The best fall colors in New Jersey? New foliage maps show the brightest places to visit.

In case you’re wondering how the fall leaves are shaping up in New Jersey as we head into the fourth weekend of October, these maps will give you some insight into the best places to visit.

The latest fall foliage map released by the New Jersey Forest Service shows colors are bright in most areas of peaked Sussex and Warren counties, and colors are popping in parts of the counties as well. of Middlesex and Monmouth.

The maps show that most counties in the Garden State that have not yet reached their color peak are approaching, classified as “near peak”.

The New Jersey Forest Service provides updates weekly throughout the fall season to show the status of fall foliage colors in New Jersey state parks and forests. This map was released on Friday, October 21, 2022, showing peak colors in Sussex and Warren counties as well as parts of Middlesex and Monmouth counties.New Jersey Forest Service

The Forest Service released updated maps every Friday throughout the fall season, showing the state of leaf colors seen on trees in state parks and forests in all parts of New York. Jersey.

Another good source to check before hitting the road for leaf viewing is SmokyMountains.com, which has an interactive fall foliage prediction map for every region of the United States. (see map below) A timeline tab at the bottom of the map can be adjusted for different dates, indicating when fall foliage colors should peak.

Another website, TheFoliageReport.com, also offers maps showing the status of fall foliage color in each region of the United States.

As of Monday, October 17, this website was reporting “moderate to high” leaf color in the northern New Jersey region and “low color” in central and southern New Jersey. The next site update is scheduled for Monday, October 24.

Fall Foliage Colors 2022

This map from TheFoliageReport.com will be updated throughout the fall season to show the state of fall foliage colors in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and other parts of the Northeast region. . This map was released on October 17 and is expected to be updated on October 24.TheFoliageReport.com

Before the fall season, some experts had predicted that this year’s fall foliage season could be duller than usual in New Jersey and other parts of the eastern United States that were experiencing intense summer heat and severe drought conditions.

Despite moderate expectations, residents and park visitors have reported vibrant colors appearing on trees in parts of the Garden State over the past two weeks.

Fall Foliage Colors 2022

Fall foliage colors are getting vibrant in parts of New Jersey. Pictured is a maple tree in Metuchen on Friday October 14, 2022.Collin Gross

Fall Foliage Colors 2022

Fall foliage colors are getting vibrant in parts of New Jersey. Pictured is a maple tree in Metuchen on Friday October 14, 2022.Collin Gross

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Len Melisurgo can be reached at [email protected].

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