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Autumn in the United States

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« on: November 13, 2011, 12:06:05 am »

Farther west, Arkansas leaf peepers are currently reporting a banner year for vibrant oaks, hickories, and other species across much of the state. Arkansas's official foliage update shows plenty of areas approaching peak colors this week.

The Ozark National Forest in northern Arkansas is at near-peak conditions, while Hot Springs and other central Arkansas spots are still building toward their best color, which is expected soon. In southeastern Arkansas, the season will linger a bit longer, as understory species like sumac and dogwood are turning bright golden colors and are expected peak around the weekend of November 11-13.

(Related: "Road Trip: The Ozarks, Arkansas.")

Go West?

Late leaf peeping opportunities still exist in the western U.S. as well, from California north through the Pacific Northwest. One hot spot right now is the Umatilla National Forest, which stretches through the Blue Mountains of northeast Oregon and southeast Washington.

Forest spokesperson Joanie Bosworth said the colors are arriving just in time to welcome peepers.

"The needles of our western larch or tamarack are turning a bright golden hue, while the huckleberries and ninebarks are creating these clumps of red and orange across the forest." The riverbeds and drainages are also filled with colorful cottonwoods, she added.

(Quiz: Do You Know the U.S. West?)

In the Midwest volunteer leaf-peepers on the Foliage Network suggest there's still last-minute foliage to be seen in western Ohio, southern Michigan, and along the Wisconsin shoreline of Lake Michigan.
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