By Tom Williams, Fall Foliage Leaf Spotter for PoconoOutdoors.com
The fall foliage hasn’t lost its lore but colors are on the downturn in the Poconos. For the adventure seeker the way to see the transition of past peak color to full bloom comes along the Lehigh Gorge Trail in reverse! If you want to see just how the mountains affect the fall foliage colors you can start in Glen Summit, PA at the Black Diamond Trailhead which has some good foliage left to see but mostly past peak. Watch as you make your way to Jim Thorpe how the colors change and become more vivid. With cooler temperatures and higher winds at the Black Diamond trailhead, there is a more than a 50% leaf drop en route to White Haven, PA. Going through the Mud Run Gorge, as you make your way down past Rockport and beyond the spectacular colors still maintain dominance and leaf drop is only around 35-40%. A bike ride down this world-famous rail trail would be the easiest way to see it in its entirety.
Overall Poconos Region: Recent breezy weather and rain caused many birch and red maple leaves to fall, but there is still some great color. Hickories and sugar maples are showing their yellows and are also adding a warm orange color to the landscape. Witch hazels are contributing bright yellow, while blueberry and huckleberry bushes are adding shades of red. Scarlet and white oaks have changed over to their last bits of color. A hike at Mauch Chunk Lake in Jim Thorpe, PA or the game lands on Broad Mountain near Weatherly, PA would be a great place to see the last bursts of color.
For a more detailed report go to the www.PoconoOutdoors.com home page, where you can read all the 2020 Poconos Fall Foliage Reports and the unique fall foliage outdoor adventures to be enjoyed. Enjoy, Enjoy the great Pocono Outdoors!
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