October 2 2020

This first weekend of October brings the changing of the leaves within a closer drive of the big cities. It does seem as if the leaf peeping season is about 10 to 14 days earlier than last year.  That may be thanks to three days in a row of chilly weather. There was an early frost with lows in the 30s to nearly 40ºF inland between September 20 to 22. We could have one or two more mornings with frost in the same areas this weekend.

If you are planning a short car ride or day trip this weekend, the weather will be nice and quiet. You can actually see some colorful leaves and leaf drop on the trails in the close inland suburbs. But you won’t have to go very far for more to explore.  Here is a collection of resources for Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. This includes maps, a live web cam and links for more.


Fall Foliage Early October

Fall Foliage Report East October 2 2020




Below is the latest gathering of leaf peeping maps and reports for Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virgina, plus an interactive map of leaf forecast nation-wide. I will provide new updates every Friday through the season.


Maryland Leaf Report

From the Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Fall Foliage Maryland October 2


Just Changing:

Some patchy color in a lot of central Maryland has reports with patch color, and a few trees glowing. Your best bet will be inland away from the water, west and north of the beltways.  Here you can expect a lot more color in the next 2 weeks.


Mt. Airy, Frederick, to Frostburg has more color. This enters the mountian region, where the amount of color may be based on sunlight. This can be affected by slope facing direction. South gets more sun, West gets more afternoon sun with warmer temps. North slopes and deep valleys are coldest and tend to change first.

I predict another week to 10 days until substantial color.

Near Peak:

Garrett County. The elevation of 2,000 to 3,000 Ft brings the chilly air here first. This can be a 2 to 3 hour drive from the urban areas, but always worth it.

From what I’ve seen, the peak has another week to go, so the map may be deceiving.



Deep Creek Web Cam – From Railey Realty

Here’s a look at a live web came from Railey on Deep Creek Lake. The water holds heat longer, so there may be more color in other parts of the county.

This web cam is located at The Greene Turtle Deep Creek Lake. It will pivot to show Wisp Resort, including a zoomed-in view of Squirrel Cage, The Face, the terrain park, Boulder, the mountain coaster, the tubing park and a shot of McHenry Cove at Deep Creek Lake!



Pennsylvania Leaf Report

From the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry

Fall Foliage Pennsylvania October 2

Starting to Change:

If you are familiar with the map locations, southen PA Counties that border with central Maryland are shown here with little color. This matches the Maryland may, but has a different color scale. One or two chilly mornins with areas of frost this weekend can accelerate the change.

Approaching Best Color:

A drive along the front ridge of the Appalachians on I-81 and inland will get you into more color.

Best Color:

The Poconos, Mid State around State College,  and Northern Tier border with New York.



Virginia Leaf Report

Virginia Department of Forestry

A current report is not available for the state. We do have this forecast map for the expected peak color during October.

Fall Foliage Virginia




West Virginia Leaf Report

Division of Forestry

Once again we do not have a current map, but there are a few resources.


Fall Foliage West Virginia October 2

Also see:  This Leaf Map will highlight locations with recent photos.




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