A Guide to Autumn Leaves in the Eastern US

Alabama

  • Peak Times: Early October in the Mountains, Late October - Early November
  • Palette: Yellow Orange Red
  • Best Region(s)
    • Northeastern Mountains
    • Outside of Huntsville
    • Scottsboro
    • Flat Rock

Arkansas

  • Peak Times: Late October - Early November
  • Palette: Yellow Orange Red Purple
  • Best Region(s)
    • The Ozarks

Connecticut

  • Peak Times: Mid-September - Late October
  • Palette: Yellow Orange Red
  • Best Region(s)
    • Entire State

Delaware

  • Peak Times: Second Half of October
  • Palette: Red Orange Yellow
  • Best Region(s)
    • Brandywine Valley

Georgia

  • Peak Times: First Half of November
  • Palette: Yellow Orange
  • Best Region(s)
    • Appalachian Mountains (Northwestern GA)

Illinois

  • Peak Times: Mid-October - Early November
  • Palette: Yellow Red
  • Best Region(s)
    • Galena
    • Shawnee Hills
    • Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway

Indiana

  • Peak Times: Mid-October
  • Palette: Red Orange
  • Best Region(s)
    • Indiana Dunes State Park
    • McCloud Nature Park

Iowa

  • Peak Times: Mid- to Late October
  • Palette: Yellow Red
  • Best Region(s)
    • Yellow River State Forest

Kentucky

  • Peak Times: Late October - Early November
  • Palette: Yellow Red Orange
  • Best Region(s)
    • Daniel Boone National Forest
    • Red River Gorge
    • Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area
    • Mammoth Cave National Park

Maine

  • Peak Times: Late September - Early October in the Mountains, Mid-October in the South and along the Coast
  • Palette: Red Purple Yellow
  • Best Region(s)
    • Entire State, Particularly Mountains in the East and North

Maryland

  • Peak Times: Late October - Early November
  • Palette: Yellow Red
  • Best Region(s)
    • Savage River State Forest
    • Swallow Falls State Park

Massachusetts

  • Peak Times: Throughout October
  • Palette: Orange Yellow
  • Best Region(s)
    • Entire State

Michigan

  • Peak Times: Late September - Late October in the Mitt, Mid- to Late September in the UP
  • Palette: Red Orange
  • Best Region(s)
    • Porcupine Mountains in the UP

Minnesota

  • Peak Times: Mid-September - Early October
  • Palette: Red Orange
  • Best Region(s)
    • Voyageurs National Park
    • Mille Lacs Lake

Mississippi

  • Peak Times: Second Half of October
  • Palette: Red Yellow
  • Best Region(s)
    • Natchez Trace Parkway

New Hampshire

  • Peak Times: Late September - Early October
  • Palette: Yellow Red
  • Best Region(s)
    • White Mountains

New Jersey

  • Peak Times: Mid- to Late October, through November along the Coast
  • Palette: Yellow Red
  • Best Region(s)
    • Skylands

New York

  • Peak Times: Mid-September through Late October
  • Palette: Red Orange Yellow
  • Best Region(s)
    • The Adirondacks
    • Lake Cayahuga

North Carolina

  • Peak Times: Late September - Late October
  • Palette: Red Orange
  • Best Region(s)
    • Great Smokey Mountains National Park
    • Asheville
    • Blue Ridge Parkway

Ohio

  • Peak Times: Second Half of October
  • Palette: Yellow Orange
  • Best Region(s)
    • Cuyahoga National Park
    • Steubenville

Pennsylvania

  • Peak Times: Throughout October
  • Palette: Red Orange Yellow
  • Best Region(s)
    • Allegheny National Forest
    • Pine River Gorge
    • Entire State

Rhode Island

  • Peak Times: Second Half of October
  • Palette: Red Orange
  • Best Region(s)
    • Entire State (it's not that big...)

South Carolina

  • Peak Times: Late October - Early November
  • Palette: Yellow Orange
  • Best Region(s)
    • Table Rock State Park
    • Caesars Head State Park
    • Keowee-Toxaway State Park

Tennessee

  • Peak Times: Last Half of October
  • Palette: Red Yellow
  • Best Region(s)
    • Great Smokey Mountains National Park

Vermont

  • Peak Times: Late September - Mid-October
  • Palette: Orange Red Purple
  • Best Region(s)
    • Green Mountains
    • Lake Champlain
    • Entire State (VT is the state for changing leaves)

Virginia

  • Peak Times: Second Half of October in the Mountains, Late October - Early November further East
  • Palette: Yellow Orange Red Purple
  • Best Region(s)
    • Shenandoah National Park
    • Shenandoah Valley

West Virginia

  • Peak Times: Late September - Late October
  • Palette: Orange Yellow Red
  • Best Region(s)
    • Monongahela National Forest
    • Davis and Blackwater Falls
    • New River Gorge

Autumn in the Eastern United States

Let us clarify, it is not only the Eastern US where you'll find the electricity of changing colors dashing through the tips of tree limbs. The golden swaths of changing Aspens in Colorado and throughout the Rockies, California, and the Pacific Northwest all come correct when dealing in auburns, oranges and yellow foliage in Fall.

However, the wide variety of broadleaf trees and typically more drastic change in temperatures in the East, particularly as you find yourself further North, make for the most striking displays we've seen.

And so without further ado, we hope this app helps you understand when, and specifically where, the leaves will be changing as you travel this beautiful nation.