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Peak New England Fall Foliage

Picture of a Stream and Fall FoliagePeak fall foliage in New England varies from year to year depending on many weather factors. A late spring or severe summer drought can delay peak foliage season. Drought and a warm fall can also diminish the intensity of peak foliage. Typically the best conditions for optimum peak foliage are a warm wet spring, followed by a seasonable summer, and a warm fall with cool but not freezing nights.

Peak foliage in New England moves from Northern New England and the highest elevations in the mountains to Southern New England, happening the latest in the coastal regions of Southern New England – which can often extend into early November.

“Typical” peak foliage times for the six New England states are as follows.

Typical Northern New England Peak Foliage

Northern New England kicks off the annual fall spectacular. Early signs of color change happen in early September, and it is not at all uncommon to see a few changing leaves in late August.

Week Maine New Hampshire Vermont
1st Week of September
2nd Week of September
3rd Week of September
4th Week of September Peak in Northern Maine Peak in Northern New Hampshire Peak in the Northeast Kingdom
1st Week of October Peak in Central Maine Peak in Central & Western New Hampshire Connecticut River Basin & Central Vermont
2nd Week of October Peak in Coastal Southern Maine Peak in the Lakes Region Western Vermont / Lake Champlain Basin
3rd Week of October Peak in Southern & Coastal Maine Peak in Southern & Coastal New Hampshire Western Vermont / Lake Champlain Basin

Typical Southern New England Peak Foliage

Southern New England peak foliage follows Northern New England by several weeks. Often times the best time for fall foliage viewing in Southern New England is around Columbus Day weekend, but in the coastal regions peak can extend into November.

Week Connecticut Massachusetts Rhode Island
1st Week of September
2nd Week of September
3rd Week of September
4th week of September
1st Week of October Berkshires & Central MA
2nd Week of October Northern Connecticut Berkshires & Central MA Northern Rhode Island
3rd Week of October Central Connecticut Boston, North Shore & South Shore Central Rhode Island
4th Week of October Central Connecticut Cape Cod & the Islands Southern / Coastal Rhode Island
1st Week of November Southern / Coastal Connecticut
2nd Week of November Southern / Coastal Connecticut
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