Poconos Fall Foliage Report 2019 – #3 – October 2, 2019, White Haven, Poconos, PA – Gather your friends and head to the Poconos this weekend! The fall foliage season is beginning it’s peak right now in the Northern and Central Tier, the air is fresh with the smell of fallen leaves during this amazing time of year. Nothing signals the advent of autumn in Pennsylvania like the changing color of the state’s landscape, when entire forests transform into glittering displays of reds, yellows and purples. That time is now! Enjoy, Enjoy the great outdoors of the NEPA Poconos!
Poconos Fall Foliage Report – Northern Tier: The Northern Hardwood forests are coming into full color. The Oaks should be in close to full color this week and will hail the end of the color for the northern tier. While you are out mountain biking, make sure you look out for the bright orange of the Red Oaks and dark red of the White Oaks. The Wyoming Valley and Lower Wayne county area should be in peak color by the end of the week and into next weekend so check out the rail trail biking with a bike rental from Pocono Bike Rental! The Pinchot and Delaware State forests. Susquehanna and northern Wayne counties are displaying the best color in the state, currently. Red maple, sumac, and blueberry are red; while service berries are showing reddish-orange. Birches and aspens are adding yellow throughout the forest. Suggested places to go to view foliage in the region include the Equinunk Tract (River Road, Wayne County), Brownell and Rushbrook Tracts (Lackawanna County), and Abington Tract (Lackawanna County).
Poconos Fall Foliage Report – Central Region: All of the trees in the region should be at their peak fall foliage color next week and into the early part of the 3rd week of October. The Oak trees have just started to show their colors in the last few days. They are displaying a wonderful array of pigmentation. From russet orange to deep bronze, and auburn reds to a crimson hue. Suggested places to go to view foliage in the region include the Lehigh Gorge Bike Trail and Hickory Run State Park Disc Golf Course (Carbon County).
Southern Poconos: Autumn’s coloration isn’t any where near its glory. The reds of the Red Maple and Virginia Creeper, the deep maroons of Black Gum, oranges of Sassafras, and the brilliant yellows of Black Birch and Cherry provide striking displays along the roadways and across the landscape but it just simply isn’t time yet. Most of the landscape is covered with Red, Black, Scarlet, Chestnut, and White Oaks which are just beginning to reveal their autumn colors. Over the next week or so, the Red and Scarlet Oaks will turn red, Black Oaks will show a russet brown along with Chestnut Oaks, and the White Oak leaves will turn to a purplish red color that is one of the favored colors of autumn. The mountains around Jim Thorpe and the forests in Hickory Run State Park provide excellent opportunities to see, to explore and to enjoy nature at its finest! The projected date for peak fall foliage color in Jim Thorpe is October 15th – 25th, 2019.
VIP Pricing currently listed on our Fall Foliage Bike Tours page on our website is valid until October 15th.
The Pocono Mountains Fall Foliage 2019 season, otherwise known as Autumn, is the time of year when we have one last chance to use the great outdoors for a little more summer like fun before winter sets in so check out the Jim Thorpe Fall Foliage Festival doing it in it’s truest form. The Poconos is but a 2 hour drive from both New York City and Philadelphia and most points in New Jersey are within that drive time as well.
Music on FIVE Stages – From live music to delicious food and artisan crafters, there’s so much to be excited about for this year’s Festival. Enjoy our third annual Scarecrow Contest and shop in over 50 unique boutiques and galleries. With over 45 different live performances throughout the festival, you can be sure to find plenty of entertainment to please your musical palette. Genres include everything from bluegrass to oldies to acoustic rock and everything in between.
The Jim Thorpe Bike Rentals and VIP Shuttle Services originate from the Glen Onoko VIP Bike Shuttle Pickup Location. We offer a more convenient, less traffic and no parking fee VIP Pickup Spot at the Glen Onoko Access Point of the Lehigh Gorge State Park. It’s just across the concrete bridge on the other side on the left about a half a mile. Our Brand New, State of the Art, VIP Bike Shuttle Vehicles are equipped with 9 air bags, satellite radio, cell phone charging stations, shoulder/lap belts and the latest safety standards.
