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 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.
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.
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