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Peak Leaf Peeping Continues Locally

October 31st, 2021 by WCBC Radio

Map of Maryland showing peak fall foliage in western Maryland

Halloween week is here and this year’s fall foliage has been full of tricks and treats. We’re seeing a wide range of conditions based on location, elevation, and tree types. The wild weather has been throwing things off kilter too, making it difficult to predict what will happen next. Regardless, with the uptick in wind and rain, it looks like things will be wrapping up within a few weeks. As in past weeks, you’ll find varying conditions within individual regions. A thirty-minute drive in one direction or another can make a difference. 


“October gave a party; The leaves by hundreds came, The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples, And leaves of every name. The Sunshine spread a carpet, And everything was grand, Miss Weather led the dancing, Professor Wind the band.”

– George Cooper

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

Savage River State Forest

We are on the back side of the peak color change here at Savage River State Forest. The oaks, which are the last to turn, are now showing various shades of yellow, orange, and red. Recent wind and wet weather has brought down many leaves, especially on the ridge tops. There are still some good colors to take in along the lower elevations and sheltered hollows. Photos are from Fairview and Dry Run roads. Sean Nolan – Forest Manager, Savage River State Forest

Fall trees on a windy road Fall trees on a windy road

Washington County, Maryland

Fort Frederick State Park

Fort Frederick Picnic Area October 27, 2021

Fort Frederick picnic area, October 28, 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.

Fort Frederick view from the fort Red Maple leaves Fall tree line

Cool and windy week here at Fort Frederick and it finally feels like fall! Trees in ruby red, warm gold, and crisp green decorate the treeline. Bob Study – Fort Frederick State Park Complex