You can now park with ease, not have to deal with the traffic nightmares of downtown Jim Thorpe, save on the ever increasing parking fees ($10-$15) at the overcrowded (and sometimes full) Carbon County Visitor’s Center Parking Lot and get up the trail safer, faster and in better comfort. Our VIP Jim Thorpe Bike Rentals and Bike Shuttle Service Locations are easy to find and safe to park at. Departure times are at 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM. Call us now at: 570-899-0400 for pricing and availability then come book online here on the VIP page to save money!
The Poconos Fall Foliage Report announces; Fall Foliage Free Rides!
Pocono Bike Rental and Peterson Ski and Cycle are proud to announce: The 2019 Fall Foliage Free Rides starting October 1, 2019 and running every Tuesday at 5pm until November 5th, 2019. We meet at Peterson Ski and Cycle for a fun FREE mountain bike ride for about 3 hours! Since we are in our ski season training mode these rides are for experienced riders! Every week we will pick a different picturesque spot within 30 minutes of Peterson Ski and Cycle. We may gather afterwards for Taco Tuesday’s at Murphy’s Loft, Four Fellas, or some Pizza at Antonio’s or maybe even the Hangout!
PLEASE ARRIVE 10-15 minutes EARLY! A medically trained guide will accompany each ride. Please be in good physical condition and let the guide(s) know any medical conditions that may be an issue. Please bring headlamps and/or bike lights (front and back) so we can be safe navigating the roads/trails we will use after dark. We won’t leave you behind but we need you to be well versed in single track riding with moderate climbs, features and downhills being easy to navigate.
Any questions, confirm attendance, running late, please call:
Peterson Ski and Cycle at: 570-646-9223
Pocono Bike Rental and Outdoors at: 570-899-5025
The PA-DCNR and Penn Woods has a great fall foliage interactive map and we use it as well as personal experiences as a resource as we travel throughout the Poconos providing our VIP Bike Rentals and Shuttle Services. We use a combination of resources we would like to cite in making this Poconos Fall Foliage Report for 2019:
- Penn Woods Fall Foliage Interactive Map
- PA-DCNR 2019 Fall Foliage Reports Page
- September 26th – Oct. 2nd 2019 DCNR PA Fall Foliage Report
- Why do Autumn leaves change color?
The PA-DCNR states on their website: “Pennsylvania has a longer and more varied fall foliage season than any other state in the nation — or anywhere in the world.“
“Only a handful of regions of the world support deciduous forests that display this amazing fall autumn color: eastern North America”; the British Isles and parts of northwestern Europe; northeastern China and northern Japan. The forests in other regions of the world are either tropical or dominated by conifers. The Poconos Fall Foliage we feel is the best in the world because of our unique mountainous Pocono Plateau It’s a causeway of migratory birds and wind patterns that carry pollen and seeds and even clones of fauna, lichen and moss species. The types of trees that exist here also exist in other more Northern parts of the east coast exclusively and or the southern states only on mountaintops.
The Lehigh Gorge Bike Trail is the most spectacular rail trail system in the world during the colorful fall season. The Pocono Mountains have over 134 deciduous tree varieties changing color for your viewing pleasure. The orange-red leaves are falling down along the Lehigh River with amazing beauty. Autumn is your last chance to get on the trail before the snow covers it and go biking with us. Fall Foliage bike tours starting at $44.95. Just follow the signs while near the White Haven, Lake Harmony and Hickory Run State Park areas! Stay tuned for more by subscribing to our YouTube channel! Check out our Lehigh Gorge Trail Biking Videos to see exciting Poconos biking footage of the Lehigh Gorge State Park.