LAKES REGION Update for Thursday, October 24, 2013:
Percentage peak: Past peak.
What are you seeing? Foliage in the Lakes region has headed past peak, although there is still a bit of color out there. The hillsides are decorated with drifts of brown and gold leaves and there are still some patches of yellow. Ferns have darkened and tall grasses dominate wetlands. The good news for hikers is that bugs are gone, visibility is good and there has not been so much rain so the trails are still firm. By the time this weekend is over, there probably will not be any color remaining in the northern Lakes region near Plymouth, although for now a few poplars and birches are still visible here and there in the low lying areas. The last standby, the mighty oaks, may hold out for a few more days with a bit of rich red.
Where can we see it? Roads throughout the region show solid patches of yellow and green still, although most of the colorful reds and oranges from earlier in the season are long gone. For a drive that will be scenic year round, try traveling from the town docks in Meredith east onto Route 25 to Center Harbor and Moultonborough. Then head south on Route 109, a windy route that offers frequent glimpses of Lake Winnipesaukee as it takes you through Wolfeboro.
This will be our final foliage report for the 2013 season- we hope you've enjoyed reading! Be sure to check back in early September 2014 for next year's reports.