The million dollar question(s), when and where is a great time and place to visit, well the where is pretty straight forward, anywhere with a lovely stream, landscape with vast scenery of tree lined forest or maybe a pathway through a national state park.
If you are in the North East then Vermont’s sugar maple trees offer a delightful treat when the colors turn bright red and yellow which can be seen in any of the forests from Manchester and upwards. Stratton Pond is also stunning although a bit off the beaten path.
Maine will start to turn around the late September mark and lasts maybe for the longest period I have experienced till mid October and sometimes the last week of October around the coast line surrounding the State Forests and Acadia National Park.
Wisconsin’s Brule River State Forest has some of the states best locations for foliage and maybe the states best season. Whitewater canoeing, kayaking, camping and fishing are all on offer too so spend some time here to unwind as well as taking some fall photography. The fall period here is rather short so get planning.
New Jersey has much to offer for fall, however the Columbia Trail which is an old train track now multi-use path has some amazing locations. Plenty of covered pathways and leading up to Ken Lockwood Gorge on the left a few miles past the bridge. It’s well worth the visit and bike friendly and maybe the best we to get around and see it all.
Lastly the Adirondacks and Catskills in New York with it’s lakes and mountain ranges which offer so many locations for photography, everywhere from Bear Mountain to Kaaterskill Falls and Pigeon Lake Wilderness which offer excellent areas for those trees changing colors. Plus OK Slip Falls and Trail which has a great array of fall photography offerings. I’d also include Woodstock and the overlook too which has some amazing Sunrise and Sunset over a sprawling landscape of trees.