This summer, like the one before it, hasn’t been an easy one for everybody. Whether it was the continued effects of the pandemic, wildfires, or any of the other challenges faced in the last few months, it’s no surprise that many are turning hopefully ahead to the fall season, and welcoming the changes it will bring.
But when will that change come? For many, it isn’t fall unless the leaves are changing color and a slight chill creeps into the morning and evening air.
If we’re using that as our measuring stick, then smokymountains.com has the perfect tool to help you find when fall is coming to your state!
The site has released its annual Fall Foliage Prediction Map, which tracks when the leaves will begin to change color across the US.
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You can access the interactive map here, which tracks changes from olive green (no change) to a deep brown-red (past peak) starting August 30th and ending November 15th.
Parts of the Midwest and Northeast are already seeing patchy change, though it won’t fully engulf the country until around late September.
“While no tool can be 100% accurate, this tool is meant to help travelers better time their trips to have the best opportunity of catching peak color each year,” the site notes.
While travelers and photographers looking for the perfect moment will definitely get use out of this map, it’s also an interesting look at the way the season spreads at a different pace throughout the US, lending each region its own character and charm.
The site also has a fascinating breakdown of the science behind the color change, and why when the green drains from a leaf, we’re left with a beautiful display of red, brown, yellow, or orange.
Lastly, they include links to some fun fall-themed activities to really get you in the mood, with coloring pages and tasty autumn recipes. Check them out here!Whizzco