Foliage report archives, from 2010 – 2017.
For current reports see NJ Fall Foliage.
2017 NJ Fall Foliage Report Archive
Final Report – this week thru weekend of Nov 18th/19th… The best chance for the last bits of color this season is the southern third of the state and the coastal areas. But still expect a mix of peak color, unchanged green leaves, brown leaves, and bare branches. After this weekend, unlikely to find much color.
11/11/17 – Washington Valley, Somerset County – Mix of beautiful peak color with past peak trees.
11/9/17 – This weekend and into next week…
Peak color across central, southern, and coastal areas, while northern Jersey has moved past peak. There’s still terrific color out there but expect to also see unchanged green as well as thinned or totally bare trees on the same trail. A cold snap this weekend will likely spur leaf drop so get out and soak it in now!
Potentials… Central: Round Valley, Baldpate Mtn, Washington Crossing, D&R Canal; Coast: Cheesequake, The Palisades, Hartshorne; Southern: Maurice River Bluffs, Belleplain.
Further out… Peak color in southeastern PA, the portion up against NJ from about Rt 78 and south. Near peak to peak in Long Island and NYC. Virginia and NC: mountains are at peak, with high color towards the coast.
11/4/17 – Sourland Mountains, Somerset County – High to Peak color. Like everywhere in the state at this point, the color was mixed with green leaves and some bare trees.
11/3/17 – This weekend and into next week…
The state continues to be a mix of high to peak color, green leaves, and trees with leaf drop. Color can be found almost everywhere in varying amounts but best bets for color now moving to the central, south, and coastal portions of the state.
Try Hacklebarney, Cooper Mill, Round Valley, Baldpate Mtn, Washington Crossing, D&R Canal; The Palisades; Belleplain. Northwest corner is past peak (High Point).
Further out… Peak color in southeastern PA, the portion up against NJ from about Rt 78 and south. Peak in Harriman and Bear Mtn; Hudson Valley mix of peak to past peak. High color across Maryland. Peak in lower elevations of W. Virginia.
10/30/17 – Color can be still be found across all of New Jersey but this season has been a little different. In any one place might see a range from moderate to peak color right now – but also green leaves and leaf drop (the recent rain and wind didn’t help things). This makes it hard to suggest a particular spot to try, but also that most anywhere will have something.
10/15/17 – Stokes State Forest – Sunrise Mountain to Culver Fire Tower – Moderate color across the northwest but we’re seeing the usual mixed bag: green leaves yet to change, colorful leaves, with a decent amount of leaf drop from the recent warm temps and no rain.
- Rt 287 N from New Brunswick is low but color increases around exit for Great Swamp.
- Rt 80 W – 40-50% color.
- Rt 15 N from Rt 80, Rt 206 N – Moderate color, 50%.
10/13/17 – This weekend and into next week…
All of New Jersey is between low and moderate color with more color happening in the northwest and across the central part of northern Jersey in the Highlands.
Further out… NY: Catskills at peak; Hudson Valley 50-60% color change. PA: Central Poconos at peak likely this weekend, northern Poconos is moving past peak.
Even further out… Adirondacks NY at peak (highest elevations past peak); high color across most of Vermont; peak for the northern half of Maine; high to peak color in eastern West Virginia (some past peak for higher elevations).
10/8/17 – Parvin State Park – Low color, with the understory shrubbery showing more color. The color is brightening up a bit from the muted tones of the leaves that changed first. (Hike it: Parvin State Park).
- Turnpike South from Exit 9, Rt 55 South: Low color
Low color showing across all of New Jersey now, with some areas of more color popping up in the northwest and the Highlands. Best bets are still High Point, Stokes, DWG and the nearby areas into PA/NY, Bearfort Ridge, Norvin Green.
10/1/17 – Stokes S.F. – Low color overall with some small areas of moderate color. The leaves that have changed can be a little muted and there is some leaf drop because of the recent hot dry weather – but it’ still very early in the season. (Hike it: Blue Mountain Loop)
- Rt 287 N from New Brunswick, Rt 80 W – mostly unchanged
- Rt 15 N from Rt 80, Rt 206 N – none to low color
The warm temps halted the color progression some, but with it turning cooler color change should kick back up. Best bet for color is still northwest NJ or the Highlands area.
