The U.S. Forest Service and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources are reaffirming what our eyes already are telling us: Fall foliage in and around Erie is at or near its peak color this week.
The DCNR fall foliage report for Oct. 16-23 shows the northwest corner of Pennsylvania at 100 percent peak color.
Fall foliage report for Pennsylvania, Oct. 16-23. Source: DCNR
“In northwest Pennsylvania every hillside and valley offers the colors of fall in full display,” the DCNR reports. “Hickories are warm golden yellow, contrasted with the crimson of blackgum and an orange/yellow mix on sugar maples and dark russet or brown colors in the oak trees. Some of the leaves have fallen and more will fall this week, but there is still a lot of color to enjoy from our woodlands. Pennsylvania is truly fortunate due to the variety of deciduous trees species that produce a full palette of colors over an extended season in woodlots across the Commonwealth.
“Some routes to enjoy fall colors in the northwest include PA Route 8 from Barkeyville at Exit 29 on I-80, north into Erie County. U.S. Route 6 east through Erie and Warren Counties and Route 322 beginning in Crawford County and heading east towards Clarion and along the Allegheny River on Route 62 north of Oil City towards Warren will all make great leaf-peeping journeys.”
The Forest Service’s Fall Colors 2013 map shows the majority of leaves in our region are changing to peak colors. There are great places to view leaves in the Allegheny National Forest, whether on a drive or a walk.
For a recorded and updated fall colors report, call the Forest Service hotline at 1-800-354-4595. Press 9 for the report for Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin.