The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has just released their latest Pennsylvania Fall Foliage 2021 Map, and it shows that if you want to see the state’s best foliage this year, you still have a little time to plan your trip.
For the week of September 30 through October 6, the map shows that many parts of western Pennsylvania are just starting to change their colors, which mean that peak Fall colors are about two weeks away.
More northern counties like Potter and McKean are currently approaching their best colors, but counties closer to Pittsburgh, including Allegheny, Butler, Armstrong and Clarion County, which encompasses the super-popular state park Cook’s Forest, still have two to three weeks to reach their peak colors.
According to the PA DCNR, “the recent cooldown and colder nights observed statewide have spurred noticeable changes in the northern tier. The ten-day forecast indicates seasonable to below-average temperatures, which should compel steady changes throughout the commonwealth.”
They continue that abundant rainfall throughout the growing season has primed Pennsylvania forests for a “fantastic fall foliage season. Expect a vibrant, beautiful show!”
Pennsylvania’s DCNR has lots of resources available if you want to plan a road trip or a hiking excursion, including an interactive map that shows prime locations for viewing PA fall foliage from various spots around the state, and a number of guides on their ‘Good Natured’ blog, including staff recommendations for new trails to hike, backpacking tips, and lesser-known hiking trails in Pennsylvania.
And if you’d rather do some driving, the DCNR also maps out two “leaf-peeping” road trips, including a 125-mile Northern Loop trip, and a 70-mile Southern Loop trip, which cover the Laurel Highlands.
If you want to keep an eye on the updated Fall Foliage Maps, follow the DCNR on Facebook for their latest news.