#FOX23Foliage: Tracking Oklahoma’s fall foliage

TULSA, Okla. — Quick Facts:

  • We're keeping track of fall foliage in Oklahoma this season.
  • We’re also looking at photos from FOX23 viewers and will share them with everyone.
  • Share your fall photos with us using #FOX23Foliage on social media or email them to phototeam@fox23.com

The Fall foliage in Oklahoma is delayed, but speeding up quickly. Bright reds have been seen across the area, but there’s still a lot of green in Tulsa. Color is still fairly patchy across most of the area. Don’t mistake dry brown leaves for colorful foliage.

Peak color has been reached across higher elevation spots like the Talimena Scenic Byway and the mountains and hills closer to Arkansas. Any of the state parks in far eastern Oklahoma would be great to visit this week. Check out Natural Falls SP, Greenleaf SP, Beavers Bend SP.

The flash drought situation that developed through September put stress on the trees causing some to drop leaves. Thankfully, a few rounds of rain have replenished the groundwater to some extent. That was enough to keep the trees green into October. The warmer than average weather delayed the colors changing. Peak this year is a few weeks later than normal.

Current look at the drought:

Certified Meteorologist Laura Mock looked at foliage predictions for this year:

Want to see some of the pictures that FOX23 viewers captured of the fall foliage around Green Country? Check it out below!