Fall Color

Fall Color







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When to See the Color

Fall color begins in September and usually ends by the middle of October. You'll notice trees along roadways turning before trees further in the woods start to change color. Southern portions of the forest will start to turn before the northern portions.

Plan Your Fall Color Excursion

The areas listed below provide some of the best wildflower, tree, grass and fern fall color viewing on the forest.  To get directions to a site select the link and you will go to that sites web page.  

Visit Flickr to see pictures of the Forests during fall color. 


There are many waterfalls on the forest that are beautiful in their own right, adding fall color just makes them more glorious. Visit our waterfall page for a list of waterfalls you can visit during fall color!

Fall Color Hikes


 Want to see more? Pick up a Motor Vehicle Use map and take a scenic drive through the Forest to see the fall color along the lesser traveled roads.  Looking for more scenic fall color views? Visit our Nature Viewing page to find a few more places not listed here!

Why Do Leaves Change Color?

Each year as nights begin to get longer, the trees begin to change from the vibrant green of summer to the warm tones of gold, orange and red. temperature impacts color and intensity, it is only one part of why leaves change. As chlorophyll production stops, the yellow and orange pigments begin to show. Red and purple colors come from sugars trapped in the leaves.

The color of maples leaves differs species by species:

  • Red maple: brilliant scarlet
  • Sugar maple: orange-red
  • Black maple: glowing yellow
  • Striped maple: almost colorless