Now that it is officially fall, there is one thing in Connecticut that always screams fall — fall foliage. After all, one of the perks of living in New England is getting the chance to watch the leaves turn from green to orange, red, and yellow.

And, if you love foliage, this year you are in luck. According to an article on CT Visit entitled Connecticut Fall Foliage Report, foresters predict that “Connecticut will have a magnificent foliage season this year with vibrant colors.” The article says that this is because we had one of the wettest Augusts in recent memory. Summer rains, according to the article, help “ensure healthy forest conditions as we enter fall and as hardwood trees prepare for a long winter nap.”

Furthermore, the article went onto say that Connecticut’s foliage season typically “runs longer compared to the northern New England states.” So, if you’re looking to get that perfect shot of the trees, you have some time.

The article says that leaves will change in the northern parts of the state first. Additionally, the article says that a little known fact is that the Connecticut River, starting at the mouth of Long Island Sound (between Old Saybrook and Old Lyme) going up toward East Haddam will hold foliage the longest. Their foliage will last into the first week of November.

So, if you’re looking for foliage, here’s when the predicted¬†peak foliage timeframes are:

  • Connecticut Northwest/Northeast Corners: October 9 – 15
  • Connecticut Eastern and Western Mid-State Counties: October 16 – 23
  • Shoreline and lower Connecticut River Valley: October 31 – November 6

So, where are some great places to check out foliage? CTVisit says that Mystic Seaport’s harbor and Gilette Castle are some great places to check out. Furthermore, you can also check out East Rock in New Haven, which offers a great view of New Haven all of the way to Long Island sound.

In any case, be sure to take advantage of all of the foliage Connecticut has to offer. After all, it only comes once a year.

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