Leaf Peepers Rejoice – It’s Your Year for Delaware Fall Foliage!
Thanks to a relatively cool and dry summer, forecasters are predicting a spectacular season for fall foliage across Delaware this year, giving day-trippers and weekend travelers a perfect opportunity for a colorful journey enjoying the state’s rolling hills and coastal beauty.
The recently released 2013 Fall Forecast from AccuWeather.com predicts near-normal temperatures and precipitation for the mid-Atlantic region, allowing bright, colorful leaves to develop in the coming weeks and making Delaware’s fall foliage a rare treat.
The upcoming explosion of Delaware’s fall foliage gives travelers an ideal window this year to take in some of the state’s top scenic sights:
-- Autumn 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 Colonia-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 in Delaware, visitors can sip their way along the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail with stops at the scenic Nassau Valley Vineyard or Harvest Ridge Winery, or watch the pumpkins fly at the World Championship Punkin Chunkin.
Throughout the fall, Delaware’s weather is expected to remain ideal. AccuWeather predicts that the transition from summer to fall will be gentle for the entire Northeast, with temperatures averaging above normal for the region.