2016 NJ Fall Foliage Report
11/18/16 – Final Report
This weekend… head to the lower third of the state for peak to past peak color, and there are pops of color hanging around throughout central Jersey – but also expect plenty of leaf drop as the season winds down.
South has the best bet for color with areas at peak to past peak. Fall color is lingering in central longer than normal at this time of year but it’s past peak with decent amounts of leaf drop at this point. Overall, you can probably pops of color in the southern half of the state this week and possibly into next weekend, but that should be about it.
Turkey Swamp Park [Monmouth County] – Past peak and plenty of leaf drop but some trees are full of leaves in vibrant colors still.
Still peak color out there for this weekend. Look to the lower half of the state – some central, and across the southern third of Jersey. Further out… Southeast PA, and Delaware and Maryland are also at peak.
Expect leaf drop mixed in with bright color. It’s not going to last much longer so get out there and enjoy!
We’re getting a little extended bonus this year – still plenty of color across central and southern NJ. Color in the south third likely good thru next weekend.
- Central and southern New Jersey: high to peak color, with varying degrees of leaf drop.
- Northern third is past peak.
- In general, seeing more leafless trees around water; stick to forested trails for the best results.
Manasquan Reservoir [Monmouth County] – Peak color. Less leaf drop on trail sections away from the water, with more drop along the water’s edge.
- Turnpike S from around exit 7 to 3 and Rt 55 S – High to peak color
- Belleplain SF [Cape May County] – High to peak color
This weekend and into next week…
- Peak color can be found across central NJ, and towards the coastal areas.
- High to peak color for the southern third of the state .
- In all areas, expect a mix of color, leaf drop, and even some green.
Just outside of NJ…
- Lower elevation areas of Southern PA (that borders NJ; possibly around French Creek park) at peak.
- Long Island NY should see peak color this weekend.
10/31/16… Expect to find a mix of beautiful fall high to peak color, unchanged green leaves, and trees with leaf drop – all in the same area.
Because of this, color in central Jersey may linger into the first and second week of November in areas that would normally go past peak. South is moderate color. Better chance of color seems to be within forest and away from open areas subject to wind.
- 10/31/16 – Wickecheoke Creek Preserve [Hunterdon County] – Peak color. [Report via Michael H.].
- 10/30/16 – Belleplain State Forest [Cumberland/Cape May County] – Moderate to high color along the water, with about 50% unchanged green [Report via Tracy B.].
- 10/30/16 – Cheesequake State Park [Middlesex County] – High to peak color, not as much green. Leaf drop.
- 10/29/16 – Jockey Hollow at Morristown NP [Morris County] – High to peak color mixed with green and leaf drop. Rt 287 corridor was muted, but once off the highway the color improves.
- 10/28/16 – Merrill Creek Reservoir [Warren County] – was a mixed bag – evenly divided between color, green, and leaf drop. Rt. 78 west from Rt 287 had muted color and leaf drop.
This weekend and into next week…
Rain and chilly weather this week has kicked up the color and caused leaf drop, but color can be found across the state:
- Look for high to peak color spreading central and south this weekend, and possibly the next.
- South Jersey should see color into November.
- Northwest Jersey is past peak and leaves are dropping (High Point/Stokes and Wallkill River area likely past peak color).
Just outside of NJ…
- Southern PA (that borders NJ from around Rt 78 on southwest) should see peak color this weekend.
- North-central PA Poconos region (along the northwest border of NJ) and Harriman/Bear Mountain just over the border into NY are past peak.
The wind and rain on Saturday caused some leaf drop in northwest NJ, and moved some areas past peak. High to peak colors should move down toward central Jersey over the coming week.
Wallkill River NWR [Sussex County] – Color is peak to past peak with some leaf drop.
Parvin State Park [Salem County] – Color is moderate across southern New Jersey and will likely peak the first week or two of November. With less drought conditions, the color may be more pronounced than in the north.
This weekend and into next week…
Color has spread across New Jersey. Peak to high color can be found in northwest New Jersey (High Point, Stokes, Wawayanda, Kittatinny Valley, Paulinskill/Sussex Branch, Norvin, Splitrock Reservoir, Bearfort Ridge). The rest of New Jersey is moderate with some spots of high color.
