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This is your guide to finding the best fall colors across the U.S. Some sites provide current fall color conditions and are updated regularly (usually weekly). Others will give you a guide to when peak fall colors are expected to occur in an average year. Some sites recommend specific locations and fall color tours (driving routes).

These links become active at different times during the fall.  If one hasn't become active yet, try another. Multi-State Guides are at the bottom of the page. I update this page each fall (usually more than once) as the links change. Some fall color pages disappear or move with surprising frequency.

Fall Color Updates
Locations and Scenic Drives

California Fall Color Map - you can zoom in and out and move around
       Fall Foliage Reports - links to several sites
     Fall Leaves - interactive map by the Sacramento Bee
     California Fall Color - blog with photos
     Eastern Sierra Nevada Fall Color - a guide on where to go and when by
             photographer G Dan Mitchell
     Eastern Sierra Nevada Reports from Parcher's Resort
       Yosemite National Park (NPS) Fall color locations. Peak is usually in late October.

Colorado Fall Color Travel Guide - My own extensive guide to where to go in Colorado
             (and when) to catch the best fall colors, whether you have two days up to two weeks.
             Over 100 photos and lots of maps.
     Colorado Nature Photographers Click FORUM and look for the fall color thread.
     San Juan National Forest
         Colorado State Parks   Read the instructions under "Finding the Confetti of Color"
Aspen Viewing: Colorado Fall Foliage Drives
     USDA Forest Service Fall Color Hotline: 800-354-4595. Select Region #2.

Foliage Report
Finding Fall Color

Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest

Indiana: Hoosier National Forest

- Fall color reports by region

Fall color tours and updates
Michigan UP:
Western UP color report
Eastern UP color report
Eastern UP fall color tour
Ottawa NF Fall Color Drives (U.P.)
U.P. Travel fall color report
U.P. Travel fall color tours
Northern Michigan:
Mackinac Island color report
Leelanau County color report
Benzie County color report
Gaylord color report
Grayling color report
Cadillac fall color tours
Traverse City area fall color tours

Maine - Fall color reports and trip ideas

       Fall Color Map
       Weather, Roads, Fall Color

New Hampshire:
Fall Foliage Tracker - click on a region for a foliage report

New York:
Weekly color reports
Fall in New York

North Carolina
         Weekly Fall Color Reports from Appalachian State University
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Peak is early to mid-October
                 above 4000 feet and mid-October to early November at lower elevations.
Blue Ridge Parkway
       Autumn Color in the Smokies with fall color report

       Ohio fall color reports

       Downloadable fall color reports

Fall color
"Fall Color Forecast" line at
                     1-800-697-4200 with weekly reports.
                     The line is open through the end of November.
Autumn Color in the Smokies with fall color report


West Virginia
           Fall color map with expected peak by area

           Fall color report

         Fall color road trips


Multi-State Fall Color Guides

Fall color map from the Weather Channel.

USDA nationwide fall color map

U.S. Forest Service, Region 2 - Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming.
         Color reports by State and National forest.

U.S. Forest Service, Region 4Nevada, Utah, Southern Idaho, Western Wyoming
         and parts of California. Color reports by State and National forest.

Smoky Mountains Color Guide

U.S. Fall Color Updates from the Univ of Illinois with links to multiple fall color sites

Fall Color in the Eastern U.S. from NC Natural with links to multiple fall color sites

NC Natural Fall Color Finder

The USDA Forest Service Fall Color Hotline (800-354-4595) is not currently in service.

Created October 3, 2000
Updated May 2, 2017

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