This Cool Fall Foliage Map Predicts Exactly When the Leaves Will Change in Your State

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Photo credit: Smokymountains.com
Photo credit: Smokymountains.com

Fall is Ree Drummond's favorite time of year—and it's not too hard to figure out why. Between all the pumpkin recipes, fun fall activities, and the surplus of seasonal decor, there are countless reasons this chilly season has won a place in Ree’s heart.

"There's something about this time of year—when the long, hot summer draws to a close and school and work put our days back into a normal rhythm—that I find so calming and nice," she says.

And what’s more comforting than witnessing the fall foliage in all its glory? Watching the leaves begin to make their transformation to brilliant red, yellow, and orange is one more reason why this season is so incredibly special.

But before you head out on a scenic drive for some leaf-peeping, you might want to know when you'll experience peak fall foliage. Luckily, this fall foliage map will help autumn lovers pinpoint exactly when the leaves are expected to change in their area.

Photo credit: SmokyMountains
Photo credit: SmokyMountains

The interactive map, which is updated annually by SmokyMountains.com co-founders David Angotti and Wes Melton, is an easy way to find out when the fall foliage will be at its brightest depending on the state. All you need to do is head to their website and use the date selector at the bottom of the map to experience a visual explanation on how fall will progress across the United States. Pretty cool, right?!

Photo credit: Cappi Thompson - Getty Images
Photo credit: Cappi Thompson - Getty Images

"Similar to any meteorological forecast that is dependent on weather variables, the leaf predictions are not 100% accurate," the website explains. "That being said, after publishing our predictive fall foliage map for nearly a decade, we are confident in our data sources, process, and algorithm."

We don't know about you, but we're already making notes of the best places to watch the leaves change colors!