Nice weather forecast for Sunday. On Saturday, try heading south to avoid rain in the north half of the state (potentials: Rancocas, Black Run, Franklin Parker, Parvins)…
Just outside of NJ… Peak color can be found in North-central PA Poconos region (along the northwest border of NJ). Peak to high color at Harriman/Bear Mountain just over the border into NY, while a little north of that it’s peak to just past peak for Hudson Valley (Shawangunks region).
Further out… the Adirondacks and Catskills in New York are past peak.
Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge [Morris County] – Moderate to high color in the area; with high color at the edge of wet areas. Rt. 287 N corridor from New Brunswick showing moderate to high color.
Chilly overnight temps kicked the foliage into gear across north and into central New Jersey. Moderate to high fall color at Kittatinny Valley State Park [Sussex County] and surrounding areas as well as Rt 206 N from Rt 287. Low color change in the southern third of the state.
Best bets: High Point, Stokes, Wawayanda, Kittatinny Valley, Paulinskill Valley/Sussex Branch biking, Allamuchy, Hacklebarney…
This weekend and into next week…
Look to the northwest section of New Jersey for moderate color change (best bets: High Point, Stokes, possibly to Wawayanda and Norvin). The rest of New Jersey is low color.
Just outside of NJ… High color can be found in North-central PA Poconos region (along the northwest border of NJ) with change of 80-90%. From there across to the Hudson Valley (Shawangunks region) has 80-100% change.
Further out, peak color in the Adirondacks and Catskills in New York.
Tobyhanna State Park, PA – Nice 50-60% color around the lake; less change on the trails. The Poconos area has good opportunities for color this week.
- Rt 206 around Chester – low color; 10%
- Rt 80W from 287 – low color; 10-20%
- Rt 80 into PA, Rt 380 – 20-30%
This weekend and into next week…
Most of New Jersey is low color. Best chance is north-central PA (along the northwest border of NJ) and over into NY in that area for a color change of about 30-40%. Further out, in New York, the Adirondacks area is near or at peak and the Catskills is near peak.
This weekend and into next week…
Most of New Jersey is unchanged to low color. Further out, the best chance for some color is likely in the Adirondacks or perhaps Catskills in NY as well as north-central PA (along the northwest border of NJ) which has a color change of 25-30%.
2015 NJ Fall Foliage Report
Thompson Park / Monmouth County – Nice color still on the trees but significant leaf drop as well. While there is still lingering color in central and south Jersey, NJ has passed peak and the color won’t last much longer than this week.
This weekend and into next week…
Peak color can still be found throughout central and southern New Jersey, but expect a decent amount of leaf drop as areas are moving past peak.
Cheesequake S.P. / Middlesex County – still plenty of color, but moving past peak with lots of leaf drop.
Unseasonably warm 70 degree weather this week is a bonus opportunity to grab color throughout central and southern NJ. North NJ has pretty much moved past peak.
Baldpate Mountain and Mercer County in general – Peak color; with some trees having dropped their leaves.
Look for peak conditions throughout central Jersey this week.
This weekend and into next week…
Look for high to peak color across central, south, and northeast (along Hudson River) – suggestions: Sourlands, Washington Crossing, Cheesequake, Palisades, Parvin.
The northern third of the state is still experiencing peak color, but the northwest corner (High Point, Stokes, DWG and the nearby areas into PA/NY) is moving past peak.
Just outside of NJ… Peak color still found Harriman/Bear Mtn/Sterling SF, and the Hudson Valley NY area. High color found in southeastern PA (area southwest of Philly and east of the NJ border).
Norvin Green S.F. – Wyanokie High Point and Carris Hill: Peak color
Ringwood S.P. – Skylands Manor – Ilgenstein Rock/Erskine Lookout: Peak color, with leaf drop happening
Great fall color for the next couple of weeks – go out and grab it!
This weekend and into next week…
Peak color found in the northwest corner of the state (High Point, Stokes, DWG) and the nearby areas into PA/NY, with some areas in the very NW experiencing leaf drop and past peak color. The rest of the northern third of the state is moderate to high while central/south New Jersey is showing moderate color, 50-60%.
Just outside of NJ… Peak color should be found Harriman/Bear Mtn/Sterling SF, the Hudson Valley NY area, and in north-central PA (Poconos/along the northwest border of NJ).
Northwestern corner of the state is at peak, with some areas moving past peak with leaf drop. High color spreading across northern NJ, with moderate for the rest of the state.
