Fall Foliage - Top Ten Places in the USA


1. Lake Champlain Fall Foliage - Vermont

Instead of hiking or driving thru the fall foliage, how about taking a boat and grabbing a pole to see Lake Champlain's Fall Foliage. Lake Champlain is every water lover's dream come true. The spectacular foliage, gentle breezes and comfortable temperatures make it hard to resist sailing, boating or windsurfing these waters. As deep as 400 feet in some places and home to over 60 species of fish, including bass and salmon, anglers cast their lines year-round into one of North America's greatest fishing locations.  And then there are the historic lighthouses, the uncrowded beaches, the lakeside restaurants, and the historic communities hugging its shoreline. You can't miss with a fall foliage trip in upstate New York.

  

2. Smoky Mountains National Park Fall Foliage - North Carolina and Tennessee

The place place to see North Carolina and Tennessee Fall Foliage is in the Smokies. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a ridge upon ridge of endless forest that straddle the border between North Carolina and Tennessee.  Its one of the largest protected areas in the Eastern United States. World and renowned for the diversity of its plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, and the depth and integrity of its wilderness sanctuary. Each year, the park attracts over nine million visitors.. Once a part of the Cherokee homeland, the Smokies today are a hiker's paradise with over 800 miles of trails. 

   

3. Maroon Bells Fall Foliage - Colorado

When the Aspens start turning, Maroon Bells is the place to be to see Colorado's Fall Foliage.  Maroon Bells  has trails leading over nine passes above 12,000 feet in elevation, delectable hot springs of Conundrum Creek, and shimmering alpine lakes nestled at the feet of jagged peaks. Six of these peaks crest over 14,000 feet. The twin peaks of Maroon Bells are perhaps Colorado's most recognizable scene, and the surrounding wilderness is one of the most popular, both for good reason. When it comes to sheer mountain splendor and fall foliage, few areas compare with the Elk Mountains and Maroon Bells.

 
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The North Cascades Fall Foliage - Washington
Come and experience the intense and rugged beauty of the fall foliage of the North Cascades – jagged peaks, deep valleys, cascading waterfalls and over 700 glaciers. North Cascades National Park Service Complex contains the heart of this mountainous region in three park units which are all managed as one and include North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas. 
    Originally this area was the home to many Native American tribes and a trade gateway between the Plateau tribes to the east and the Coast Salish tribes to the west. Native Americans have been in these mountains for over 8,000 years. More recent settlers came in the nineteenth century to establish homesteads in places like the Stehekin Valley, or to mine elusive minerals – like gold, or to trap furbearing animals such as the beaver, otter, and marten.


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The Mohawk Trail Fall Foliage - Massachuetts

Follow the steps that the original Indians took, and hike or ride the Mohawk Trail. One of the oldest designated tourist and scenic routes in the country, the Mohawk Trail traces its roots to the post glacial age.While the peoples of the northeast had neither the wheel nor the horse, they created many footpath trade and travel routes throughout New England. One of the most heavily traveled - and one of the most famous today - was the path we call the Mohawk Trail. During historic times, the Mohawk Trail evolved with the mode of transportation, advancing from foot travel to the automobile. The early European settlers used the Indian Path to travel between the English settlements of Boston and Deerfield, and the Dutch settlements in New York. The white settlers and traders brought with them the horse and the wheel, which required the widening and slight relocation of the original path.
 

6. Blue Ridge Parkway Fall Foliage - Virginia, North Carolina
The Blue Ridge Parkway is also known as "America's Favorite Drive", and is the most visited unit of America's National Park System. A drive down the Parkway provides stunning, long range vistas and close-up looks at the natural and cultural history of the southern Appalachian mountains. It is designed as a drive-awhile and stop-awhile experience. The 469 mile parkway connects Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks. This scenic drive has an abundance of opportunities for stops at overlooks, picnic and camping facilities, trails,  and natural areas.
 

7. Sheltowee Trace Trail - Kentucky, Tennessee

Watch the fall colors explode on the Sheltowee and retrace the Big Turtle's steps. The word, Sheltowee means Big Turtle and that's the name the Shawnee gave Daniel Boone when they adopted him into their tribe. Centuries after Big Turtle led early settlers through the Cumberland Gap into the Shawnee's sacred hunting ground, John Muir and other explorers followed in his footsteps. Now the Sheltowee Trace retraces the ground broken by these pioneers, along a 268-mile National Recreation Trail.
 

8. The North Woods - Wisconsin

A friend of mine who calls himself "Common Man" calls this "Gods County." When he drives north thru Wisconsin and cross the Fox River, he always annouces, "Now, were are in God's Country".
 

