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When is Maryland’s fall foliage peak?

Maryland’s fall foliage season is quickly approaching as temperatures drop and experts who track seasonal change have begun predicting when the trees will reach peak autumn color.

According to the 2020 Fall Foliage Prediction Map, produced by smokymountains.com, expect the state to reach its peak the week of Oct. 26. Travelers can expect to view picturesque landscapes filled with vibrant reds, orange and yellow in late October.

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The Farmers' Almanac predicts the best viewing season to last from Oct. 12 to 28 along the inland parts of the state and between Oct. 19 and Nov. 4 near the coasts.

Paul Walker, a senior meteorologist at AccuWeather, anticipates more intense colors will be visible along the eastern side of the state.

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“The weather has been dry in some areas in the western portion of Maryland, but in the eastern part of the state, there has been plenty of moisture in the air and it looks like it’ll be good year for fall foliage,” Walker said.

The Maryland Office of Tourism, however, suggests the best spots to see brilliantly colored trees, while hiking, biking and sightseeing, include C&O Canal National Historic Park, Elk Neck State Park, Patapsco Valley State Park and Oregon Ridge Park.

Fall foliage is determined by a region’s temperature, sunlight, precipitation and soil moisture. The annual fall foliage map, featured on smokymountains.com is created based off an algorithm and meteorology data that changes from year to year.

According to the map’s site experts, improvements and sources are often made to improve predictability. But “predictions can often change, because they aren’t based on an exact science," Walker adds.

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