–Stairway to Heaven – Pochuck Valley to Pinwheel Vista: High color
–Stokes S.F. – Tillman Ravine: Peak color, decent amounts of leaf drop in some areas
–Del. Water Gap – Van Campens Glen: High to peak color
From central Jersey north into Sussex and Warren counties:
-Rt 287 New Brunswick – Rt 80: moderate 30-40%, still some green
-Rt 80W from 287 – Moderate 40-50%, rusts with green still
-Rt 15 to Rt 206 through Sussex County: Moderate to high
-Rt 23 to Rt 94 through Sussex County: Moderate to high
This weekend and into next week… High color found in the northwest corner of the state (High Point, Stokes) and the nearby areas into PA/NY. The rest of New Jersey is moderate color, 30-40%, with pops of high color near water.
Just outside of NJ… high to peak color should be found in Sterling SF and Harriman/Bear Mtn, Hudson Valley NY area, and in north-central PA (Poconos/along the northwest border of NJ).
Further out… Peak color in Catskills/Adirondacks in NY, central PA.
From central Jersey north into New York:
-GSP from ~Exit 130 to NY Border – Low, 30%
-New York Thruway to Rt 17 thru Tuxedo – Moderate, 30%-50%
-Harriman State Park – Lemon Squeezer from Elk Pen – Moderate, with some high color around Island Pond and low, wet areas.
From central Jersey south into Cumberland County:
-Turnpike Exit 9 – Exit 3: Low, 20-30%
-Rt. 55 – Deptford thru Millville: Low, 20-30%
-Maurice River Bluffs – Low, but pops of moderate to high color at water’s edge
This weekend and into next week…
Weather changes this week have kicked all of NJ into at least low color, with the northwestern corner of the state showing moderate with some high color. Best options… High Point, Stokes, or anything either side of the Delaware River down to where Rt 80 heads into PA (like Mt. Tammany or Mt. Minsi).
Just outside of NJ… moderate to high color should be found in Hudson Valley NY area or in north-central PA (Poconos/along the northwest border of NJ). Sterling SF, and Harriman/Bear Mtn are also possibilities. Further out… High to peak color found in Catskills/Adirondacks in NY.
Sunrise Mountain – Stokes S.F. [Sussex County]
Still low color in the northwest corner of the state, and low to no change elsewhere. Decent amount of leaf drop at Stokes – the winds this weekend didn’t help. Foliage is running a little behind this year, after a warmer than normal September.
Rt. 287 corridor north from New Brunswick – barely any color.
Rt. 206 corridor thru Chester – low color, mostly yellows.
Rt. 206 corridor thru Andover – low color with pockets of moderate. Mostly yellows but some pops of reds.
This weekend and into next week…
Color is getting a slow start this season, but should be picking up with the cooler temps. Most of New Jersey is unchanged to low color. Best chance for color is likely some low color in northwest NJ (Such as High Point, Stokes SF, along the Kittatinny Mtns).
Further out, the Catskills/Adirondacks in NY has more color, and north-east and north-central PA (along the northwest border of NJ) has a range of 20-40% color.
Bear Mountain S.P. – New York – West Mountain, The Timp, Bald Mountain
Some early foliage here and there, some leaf drop.
Stonetown Circular Trail – Norvin Green/Long Pond Ironworks SP [Passaic County]
A little early foliage, likely from trees stressed by lack of rain.
2014 NJ Fall Foliage Report
––Photos in our NJ Fall Foliage 2014 forum.
Sourland Mountain, Somerset County – some lingering color. While the color this year seemed to get an early start, it seems to be hanging on a bit later than usual around central and southern NJ.
The last color of this season can be found around central and southern New Jersey, and possibly the Palisades.
This weekend and into next week… head to central and southern New Jersey, southeastern PA and possibly Long Island. There is still color out there despite all the leaf drop… but we’re nearing the end of the season so go get it!
Potential areas for color… Baldpate Mountain, Sourlands, Cheesequake, Rancocas, Manasquan Reservoir, Maurice River Bluffs) or south eastern PA’; or further out… head into Delaware or Maryland for some color.
Parvin State Park
Heavy rains and wind has taken a toll even in southern NJ. A considerable amount of leaf drop has dulled the colors but there are still pockets of good color to be found.
Central NJ is moving past peak but still has good color found throughout areas of leaf drop. Color seemed to boost around exit 4.
