Fall along the trail

This bicyclist enjoys a ride through fallen leaves on Tuesday. The leaves are just beginning to change, but we have a beautiful season of fall foliage ahead, according to officials.

Pennsylvanians can expect a great fall foliage season this year, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Natural Resources (DCNR). McKean, Elk and Potter Counties specifically should expect the full spectrum of colors within the next two to three weeks.

While most of Pennsylvania is still covered in deep green foliage, early color in black gum, birches, poplars, maples, sumacs, dogwoods and sassafras has been noted by foresters throughout Penn’s Woods.

The onset of fall color may be delayed in areas receiving sufficient rainfall, though speed up in dryer areas due to the above-average temperatures predicted in the 10-day forecast.

In the northwest region, a touch of color is starting to appear in the hillsides. Sumac is beginning to display its brilliant red color, while ash and aspen are adding a sprinkle of warm, yellow to the atmosphere. Red and sugar maples are also beginning to change, adding mixes of red, orange and yellow.

In the north central region, the DCNR reports red and sugar maples in northern Susquehannock State Forest are showing off some early colors, with Route 6 listed as a good place to view early fall foliage.

In addition, forest staff have reported early touches of red, yellow and orange on red and sugar maples at Loyalsock State Park, with a particularly nice view at Sones Pond and along High Knob Road. Few changes have been reported in the oak-dominated forests of Elk and Cameron counties.

Tioga County reports New England asters and goldenrod are creating beautiful roadside color, while staghorn sumac and Virginia creeper are adding hues of red. Recommended sites for viewing fall foliage in the north central region are Lambs lookout and Bradley Wales overlook.

According to the DCNR website, Pennsylvania has a longer and more varied fall foliage season than any other state, let alone anywhere in the world.

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