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DNR Says We Are At Peak Colors

October 24th, 2021 by WCBC Radio

Map showing peak color in the west and foliage just turning to the east

It’s mid-October here in Maryland and we have something to offer every fall foliage enthusiast. Crossing our state from west to east, you will experience it all — glorious autumn jewel tones decorating the skyline in the west —breathtaking sunrises and local critters basking in the last warm days of fall in the east. We cover it all this week, and we’ve received some of the best photos yet from our park managers, forestry staff, and loyal readers to beautifully illustrate this magical time of year.

Join us as we follow the transition each week with reports from our experts at our state forests and parks. This year for the first time, we welcome all of Maryland’s outdoor enthusiasts to send in photos capturing the beauty of the fall season. Please use the submission form to submit your entries directly to us. Your photo might be selected to appear in a future edition of the Fall Foliage Report!

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Garrett County, Maryland

Sunrise over Monroe Run Valley


Sunrise over Monroe Run

The best times for viewing the most vibrant foliage are during sunrise and sunset, when the angle of the sun seemingly warms the leaves, revealing opulent shades of amber, ruby, and gold. Melissa Nash – Forester/Garrett Project Manager, Forest Service

Washington County, Maryland

Fort Frederick State Park

Fort Frederick State Park picnic area October 21, 2021

Fort Frederick picnic area, October 21, 2021
Check back each week, we’ll be posting an updated photo of this spot
so you can see the leaves changing week to week.

Fall trees at Plantation Trail Head

Plantation Trail Head

Fallen leaves in Potomac River

Potomac River

Cooler nights have delivered new color changes to the forest landscape at Fort Frederick State Park from the banks of the Potomac River to the Tree Plantation Trail. The tree canopy above the 78th meridian is revealing brilliant pops of crimson, delighting picnic-goers.  Bob Study – Fort Frederick State Park Complex