This weekend and into next week… for high to peak color head to central and southern NJ (i.e Baldpate Mountain, Sourlands, Cheesequake, Rancocas, Manasquan Res, Parvin, Maurice River Bluffs) or south eastern PA.
Past-peak color in northwestern corner of NJ (High Point, Stokes); peak color to moving past in northern NJ (Water Gap, Pyramid Mountain) and Harriman/Bear Mtn) over the border in N.Y.
Norvin Green State Forest – Osio Rock, Torne Mountain, Lake Lerriwein
North NJ, Highlands region; Bloomington, NJ; Passaic County
Nice high to peak color with a smattering of green. Plenty of leaf drop (30-40%) from the winds this week. The color here might hold thru to next weekend but hurry!
This weekend and into next week… Peak to past-peak color in the northwestern corner of NJ (High Point, Stokes); peak color in northern NJ (Water Gap, Pyramid Mountain). Central (Baldpate Mountain, Sourlands, Cheesequake) is high with some areas of peak color. Southern NJ (Rancocas, Wharton) is moderate, while south, south NJ (Cumberland County and south) is low. This week’s rain and wind this weekend may increase the leaf drop across the state.
Over the border… in NY (Harriman/Bear Mtn) and southern eastern PA is at peak.
This weekend and into next week… peaking color in northwestern corner of NJ (High Point, Stokes); high color in northern NJ (Water Gap, Pyramid Mountain). Central is seeing moderate color (Baldpate Mountain, Sourlands), while southern NJ is low to moderate (Parvin S.P.) Over the border in NY Harriman/Bear Mtn) is high to peak color.
This weekend and into next week…. high or peaking color in northwestern corner of NJ (High Point, Stokes); moderate-high color in northern NJ (Water Gap, Pyramid Mountain). Low-moderate color the rest of the state.
Over the border… in NY (Harriman/Bear Mtn) likely starting to hit peak color; look for high color in central-east PA (Mt. Minsi)
Further out… Higher sections of the Adirondacks and Catskills are past peak with lower areas at peak; Northeastern PA is at peak.
High Point State Park, Sussex County – High color (70-80%) found within the park. This coming weekend likely to see peak color. [report via NJ HIKING]
Rt. 287 Corridor from New Brunswick to Rt 80: Low, 10% or less
Rt 206 through Chester to Rt. 80: Low, 10% with areas of moderate color
Rt. 206 through Newton: Moderate, 50-60%
Rt 15 – Moderate 40-60% with spots of high color
Look for moderate-high color in the higher elevations of north and northwest New Jersey this coming weekend. Over the border in NY (Hariman/Bear Mtn) likely seeing moderate color. Further out… NY’s Adirondacks & Catskills at peak and near-peak this weekend; and NE PA should be high color.
Fall color seems to running a bit ahead of schedule this year. Good color can already be found in higher elevations in north NJ (Highlands and NE edge of NJ), as well as over the borders into NY/PA. Further north into NY (Catskills, Adirondacks) and PA (NE of the NJ border), the conditions are closer to peak or at peak.
9/20/14 – 9/21/14
Bear Creek Preserve, Poconos, PA
Some nice color starting in the Poconos. Delaware Water Gap is still pretty green, just a little bit of color here and there all along I-80. [report via Gone Hikin’]
Cheesequake State Park, Matawan
We didn’t expect any color in central Jersey, but encountered some slight coloring appearing at water’s edge. [report via NJ HIKING]
Wildcat Ridge – Four Birds Trail / Splitrock Reservoir
Unexpected amounts of leaf drop and yellow leaves along Four Birds trail, and some slight color around the edge of Splitrock Reservoir. But not much of any change from the Hawk Watch. [report via NJ HIKING]
Minnewaska State Park, NY
More color than I expected to see in the Gunks; along High Peter’s Kill Trail. [report via Gone Hikin’]
Just starting to notice a hint of color in some trees in the Ramapos. [report via Brian S.]
2013 NJ Fall Foliage Report
––Photos in our NJ Fall Foliage 2013 forum.
Current (11/12): Color is at peak color this week for some central areas still as well as southern NJ, but the foliage season in Jersey will likely be wrapping up this weekend.
