Lums Pond State Park

Fall Foliage in Delaware

Fall in Delaware is a time when the beauty of nature seems to shine new ways. By the lush wooded hills of Northern Delaware, you’ll see the stark contrast of crimson and gold leaves 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 beauty.

It’s a time of glorious, crisp weather making it a perfect time of year 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 is in store for a great fall foliage season, thanks to favorable spring and summer weather conditions in the Northeast. Peak fall colors are expected to be on display from late-October to early November.

Here are some of Delaware’s top spots for fall foliage. And remember, they’re also great places to visit any time of year!

Mount Cuba Center Fall

-- Fall sightseers traditionally flock to Delaware's country roads that wind their way through Chateau Country in the northern part of the state, home to such year-round attractions as Winterthur Museum, Garden and LibraryHagley Museum and Library and Nemours Estate, 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 Mt. 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, Killens Pond State Park (featuring a nature center and regular hayrides), or Lums Pond State Park. For bird lovers, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge is perfect for spotting native and migrating birds of all kinds.

Fall Foliage in Delaware

-- Unwind behind the wheel along one of Delaware’s easy-to-navigate scenic byways, which explore the whole state from the rustic farmlands, wooded areas and historic towns of the Nanticoke Heritage 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 Bayshore Byway, travelers enjoy lovely stretches of farmland, wildlife and wetlands as they progress through historic towns.

-- The Delaware Outdoor Trail is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the spectacular visions of fall. The step-by-step trip of discovery 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 through Delaware on Tap. Stops at the Nassau Valley Vineyard or Harvest Ridge Winery are not to be missed at this time of year.