured Special Offer is the Fall Festival Package at Skytop Lodge. Celebrate the harvest season with fun fall activities and entertainment! This package is available Friday through Sunday with rates starting at $495.00 per night based on two adults and two children. Book Saturday and get Friday or Sunday 50% off. Browse the remainder of our Special Offers for all of the money-saving lodging options available to leaf peepers.
The Great Pocono Pumpkin Festival is open every day from 11am-6pm. $10 wristband provides you with unlimited hay rides, 3D Adventure, enchanted garden and woods, pirate play ship, and bounce houses. Also enjoy pumpkin chucking, paintball, food, produce market, Fall and Halloween decorations, and more. On weekends the festival comes alive with entertainment, midway amusement rides, games, and much more. More
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