Palisades Interstate Park – Spectacular color! Lots of leaf drop but that is as colorful as the trees. [report via Gone Hikin’]
Cheesequake State Park – Peak color, with 70% leaf drop
Rt. 18 thru Matawan – Peak color [report via NJ HIKING]
Stokes State Forest – Along the Blue Mountain and Silver Mine Trails, still some small patches of color. [report via Brom V.]
Round Valley Reservoir – Peak color, with 50-60% leaf drop
In general, color is at peak across central NJ and into southeastern PA [report via NJ HIKING]
Southern NJ/Millville area – still mostly green but now with pops of color. [reports via Tracy B.]
Ramapo Mountain State Forest – Peak color to past peak; 70% leaf drop
Rt 287 N, Morristown area to exit 57 – Mix of moderate to high color, 50% leaf drop [report via NJ HIKING]
The Pinnacle and the Pulpit – The Appalachian Trail in Hamburg, PA – High to Peak color, with 30% leaf drop
Rt 78 W, from Rt 287 to Round Valley area – Moderate to high color, 20% leaf drop
Rt 78 W, from Round Valley area to Hamburg, PA – High to peak color, 30% leaf drop [report via NJ HIKING]
High Point State Park – Peak to past peak, 50% leaf drop.
Rt 23 on the way to High Point – Mostly past peak.
Rt. 206 through Chester – moderate to high color, 20% leaf drop.
Rt 287 on the way to Chester – moderate, still a decent amount of green. [reports via NJ HIKING]
Swartswood State Park – Show’s over. About 90% leaf drop. [report via Gone Hikin’]
Central NJ, Rt 18 and Rt 520 into Red Bank – moderate to high color appearing [report via NJ HIKING]
Hammonton near Batsto – low color, starting to turn
Southern NJ/Millville area – low color [reports via Tracy B.]
Van Campen’s Glen – Not much color, lots of leaves down. [reports via Brom V.]
Black Rock Forest, NY – There is some great color in Black Rock Forest right now, the nicest I have seen this year. Lots of bright yellow, peach and orange. There are still sections of mostly green trees here and there but also a lot of leaf drop. I would say color change is about 60 – 70%. [report via Gone Hikin’]
Norvin Green State Forest – Color varied a bit through the area but on average I’d call it Medium since there was still a decent amount of green left on some trees. Starting from Weis ecology center and looped around via Otter hole. [report via Eric B.]
Sterling Forest, NY – High color, with leaf drop that seemed more than normal (likely due to recent rains). [report via NJ HIKING]
Rt. 17 in Mahwah; Garden State Parkway Paramus area – Moderate color change, still large sections of green. [report via NJ HIKING]
High Point State Park – Found the foliage to be somewhat disappointing. I think a lot of the color was lost in the rain and wind storm on Monday, 10/7. There was a lot of leaf drop and most of the remaining color was brown/drab yellow. There were still some spots of color, just not as much as expected. [report via Gone Hikin’]
Sussex County / Kittatinny Ridge / Little Swartswood Lake – Low towards Moderate Colors. Not peak yet, but leaves coming down & nice photogenic colors definitely happening. [report via T.J. K.]
Norvin Green State Forest – Lake Sonoma and Manaticut Point
Moderate color change, still some green, and decent amount of leaf drop. [report via NJ HIKING]
Route 287 corridor from Rt 78 to Wanaque – low to moderate color change. [report via NJ HIKING]
Harriman State Park, NY along I 87
Starting to look colorful. Low to moderate color.
Catskill Park, NY – Balsam Mountain and Belleayre Mountain
It’s just starting to peak in Catskills. Still lots of green in the forest with color in the canopy. [reports via Gone Hikin’]
10/1/13 – NJH Road Trip report:
Maine: Acadia National Park … Low.
Maine: 95 South … low to moderate
Massachusetts/Cape Cod … none to low
Connecticut/New York: Rt. 95 corridor … none to low
New Jersey: Parkway from NY border to Central NJ … none to low
09/29/13 – Long Pond Ironworks State Park – Monksville Reservoir
Low – moderate color change. [report via Gone Hikin’]
09/28/13 – Round Valley Reservoir
Low color. [report via T.J. K.]
09/25/13 – Sussex County
The maples are starting to turn. [report via Paul]
9/8/13 – Cheesequake State Park
Slight pops of mild color. [report via NJ HIKING]
9/7/13 – Boonton area
Some color change starting already. [report via Bob S.]
