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  • Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation

    Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation

    Mt. Sugarloaf offers a commanding view of the Connecticut River, the Pioneer Valley, and the Pelham and Berkshire Hills.

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  • Quabbin Reservoir

    Quabbin Reservoir

    The New Salem and Enfield lookouts offer magnificent views of the reservoir.

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  • October Mountain State Forest

    October Mountain State Forest

    The name of "October Mountain" is attributed to writer Herman Melville, whose view from his home in Pittsfield of these hills in fall impressed him so.

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  • Appalachian Rail Trail

    Appalachian Trail

    The Appalachian Trail in Massachusetts provides a broad array of hiking opportunities for both the long-distance or day hiker.

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  • Norwottuck Rail Trail

    Norwottuck Rail Trail

    The Norwottock Rail Trail is an 11 mile path linking Northampton, Hadley, and Amherst along the former Boston & Main Railroad right-of-way.

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  • Maudslay State Park

    Maudslay State Park

    74 Curzon Mill Rd., Newburyport

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  • Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

    Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

    The rail trail offers outstanding views of scenery and abundant wildlife.

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  • Pope John Paul II State Park

    Pope John Paul II Park Reservation

    Open year-round, dawn to dusk.

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Whether you prefer scenic drives to view summit vistas, peaceful walks against colorful foliage backdrops, or bike rides amongst falling leaves, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) offers these suggestions on how you can get the most out of the fall foliage season

MA InstaFoliage


Your up-to-date look at the foliage across Massachusetts and suggested driving routes

USDA Forest Service


For answers to questions about why leaves change color and the variety of colors different trees display