Fall in Delaware is a time when the beauty of nature seems to shine new ways. In and around the lush wooded hills of Northern Delaware, nature seems to stand in sharper relief as crimson and gold leaves stand against the crystal blue skies. Farther south along the breezy stretches of coast, the days edge slowly away from summer’s warm embrace, and slip into a gentler, softer sort of beauty.
It’s a time of gloriously crisp weather, and an ideal chance to savor those mild, lazy days of fall that serve as reminders that winter’s not far off. It’s also a perfect time for day-trippers and weekend travelers to hop in their cars and explore some of the state’s best autumn drives.The latest forecast says Delaware’s fall foliage will be partially turned in mid-October, and will reach its peak at the end of the month, continuing briefly through the first days of November.
-- In Delaware, fall sightseers traditionally flock to the wooded country roads that trace their way through “Chateau Country” in the northern part of the state, home to such year-round attractions as Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library, Hagley Museum and Library and Nemours Mansion and Gardens, where Delaware’s fall foliage enjoys a regal setting.
-- There’s even a chance to get up-close-and-personal with fall’s natural beauty at the Mount Cuba Center, a horticultural center in scenic northwestern Delaware that features a variety of autumn programs, including a photography stroll and native plant walks.
-- Enjoy the sparkling beauty of leaves reflected on water at such secluded natural settings as Trap Pond State Park (featuring a 5-mile Boundary Trail that skirts the 90-acre pond); or Killens Pond State Park (featuring a nature center and regular hayrides).
-- Hop in your car and choose from our easy-to-navigate scenic byways of Delaware, ranging from the rustic farmlands, wooded areas and historic towns of the Western Sussex Byway; to the bayside views and charming shops and restaurants of the Lewes Byway; to the Colonial-era back-roads of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway. On the Rt. 9 Coastal Heritage Scenic Byway, travelers enjoy scenic stretches of farmland, wildlife and wetlands as they wend their way through historic towns.
-- Many of the state’s top viewing sites can be enjoyed by simply following the outposts on the Delaware Geocaching Trail, a step-by-step trip of discovery that embraces museums, parks and historic sites from one end of Delaware to the other.
-- While enjoying the sights and sounds of fall foliage, visitors can sip their way along the Delaware Beer, Wine and Spirits Trail, with stops at the scenic Nassau Valley Vineyard or Harvest Ridge Winery, or explore fall’s natural beauty up close on the Delaware Outdoor Trail.