9/6/13 – Sterling Forest State Park, NY – Wildcat Mountain
In just a few places, some leaves starting to change on a tree here and there. [report via Gone Hikin’]
2012 NJ Fall Foliage Report Archive
––Photos and reports posted in our Fall Foliage in New Jersey – 2012 forum.
10/29/12 – Hurricane Sandy will likely put an abrupt end to the foliage season in New Jersey and the surrounding areas.
Hacklebarney State Park – Peak to past-peak color, with significant leaf drop.
Route 287 and 206 corridor from New Brunswick to Chester – also at peak to past-peak. [Reports via NJ HIKING]
Henry Hudson Trail South (Aberdeen to Marlboro) – Peak color, lots of leaf drop. [Report via Daniela W.]
Jenny Jump S.P. is great right now. Great deals on cabin overnights. Allamuchy = nice foliage, streamside pink sumac. [Report via Dan L.]
Terrace Pond, Wawayanda S.P: High to peak color on the trails, with a good amount of leaf cover on the trail itself. Peak to past-peak color from the viewpoint and at the pond area.
Route 287 corridor from New Brunswick to West Milford: High color
Maurice River Bluffs/Southern New Jersey: It seems that the rain on Friday really pushed the color changing along and things seemed a lot more colorful this weekend then they had been. MaysLanding/Ocean City area seemed a lot further ahead in terms of changing color.
Turnpike from exit 8A – 6: High color, 50-60% changed; from 6 – 3: Moderate – high, 40-50% color change. [Reports via NJ HIKING]
Delaware Water Gap – Mt. Tammany: Anything out I-80 was peak and stunning today (Allamuchy, Jenny Jump). Mt. Tammany is past peak and there is a lot of leaf drop but Dunnfield Creek still has some green. Views from Mt. Tammany are at peak. [Report via Daniela W.]
Sussex Branch Trail in Allamuchy Mtn State Park: Beautiful lake reflections and mountains that look like lollipop flavors. [Report via Dan L.]
Sunrise Mountain, Stokes State Forest: High color to approaching peak, though there is still a good amount of green. As in recent years, the color isn’t turning all at once for a somewhat mixed result at viewpoints. On the trails, a moderate amount of leaf drop. [Report via NJ HIKING]
Route 287 and 206 corridor from New Brunswick to Stokes:
- Route 287 in New Brunswick to Route 206: low color change, 20-30%.
- Route 206 through the Chester area, mixed green with 30-40% change.
- Route 206 through Andover, moderate, 40%
- Route 206 near Lake Owassa and approaching the park: 40-50%
Catskills, NY Platte Clove to Overlook Mountain – Peaking now, or past peak depending on the elevation. Harriman/ Sterling was becoming colorful driving by up I-87 [Report via Daniela W.]
Watchung Reservation: Color was minimal with many early, dried-out leaves falling. These leaves were ‘golden’, but only so because of leaf scortch due to lack of adequate rains this summer. [Report via Linda F.]
Route 1/295/55, and Route 54 in Buena to 206 to Bordentown: Slight blush of low, mild color. [Report via NJ HIKING]
Stokes State Forest: The AT in Stokes is still mostly green. Just a few touches of color looking west from the peaks. A few more days and the colors will start to come out. [Report via Paul]
Sourland Mountain Preserve – color change has begun. [Report via Linda F.]
Cushetunk Mountain Nature Preserve and Round Valley Reservoir: Some color on the north side of Cushetunk Mountain in the preserve, with color starting on the other side of the mountain around Round Valley Reservoir. [Report via Daniela W.]
Wildcat Ridge WMA and the Hawkwatch in Morris County; Rt 287 corridor from New Brunswick to Rt 80: Low color change with mostly green, some pops of vibrant yellow and red. Some leaf drop along the trails. [Report via NJ HIKING]
Lehigh Gap Nature Center in Palmerton, Pa.: Smattering of color, llittle punches of deep ruby and a splotch of burnt orange-tinged leaves here and there dotting nearby hillsides. [Report via Linda F.]
2011 NJ Fall Foliage Report Archive
––Photos and reports posted in our Fall Foliage in New Jersey – 2011 forum.
11/13/11 – New Jersey is past peak but there are trees with color still, mostly from central to southern NJ.
