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Fall foliage reaches high color in Garrett County


We are approaching prime time for viewing fall foliage in the mountains of Western Maryland, according to a report Monday.

Much of Garrett County has reached a “high” level of foliage color, according to the Foliage Network, with peak color likely not far behind. The network, a group that pulls foliage reports from spotters around the country, considers high color to be when 61-80 percent of leaves have changed color.

Travel + Leisure magazine named the Garrett town of Oakland as the best place in the country to view changing leaves.

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Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Announces 2014 Autumn Glory Fall Foliage Tours


The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area, a program of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, is pleased to announce the 2014 Autumn Glory Fall Foliage Tours.

Travel along some of Garrett County’s most scenic routes. Enjoy spectacular fall foliage, panoramic vistas, historical landmarks, museums and stunning natural features. This year, the Chamber is offering two Fall Foliage tours. The Fall Foliage Heritage Tour Highlights include: Friendsville, Friend Family Museum, Youghiogheny Lake, the Cove, Schoolhouse Earth, and Meshack Browning’s grave.  The Extended Tour Fall Foliage Highlights include: Bloomington Viaduct, Savage River, Monroe Run Scenic Overlook, Barn Quilts and Historical Markers and Mountain Maryland Scenic Byway.

“This year’s colors are absolutely spectacular and the driving tours are the perfect way to take in the colors of the fall season and experience Garrett County in all its splendor,” said Nicole Christian, President & CEO of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce. “Be sure to bring your camera – you’ll have plenty of scenic photo opportunities during the tour.”

Stop into the Garrett County Visitors Center from 9 am – 5 pm daily at 15 Visitors Center Drive in McHenry to pick up a copy of the Fall Foliage Driving tour(s) and you’ll receive a complimentary pair of Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area binoculars, while supplies last.

Read More Here:  http://deepcreektimes.com/news.asp 

Fall Foliage Forecast: Exceptional Year in the Offing for Northeast


Leaf-peepers, get set: Experts say the summer season has set the stage for potentially exceptional fall colors in the Northeast, though the weather through mid-October will ultimately determine how stellar of a display will emerge.

The Northeastern states have had a good to excellent growing season without any major disturbances, according to Dr. Michael Day, University of Maine research professor of Physiological Ecology.

“In addition, adequate precipitation and lack of wind disturbances has resulted in trees with an exceptional amount of foliage still attached,” he said.

Slight drought stress in the late summer helped to signal a seasonal change but did not force an early leaf drop.

The upcoming weather will play a critical role.

Read More Here:  http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/fall-foliage-forecast-exceptio/33676385


America's Best Towns for Fall Colors


Oakland took top honors as the best town in America for leaf-peeping, thanks primarily to the blazing colors found just nine miles north of town at Swallow Falls State Park. As the Youghiogheny River flows through rock gorges, the oldest stands of eastern hemlock and white pine—more than 360 years old—blanket the area in gold, orange, and red. For five days in early October, residents turn out for the annual Autumn Glory Festival, including two parades, concerts, and band competitions. Oakland also embraces the Halloween spirit, hosting a hayride along the lakefront that passes scenes of zombies and ghosts.


Read More Here:  http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/americas-best-towns-for-fall-colors/2

Autumn Glory Fall Foliage Tours Begin in Garrett County

MCHENRY, Md. – The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area, a program of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is announcing the 2013 Autumn Glory Fall Foliage Tours.

Officials say the tours include some of Garrett County’s most scenic routes. This year the chamber is offering two fall foliage tours.

Officials say the Fall Foliage Heritage Tour highlights include the Mountain Lake Park, Broadford Lake Park, Kitzmiller, Shallmar and Loch Lynn Heights, Mt. Nebo WMA. The extended tour includes New Germany State Park, Monroe Scenic Overlook, Deep Creek Lake State Park and Discovery Center and Finzel Swamp Nature Preserve.

More here.

Travel's Best Fall Foliage Road Trips 2013

Deep Creek Lake, Maryland

“Head to Deep Creek Lake in Maryland to enjoy gorgeous views by car along 2 fall foliage heritage tours. Motor along Route 219 up to the Deep Creek Lake overlook in McHenry for a look at the lake, ski slopes and breathtaking autumn foliage before heading back to the visitors center as part of a 90-minute driving loop.” — Erin Gifford, Family Travel Expert, Kidventurous.com

More here.