WEEKEND TRAVEL CHAMPS

When To Catch Fall Foliage in Every Northeast State

Fall’s coming, leaves are changing, and you need to GTFO of town to breathe in some crisp fall air with a cider donut in your hand before winter comes. Googling when to discover peak fall foliage in New York and the rest of the Northeast can get a bit dicey. For every great resource, there are 20 other ad-filled links pushing the same content.

Lucky for you, we’re fall nerds (and also regular nerds). So, naturally, we researched every state in the Northeast and found the best resource for knowing when to visit each.

Behold! Every link you need to know when to catch fall foliage in the Northeast. Note: Mother Nature will do what she will, so all forecasts are meant to be approximations.

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NORTHEAST MAPS

These broader maps are generally a great place to start – and if you’re easily satisfied, the first two links should be good enough for you.

  • Smoky Mountains has a slick, interactive map of the entire country with a slider to show the change over time.
  • NewEngland.com has the most useful & interactive map for the New England states, specifically.
  • Foliage Network publishes reports twice a week for the Northeast with useful maps showing leaf color and leaf drop. Check their 2017 archive to forecast future weeks.

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NEW YORK

PEAK FOLIAGE

Adirondacks & Catskills: Late September – Early October.
Most of Upstate New York: 3rd – 4th week of October.
NYC: Late October – Early November.

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VERMONT

PEAK FOLIAGE

Most of Vermont: 2nd Week of October
Southern Vermont: 2nd – 3rd Week of October

GO-TO LINKS:

  • Vermont Vacation has a useful gif that shows the color change week-to-week. Note: you can’t pause it and have to dart your eyes back & forth between the map and the dates. We got a bit stressed out looking at it… 
  • Vermont.com has weekly reports starting the first week of September. Last year, their October 12th report marked peak foliage for much of the state.
  • Foliage-Vermont has some maps that show the progression throughout the state, as well.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

PEAK FOLIAGE

Northern New Hampshire: 2nd Week of October
Middle & Southern New Hampshire: 3rd Week of October

GO-TO LINKS:

  • Visit NH has an interactive map with a nifty slider and helpful links to scenic drives & photo ops in each part of the state. 

MAINE

PEAK FOLIAGE

Northern Maine: Late September – 1st Week of October
Central Maine: 1st – 2nd Week of October
Western Maine: 2nd – 3rd Week of October
Southern & Coastal Maine: 3rd – 4th Week of October

GO-TO LINKS:

  • Maine.gov has weekly reports starting 9/12. You can check their archive to get a sense of when leaves typically will change. They also have a helpful breakdown of when to come, by region.

CONNECTICUT

PEAK FOLIAGE

Northern Connecticut: 2nd Week of October
Middle & Southern Connecticut: 3rd – 4th Week of October
Southwestern Connecticut: Early November

GO-TO LINKS:

PENNSYLVANIA

PEAK FOLIAGE

Northern Pennsylvania: 1st – 2nd Week of October
Western & Central Pennsylvania: 3rd Week of October
Southeastern Pennsylvania: Late October – Early November

GO-TO LINKS:

NEW JERSEY

PEAK FOLIAGE

Northwest New Jersey: 1st – 2nd Week of October
Northeast & Central New Jersey: 3rd Week of October
Southern New Jersey: Late October – Early November

GO-TO LINKS:

  • NJ State Park Service seems to have the most useful weekly reports on their Facebook. Don’t sleep on Jersey, folks! While other states get the bulk of the foliage-traffic, NJ has the benefit of turning later in the season. 
  • NJ Hiking has the best fall foliage hikes for you to check once those leaves come around. 

MASSACHUSETTS

PEAK FOLIAGE

Western Massachusetts & The Berkshires: 2nd Week of October
Central Massachusetts: 2nd – 3rd Week of October
East Coast of Massachusetts: 3rd Week of October

GO-TO LINKS:

  • For some reason, we couldn’t find any great Massachusetts-specific resources. New England.com’s map is the most useful here.
  • Worth noting that we did come across a website called Jeff Foliage, which isn’t the most useful source, but we appreciate the name Jeff Foliage.

RHODE ISLAND

PEAK FOLIAGE

Most of Rhode Island: 2nd – 3rd Week of October

GO-TO LINKS:

  • Rhode Island doesn’t get much love on the internet, apparently. New England.com comes in handy again here. Though, RI really isn’t your best bet for foliage-specific trips. (Sorry Rhodey)

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