11/6/11 – Green Lane Park, Montgomery County, PA. – 50% peak, 50% past/leaf drop. Most of the color was found in the woods on the trails, while areas in the open like along water or the roads were past peak or dropped entirely.
New Jersey Turnpike south and southeastern PA along the PA Turnpike still had nice color. The color faded and leaves dropped the further west we traveled along the PA pike.
10/30/11 – High color can still be found in central and southern NJ. North is mostly past peak, with some peak areas. Plus, the storm knocked a lot of leaves down early in all areas.
Bearfort Ridge: Surprise Lake, State Line Trail/Ernest Walter, AT North into NY – Peak color to just past peak; mostly nice yellows/golds but also some leaf drop/bare trees.
Stokes State Forest – It was a mixed bag. Where the Appalachian Trail runs along the ridge (Culvers Gap to Brink Road) between 90 – 100% leaf drop, then the lone, random, just-starting-to-turn tree. At lower elevations like Shay Road, Dimon Road, Stoll Trail, just past peak. Lots of leaf drop but also many leaves still hanging on but not for long. [Report via Gone Hikin’]
Wildcat Ridge WMA, Four Birds Trail southern section. Leaves at or post peak, lots of leaves down already. [Report via TJ K.]
Audubon trails in Sparta near the Ogdensburg line – Foliage was beautiful, but clearly just at or slightly past peak. [report via Ted D.]
Poconos, PA – Peak, if not slightly past peak foliage. [report via Jennifer P.]
French Creek & Ridley Creek in PA. Not quite peak, but enough contrast to provide some beautiful color. Lots of yellows/golds. [report via Linda F.]
Buttermilk Falls and Mahlon Dickerson Reservation: moderate to high color [report via Ted D.]
Norvin Green – Hewitt Butler Trail South to Osio Rock Loop. Low to Moderate Color. [report via TJ K.]
Jenny Jump State Park – Moderate color with mostly yellow and rust orange, still somewhat muted. Still a lot of green, but also a decent amount of leaf drop. Improving color on routes 287N, RT 206N and 80W on the way to the Gap area.
Ramapo Valley County Reservation area. Decent color at around 50% changed.
Catskills, NY – Great color, peaking. [both reports via Gone Hikin’]
Mt. Minsi, Delaware Water Gap, PA side. Low to moderate color, with a lot of green still. Rt. 80, and Rt. 206 through Chester low color, a lot of green but also trees with leaf drop. Colors generally muted and not vibrant.
Wawayanda State Park – low to moderate color. [via photo from GetOutsideNJ]
2010 NJ Fall Foliage Report Archive
––Photos and reports posted in our Fall Foliage in New Jersey – 2010 forum.
11/14/10 – Harriman State Park, NY. Still some fading color, decent
amount of leaf drop. Some color along the Parkway heading north.
11/6/10 – Southern New Jersey still has peak color, with about 30% leaf drop. (Turnpike south from 8A down, into Cumberland County -Vineland/Millville)
11/5/10 – Apshawa Preserve, West Milford: pops of color but mostly fading, 70% leaf drop. Along the 287 corridor: mostly fading oranges and reds, 60-70% leaf drop.
10/31/10 – Cooper Mill/Black River in Chester Twp: brilliant peak color mixed with about 60% leaf drop.
10/24/10 – Most of New Jersey is now at peak or almost peak color.
10/23/10 – Delaware Water Gap, Mt. Tammany, Sunfish Pond: high to peak color mixed with some leaf drop and green leaves. Rt. 206 corridor through Chester has some nice high to peak color, but also bare trees in areas. Peak color is appearing throughout southern Jersey as well (reported from Cumberland County).
10/17/10 – Delaware Water Gap, Mt. Tammany: Mix of moderate to high color change viewing the mountains, but also still some just turning or still green; mainly yellows inside the trails but also some leaf drop due to the wind on Saturday.
10/16/10 – Moderate color in central Jersey at Cheesequake State Park, Matawan.
10/13/10 – Some low color change spotted in the Apshawa Preserve, West Milford. In southern Jersey, some color pops spotted in the Edwin B. Forsythe NWR.
10/10/10 – Low to moderate color change at Ramapo Mountain State Forest, and along route 287 from New Brunswick north to the park.
In NY, Minnewaska has high color, and should be at peak next weekend.
10/08/10 – Cheesequake State Park, Matawan. Some pops of color amid mostly