The Department of Conservation and Natural Resource’s weekly fall foliage report is correct in that much of northwestern Pennsylvania past peak. But a bit of driving on Sunday revealed at least two areas around Erie that are in fine color: Presque Isle State Park and Erie Cemetery. Take a drive at the former or a walk at either this week, especially considering the weather is expected to be pleasant Tuesday and Wednesday.
From the DCNR report for the northwest corner: “In the Cornplanter State Forest district — all of Erie, Crawford and Warren and northern parts of Venango and Forest counties — snow has not only been ‘in the air’ but put down a coating on northwestern woodlands that temporarily obscured some fall colors. Predictions for this week include a return to normal, seasonable temperatures and some sunny days. Autumn scenery continues to progress, although somewhat more muted than earlier in the season. Many trees have lost their leaves, especially ash and red maple but other species like oak and beech continue to provide the last bit of fall color for the 2013 season. A beech understory is particularly evident as it transitions from green to yellow to copper and tan. Unlike much of the other understory, dried, brown beech leaves will persist on the branches well through the winter.
“Fall farmers markets, pumpkin patches and the last of the fall leaf colors are all waiting for visitors driving through northwest Pennsylvania, but don’t delay the last of the fall colors won’t last long.”