Pennsylvania is a destination of choice for people who travel to take pictures of the fall foliage which are also known as “leaf peeers”.
The Commonwealth is among the best places in the world to see brilliant fall colors, according to the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).
People across the region can find out where the best colors are through DCNR’S fall foliage maps online.
Ryan Reed is a Natural Resources Program Specialist with DCNR Forestry office. He said social media has contributed to the trend of “leaf peeping,” which is a boon to the state’s economy.
“You have these people celebrating pumpkin spice and all that. As someone who cares deeply about the forest, we certainly want to take full advantage of it, ”said Reed. “People come from all over to come and see our fall foliage. I don’t think you can go anywhere else and see a better show.
He explained why the forests of Pennsylvania have such vibrant fall displays.
“Pennsylvania is right at the crossroads of the southern and northern forests, so we have the best of both worlds here,” Reed said. “We have two very strong dominant forest types. We have northern deciduous and hickory oak forests.
Reed said the leaves in the northern state layer will take on those red, orange and yellow hues first. Residents of Lehigh Valley can expect an explosion of color by mid-October.
“It’s not just the colors,” Reed said, “The process of rotting or rotting leaves produces a sweet odor, so it’s a great time of year to observe the fall foliage.
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