Connecticut's Fall Foliage
Sleeping Giant State Park (Photo Courtesy of Friends of Sleeping Giant State Park)
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Foliage season begins in mid-to-late September and extends through mid-to-late October. Peak color is estimated to be between October 5 and November 13. However, depending on the weather in the coming weeks, the peak date may be adjusted a few days earlier or later as the season progresses. Beginning in mid September, state foresters report the levels of color spread from across the state. These reports are updated as information becomes available.
Current Foliage Report | Where to View Fall Foliage in Connecticut
As a savvy foliage fan, it is important to know why we get such splendid colors in the fall. What most people don't know is that the leaves on the trees already possess these spectacular colors but they are hidden. Leaves contain a chemical substance called chlorophyll, the substance that gives leaves their inherent green color. As the season begins to turn cold, trees begin to block the flow of water to their leaves. Without water, the chlorophyll breaks down and vibrant colors are revealed in all their splendor.
The Colors of Fall | Why Leaves Change Color
Tips For All Leaf Peepers
- If you are traveling a long distance to Connecticut or you plan on making a weekend out of your trip, make hotel reservations in advance.
- Try to plan your trip during mid-week; you will find that roads are quieter giving you more opportunity to enjoy the views.
- Make an adventure out of your trip, explore the State's back roads. Some of the best sights are off the beaten path.
- Don't worry about missing "peak" color. You will still be able to enjoy a full array of colors that can be found before "peak".
- Make time to explore some areas on foot. Hiking allows you to truly experience the foliage you have come to enjoy.
Current Foliage Report | Where to View Fall Foliage in Connecticut | The Colors of Fall | Why Leaves Change Color
(link to Connecticut Office of Tourism)