New Jersey Fall Foliage Reports, maps and resources to help plan fall foliage hikes and scenic drives.
Check out the New Jersey and the Northeast Foliage Resources below, our recommendations for the Best Fall Foliage Hikes in New Jersey, plus our Fall Foliage Report Archive. Also check out the book Best Easy Day Hikes New Jersey for a nice selection of easy day hikes.
*Average New Jersey peak fall color is October 19 through 29*
While there are average times for color change, it really depends on several variables like temperature and rainfall. Trees at higher elevations turn color before ones at lower elevations. Leaves change first along the water like lakes, ponds, and rivers.
Leaves usually change color starting from Maine and working their way south. The foliage could be past peak in North Jersey and still barely changed in South Jersey… use the info here to get in as much color as you can, it doesn’t last long!
For foliage reports for the rest of United States, check out our U.S Fall Foliage Reports page.
NJ Fall Foliage Report
*Starts in late September*
|Sources for tracking fall color in New Jersey and the surrounding area|
|The Foliage Network – Northeast Reports, updated weekly|
|WeatherBug – Autumn Foliage Update|
|U.S Forest Service – Eastern Region Reports|
|NorthEast Foliage Network – Web cams, links, weather, past seasons|
|Fall Foliage Prediction Map – Interactive U.S. map, slide date for color prediction|
|NJ Division of Parks and Forestry Facebook – Posts updates during the season.|
|NJ Division of Parks and Forestry – Map showing usual times for change across NJ|
|The Weather Channel – Average peak times|
|New England Today – Detailed map of the Northeast (move map to see NJ)|
|Colorful Fall Species Chart – Identify the yellows, reds, and oranges of Autumn in NJ.|
|Touring New Jersey’s Fall Foliage – Suggested routes to explore NJ in the fall.|
|1-800-VISIT-NJ – Fall Foliage/Events|
|New York / Pennsylvania|
|New York State Fall Foliage – Foliage report and map for New York State|
|Pocono Mountains, PA – Foliage maps and reports for the Poconos, plus webcams.|
|Pennsylvania – Regional info, drives, things to do and Weekly Fall Foliage Report|
|Pennsylvania – Weekly Fall Foliage Map and Reports – current color map|
|Fall in Pennsylvania – Driving tours and average peak times|
|For the rest of United States, check out our Fall Foliage Reports page.|
2017 NJ Fall Foliage Report
Final Report – this week thru weekend of 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.
Further out… NY: Bear Mountain SP and Hudson Valley are moderate to near peak; Catskills and Adirondacks at peak but higher elevations are past. PA: Peak color in the central Poconos (Big Pocono SP or Tobyhanna are potentials), while northern Poconos is past peak; High to peak color across most of New England (some past peak for higher elevations). High to peak color in western Maryland and Eastern West Virginia (highest elevations past peek).
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.
- 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. Further out, find good color in NY in the Catskills and Adirondacks, as well as the northeast Poconos in PA. Even further out… for anyone looking for an impromptu road trip, the higher elevations in eastern West Virginia are at peak.