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Fall foliage reaches high color in Garrett County

We are approaching prime time for viewing fall foliage in the mountains of Western Maryland, according to a report Monday.

Much of Garrett County has reached a "high" level of foliage color, according to the Foliage Network, with peak color likely not far behind. The network, a group that pulls foliage reports from spotters around the country, considers high color to be when 61-80 percent of leaves have changed color.

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Travel + Leisure magazine named the Garrett town of Oakland as the best place in the country to view changing leaves.

Trees in Allegany and Washington counties have reached "moderate" color, while the rest of Maryland is still seeing mostly green foliage, with only about 11-30 percent of leaves having changed color.

The weather so far this year could indicate a beautiful season for fall foliage: "Ideal foliage is produced by a warm and wet spring, typical summer conditions, and mild, sunny autumn days with cool evenings (which stay above 32° Fahrenheit)," according to the network.

Here is a glimpse of what it looks like at New Germany State Park in Garrett:

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