The most recent report shows that Pennsylvania’s southern counties are still seeing green, but areas to the north are starting to turn. Can’t wait? Take a trip up to Susquehanna or Wayne Counties, which are already “approaching best color,” according to the map tracking foliage for Sept. 26 to Oct. 2.
Philadelphians will have to wait a little longer. While much depends on the weather, peak foliage could arrive around the third or fourth week of October, said Ryan Reed, a natural resource specialist with the department’s Bureau of Forestry. Last year, warmer temperatures pushed the region’s peak to the beginning of November.
The color changes are triggered by a number of factors, according to the department, including leaf pigment, sunlight, and temperature.
Fear not, fall-lovers — “forests seem less affected by fungus this year and appear poised to deliver a great fall foliage season,” according to to the agency’s report.
“Fall is Pennsylvania’s forte,” said Carrie Fischer Lepore of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. “Wherever you are, opportunities abound to see the vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows dotting the mountains and lining the rivers and roads all across the state.”