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A State-by-State Guide to Fall Colors



Dominant Colors: Orange, yellow, and green.

Peak Time: During the first week of October, plan a visit to the western and southeastern regions for foliage. Peak foliage occurs mid-October for the central area of the state while the eastern regions pop with colors during the end of the month.


Dominant Colors: Red and orange.

Peak Time: The far western quarter of the Michigan upper peninsula peaks from mid-September to early October, while all other areas in the upper peninsula peak from late-September to mid-October. The expected peak color for the lower peninsula is from late September to late October.

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Dominant Colors: Red and orange.

Peak Time: On average, peak fall color in the northern one-third of the state occur the middle of September to early October. The central third of the state is most colorful between late September and early October. Southern Minnesota trees reach their peak late September to mid-October. One exception is the North Shore of Lake Superior where peak fall color arrives roughly one week later than area located inland.


Dominant Colors: Orange, yellow, and red.

Peak Time: The peak of fall color in Missouri is usually mid-October. By late October, the colors have faded and the leaves are beginning to drop from the trees.

New Hampshire

Dominant Colors: Yellow and red.

Peak Time: Generally, the best times to view the fall colors are near the end of September in the far north, the beginning of October in the White Mountain region, and the middle of October in the south.

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New Jersey

Dominant Colors: Yellow and red.

Peak Time: Peak viewing for Inland New Jersey is mid- to late October. Late October to early November is the best time for foliage in coastal areas of the state.

New Mexico

Dominant Colors: Yellow and orange.

Peak Time: Peak viewing in New Mexico falls around beginning to mid-October. The Sante Fe Site highlights scenic foliage trips to many state parks in the region.

New York

Dominant Colors: Red, orange, and yellow.

Peak Time: New York is known for great foliage so plan your trip sometime between the last few days of September through the month of October. The Adirondacks and Catskills will provide the most opportunities for great foliage sightings.

North Carolina

Dominant Colors: Red and orange.

Peak Time: Inland areas of the state can expect peak foliage around mid- to late October. The coastal regions of North Carolina typically hit peak from late October to early November.


Dominant Colors: Yellow and orange.

Peak Time: Though there is always a chance of delay due to weather and climate changes, most trees peak during the second and third week of October. Late in the month tends to be an ideal time to visit the southernmost areas of the state.

Call 800-BUCKEYE for assistance in planning your trip or for foliage updates.

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