Poconos Fall Foliage Report 2019 – #4 – October 10, 2019, White Haven, Poconos, PA – Round up your friends and family and head to the Jim Thorpe Fall Foliage Festival this weekend! The Poconos fall foliage season is peaked right now in the Northern and Central Tier, the air is crisp, the fallen leaves look amazing on the Lehigh Gorge Bike Trail in Jim Thorpe! Nothing rivals the autumn in Pennsylvania as we have one of the largest color pallets in the world of reds, yellows, oranges and purples. The best time to witness it is now! Enjoy, Enjoy the great outdoors of the NEPA Poconos, and the Jim Thorpe Fall Foliage Festival!
Poconos Fall Foliage Report – Northern Tier: Continued above-average temperatures have slowed the progression of fall foliage across much of the state, but a line of recent, strong storms has given many commonwealth forests a badly needed “drink.” Many dull, brown leaves were stripped off, leaving a yet-to-change green backdrop of unaffected leaves, improving contrast of colors. The shot of rain, loss of brown leaves, and an imminent, major drop in temperatures should catapult much of the state’s northern tier into prime foliage viewing next week. The current foliage condition in northern forest districts is good and improving, with peak peak fall foliage conditions in the northeast. In Pinchot Forest District, northern areas (Susquehanna, Wayne counties) are on the verge of peaking by this weekend and next week will be in peak color. Several rainy, windy days have caused many trees to drop their leaves early, mostly affecting sugar maple. Many red maples and oaks have full color along with other understory plants like fern and winterberry. Leaf change will become more rapid as the nights get colder. Recommended areas for Northeastern Poconos Fall Foliage viewing are Moosic Mountain, Thornhurst, and Elmhurst tracts in Lackawanna County, and the Seven Tubs Recreation Area in Luzerne County.
Poconos Fall Foliage Report – Central Region: All of the trees in the region should be at their peak fall foliage color this weekend and next. While central counties are showing marked changes, in Lackawanna, Wyoming, southern Wayne, and northern Luzerne counties; most red, sugar, and silver maples are in full color. Birch and aspen are also starting to change. Most of the woody understory plants have started to change including high and low bush blueberry and huckleberry.
Southern Poconos: Foresters in William Penn State Forest district report a “big jump” since last report. Color changes are mostly limited to the understory, with birch and tulip poplar turning yellow. Dry soil conditions seem to be pushing an earlier foliage change. Jim Thorpe and south are seeing noticeable changes in poplars, maples, dogwoods, sumacs, and cherries. 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 and aren’t peaked yet. Most of the landscape is covered with Red, Black, Scarlet, Chestnut, and White Oaks which are showcasing their autumn colors. Over the few days, 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, some of our 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 along the Jim Thorpe Bike Trails 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 Jim Thorpe Bike Shuttle Services originate from the Glen Onoko VIP Jim Thorpe 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 Jim Thorpe 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 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.“
The PA-DCNR and Penn Woods has a great fall foliage interactive map! 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 2019:
- Penn Woods Fall Foliage Interactive Map
- PA-DCNR 2019 Fall Foliage Reports Page
- September 26 – Oct. 2, 2019 DCNR PA Fall Foliage Report #1
- October 3 – October 9, 2019 DCNR PA Fall Foliage Report #2
- Why do Autumn leaves change color?
“Only a handful of regions of the world support deciduous forests that display this amazing fall autumn color and one is 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.