Connecticut Fall Foliage Report Last Updated 9/19

Connecticut’s brilliant fall foliage season is right around the corner! The State of Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) interactive fall foliage report map is now available. It forecasts the progression of color across our corner of New England. According to current estimates, peak foliage will arrive in the northeast and northwest corners of the state around Columbus Day and extend to the lower Connecticut River Valley and shoreline through early November.

Magnificent foliage season predicted for Connecticut

State foresters predict Connecticut will have a magnificent foliage season this year with vibrant colors. Better yet, Connecticut’s foliage season typically runs longer compared to northern New England states, offering travelers even more opportunities to see and experience the autumn beauty.

According to Christopher Martin, Director/State Forester, Division of Forestry, Bureau of Natural Resources, DEEP, “Sporadic sufficient spring and summer rains have maintained moist soil conditions ideal for annual tree growth and health.  Aside from localized mortality from gypsy moth defoliation, the stage is set for Connecticut’s trees to provide a vivid display of traditional fall colors.  From bright yellow tulip poplars and hickory to deep red maples and purple ash, fall foliage seekers will find Connecticut offers some the most diverse trees species in all of North America as we are ideally located in the Appalachian and northern hardwood tree species transition zone.  We now need the latter half of September to provide cool overnight temperatures to assure our peak colors will arrive on time, mid-October through early November.”

Peak foliage timeframes

The leaves will change in the northern parts of the state first, around Columbus Day, and then move down into the valleys and down toward the shore. Here are estimated peak foliage timeframes for each section:

  • Connecticut Northwest/Northeast Corners: October 7 – 13
  • Connecticut Eastern and Western Mid-State Counties: October 14 - 20
  • Shoreline and lower Connecticut River Valley: October 31 - November 6

A little known fact is that the Connecticut River, starting at the mouth of Long Island Sound (between Old Saybrook and Old Lyme) and going up toward East Haddam, will hold the foliage the longest – into the first week or so of November.

The diverse range of destinations and attractions across the state provide hundreds of interesting and unique vantages from which to view the gorgeous foliage. From Mystic Seaport’s harbor to a farm in the quiet countryside, from the top of Gillette Castle to the middle of a classic Connecticut corn maze, fall in Connecticut is not to be missed.

Links to additional resources

For those planning visits to Connecticut for the foliage season, a good additional resource is DEEP’s Connecticut’s Fall Foliage pages: