“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” — From Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery
What could be more breathtakingly beautiful than autumn in Connecticut? The Constitution State typically enjoys a longer fall foliage season compared to the northern New England states. And this year, state foresters predict Connecticut’s autumn will put on a magnificent show.
According to Christopher Martin of the Division of Forestry, Bureau of Natural Resources, DEEP, “This fall’s foliar display will likely be impacted by current drought conditions, but not necessarily for the bad. Earlier and longer-lasting colors are what we can expect in Connecticut. Dry conditions will cause trees to start their annual fall/winter shut down during September and will be especially noticeable on thin soil ledgy areas. The maples, birches, hickories, and yellow poplar will lead the color parade with oaks and beeches waiting later to October. In a normal or wetter year, the trees tend to change color together; however, this year, with the stresses brought on by drought, individual tree characteristics will be more prominent and longer-lasting. September precipitation and overnight cooler temperatures will determine the outcome.”
Keep tabs on current foliage conditions on the State of Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) interactive fall foliage report map.
While the ongoing coronavirus situation has put a damper on some autumn events, many fun, family-friendly outdoor activities offer safe options for enjoying the bounty of fall across the great state of Connecticut.
Wojtusik Nursery Halloween Happenings — 750 Terryville Ave. Rt. 6, Bristol
Saturdays & Sundays 10 am-4 pm – Each weekend in October. Enjoy a Cow train ride, the not-so- haunted house, pumpkin patch, and funny photo op displays. NO Halloween Harvest Festival due to COVID-19 but enjoy the property all decked out for fall and Halloween. Large selection of mums, cornstalks, hay bales, and pumpkins of all sizes. The Christmas Shop will be open, beverages, and snacks available. Masks and social distancing are required.
The crisp autumn air makes for perfect hiking surrounded by the spectacular colors of fall.
- Devil’s Hopyard State Park in East Haddam, known for bird watching and the 60-foot Chapman Falls and the cave Devil’s Oven.
- Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden, climb the observation tower at 739-foot Mt. Carmel’s summit.
- Kent Falls State Park, Litchfield Hills, offers a series of waterfalls cascading 250 feet in a quarter of a mile.
- Catch the views from Heublein Tower atop Talcott Mountain in Simsbury.
The Pumpkin Patch
What would fall be without the bright splashes of pumpkin-orange, the fun of carving jack-o-lanterns, and the delicious aroma of pumpkin desserts baking in the oven!
- The perfect pumpkin awaits at Lyman Orchards in Middlefield
- Wave to some Jack-O-Lanterns from your car in Pumpkintown, USA—it’s drive-thru style this year!
- Ride a vintage trolley to the pumpkins during the annual Pumpkin Patch at the Connecticut Trolley Museum in East Windsor.
Get out and enjoy all Connecticut has to offer this fall.
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