My favorite season is quickly approaching and I am getting excited! I absolutely love fall :) Last year I decided I would plan two trips annually, during September and October, to photograph fall foliage.
Last year I spent five days in southwest Colorado capturing snow capped mountain peaks and amazing aspens! Right now, I am considering New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, North Carolina and possibly Massachusetts for destinations.
While planning my Colorado trip last fall, I came upon a handful of resources that I found extremely helpful for finding locations that were at peak or approaching peak color.
U.S. Forest Service – this website is updated each year and allows you to choose a national forest from the drop down box to see fall related information. The national forests are broken down by state. If the link does not take you to the fall related page for the national forest, it may not be up yet for the year. Usually there is a link on the right had side or in the center of the national forest page for fall news.
About.com – I was able to get a great start on my travel plans while looking at the peak information provided for each state. This page gave me a general overview for the types of colors I would find in different areas of the country.
Department of Natural Resources – the link provided is for Maryland. Most states have a DNR website and post a fall foliage report or hotline once the fall season is upon us. These reports generally have detailed descriptions of locations, colors reported and sometimes directions or mentions of parks that are ideal for viewing the changing colors.
I will begin taking notes for my fall trips next week :) If I happen to come across any new and useful resources, I will be sure to share them!