Fall Foliage Report for Oct. 23

NORTH EAST — In Cecil County, Ranger Shawna Staup reports: “Elk Neck State Park is starting to show more color. I would say it is about one-third of the way to peak but there is still a lot of green. “

“We are seeing a full palette of fall colors along the Big Elk Creek at Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area,” according to Ranger Diana Marsteller. “Many maples are showing canopies full of red, and the hickories are full of yellow and orange while our small persimmon trees display a lovely russet. Still seeing quite a bit of green in our forest canopy, so peak colors still on their way.”

On the lower Eastern Shore, Park Manager Dana Paterra said, “There are only a handful of sweet gum trees and a few poison ivy vines starting to change color down at Janes Island State Park.”

And the state continues celebrating “Walktober,” the Maryland Department of Natural Resources tells Marylanders to “take an opportunity to view the fall foliage while enjoying Maryland’s official exercise – walking.”

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