When and Where to View Peak Fall Colors in the Philadelphia Area

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This is the first of two posts about where you can view Fall colors in the greater Philadelphia area.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Pennsylvania has a longer and more varied fall foliage season than any other place in the world. Pennsylvania’s longitude and latitude (between 40 and 42 North), along with its topography and diverse tree species (134 species), contribute to its dazzling and world-class display of Fall foliage. But, as you know, the perfect time to view color changes varies from year to year.

So just when is the best time to go out on that hike or walk to the woods? When will peak fall foliage be in the Philadelphia area? We have the answer and it is backed by real data from the official PA Department of Conservation.

When Will Peak Fall Colors Be On Display

When Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery, and Chester County leaves begin to change (the Light Green Phase), experts predict peak foliage will be approximately 2 to 3 weeks away.

Peak foliage generally occurs in late October, early November. An example of the Fall 2020 PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources fall foliage report change viewed here. The color-coded map shows where leaves are starting to change and where they are already past their peak. View the latest and greatest here.

Where Are The Best Places to View Fall Foliage

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Some of the best places to check out Fall foliage in the Philadelphia area include:

  • Valley Forge Park
  • Wissahickon Park
  • Fairmount Park
  • Morris Arboretum (fee applies)
  • Bartram’s Garden
  • John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge
  • Tyler State Park
  • Washington’s Crossing Park
  • Longwood Gardens (fee applies)

Even just getting to some of these places and returning home again and can a visual treat in the Fall.


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