Fall foliage to peak early in Pennsylvania

Unseasonably cool temperatures in late August and early September have pushed the fall foliage season ahead by at least a week. Several district foresters with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources have noted that the peak of fall foliage in northern Pennsylvania could come as early as the last week of September this year.

The regional peak of fall color usually begins the first week of October across the northern tier of the state and in the Poconos. By mid-October the peak slides into a central triangular region starting around Stroudsburg, extending west through State College and expanding north and south as it continues west to Pittsburgh and Erie. And finally, in the latter half of October, southcentral and southeastern Pennsylvania sees peak color.

On the upside of this, above-average rainfall this year has prepped the landscape for a spectacular show. You can expect to see reds, yellows, and oranges this year. If you are up for some Autumn fun, you could get involved in the leaf peeping across the state, visit the new Sinnemahoning Wildlife Center, or go check out some free-roaming Elk.


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