Connecticut naturalist offers advice for those seeking fall foliage views
News 12 Connecticut paired up with naturalist Mark Fowler from Grace Farms Foundation in New Canaan to show nature seekers how they can view more fall foliage without leaving the state.
Fowler says because Connecticut is renowned for its fall season, you don't have to travel far in the state to get a glimpse of the colorful leaves.
He says Connecticut has one of the longest foliage displays in America
He says the leaves change color when the days have gotten shorter, the light has changed, and the temperature has dropped.
Leaves on the trees are stopping to produce chlorophyll, so because they stopped producing chlorophyll the green color in the leaves is disappearing and brighter colors that already exist in the leaves start to emerge.
Fowler says a park forest is within a 15-minute drive of any Connecticut resident, and it's a tremendous advantage of living in the state.
The state even set up a fall foliage tracker online that shows you when areas of the state will peak.
Peaking begins in the northeast and northwestern corners, and it starts to move its way down, and usually we start to experience peak colors the second weekend of October.
The change continues to move central into the center of the state and then down the Connecticut River Valley where it ends at the shorelines.
He says the best way to view fall leaves is to drive around back roads of the state.
But for those looking to get outside, Fowler says there are biking or hiking trails.
"We've got 3,000 miles of hiking trails in Connecticut and you can really immerse yourself in the fall colors. Whether you're going to the town green or driving down one of our scenic byways or back roads or going for a hike in nature, you can't beat the fall foliage," Fowler says.