9. Assateague Island - Virginia, Maryland
In the fall, the island's colors include beautiful oranges and reds as foliage turns on the dunes—but don't look too closely, or you'll come home with a case of poison ivy, which is responsible for providing berries for birds, holding the dunes together, and playing a lead role in the fall foliage show. 
    While looking at the leaves, you may spot a few of the more than 300 species of birds, both resident and migratory that live on the island. This area is one of the most important bird refuges in America. You'll see waterfowl, shorebirds, and migratory songbirds. 


10. White Mountains Trail - New Hampshire

After the hot days of summer are gone and before the cold days winter are upon us, close your eyes and try to envision an idyllic place where there is blue sky and waterfalls, long-range colorful mountain views, a dash of history and pinch of excitement, a comfortable bed at the end of the day or a pleasant place to throw your sleeping bag under the stars. Nothing is like seeing fall foliage in New England. Or in other words, come hike and see the White Mountians trail.

 
 
Fall Travel Guides


Western North Carolina
One of the best sources for the western North Carolina mountains is the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau Web site. Beginning in late September, the site posts weekly updates on the changing foliage along with scenic drives for prime fall viewing.
 
North Georgia
Leaf-watchers in North Georgia rely on reports from the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest.

 
Great Smoky Mountains
Get the latest on fall color in the Great Smoky Mountains from Smokies Guide.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park Website has links to webcams that show you  progress of fall color as it sweeps through the Smokies beginning in early October in the higher elevations.


Fall Color Update: Georgia's Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests
Status of fall leaf color in north Georgia, with weekly reports from District ... You can monitor fall foliage by visiting the Fall Color WebCam page.

Byways.org - Georgia - Directions, maps & photos of major scenic fall foliage drives throughout the state including major stops on the Russell-Brasstown National Scenic Byway, Altamaha Historic Scenic Byway, Cohutta-Chattahoochee Scenic Byway, Historic Piedmont, Monticello Crossroads, Valley Scenic Byway, and South Fulton.

North Carolina Prepares for Fall Color
Fall color predictions are not an exact science. But experts like Dr. Robert Bardon, extension forestry specialist with N.C. State University agree, "there really is no bad year for fall color in North Carolina."
 
MaineFoliage.com - Maine's Official Fall Foliage WebsiteOfficial Maine fall foliage information, including weekly reports, a discussion forum, and Kids' Pages.

Vermont Fall Foliage Report
Weekly updates from the Vermont Department of Tourism, regional maps and weather information.

Massachusetts Fall Foliage - A Guide to Fall Foliage
Even if you're not comfortable calling yourself a leaf peeper, you won't want to miss the glorious fall foliage in Massachusetts
 
Virginia Fall Foliage Report
If you are eagerly awaiting the rustling sound of crisp leaves under your feet you have plenty of time to plan a fall getaway to Virginia!

Fall Foliage - Fall in Tennessee
Tennessee in the fall is a brilliant patchwork of red, yellow, rust and orange. More than 400 species of deciduous trees paint the fall scenes.
 
 
Fall Foliage WebCams
Acadia National Park- Maine - View turning leaves on 40,000 acres of Atlantic coast shoreline.
Selway-Bitterroot- Montana - The Selway-Bitterroot real-time digital camera system is installed outside of the Stevensville USFS Ranger Station, Montana.
Glacier National Park- Montana - There are now six outside digital cameras located in Glacier National Park.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Look Rock Cam
Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Purchase Knob Cam - North Carolina - The Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers views via Look Rock Tower and Purchase Knob.
Dolly Sods Wilderness- West Virginia - The Dolly Sods Web camera system was installed in the USFS Bearden Knob air quality monitoring compound in November 2003. The camera views the Canaan Valley and Mt. Port Crayon, 13 miles to the south.
Mt. Washington - New Hampshire - Web cam view of part of the Presidential Range of the White Mountains, the highest mountain in New England.
Brasstown Bald - Georgia - Web cam view from Georgia's highest point near Blairsville.
Mammoth Cave National Park - Kentucky - View of Green River Valley looking north-northwest. The visual range is approximately 15 miles and overlooks a massive upland hardwood forest.
Shining Rock Wilderness, Pisgah National Forest, Near Ashville, North Carolina and the Blue Ridge Parkway - North Carolina - A view of Cold Mountain from the largest wilderness area in North Carolina.
Burlington and Lake Champlain Web Cam
This view of Lake Champlain from Burlington, Vermont, courtesy of CAMNET, shows the changing of the trees as it is updated every 15 minutes.