Franklin County getting ready for foliage season

Chamber of Commerce expecting 10-12% increase in tourists

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Fall foliage season is approaching fast! Peak season is just a few weeks away, and despite recent dry conditions, many people are still coming to Franklin County to check out the leaves.

The foliage season starts in September, and runs into October and November, as many trees turn red, orange, yellow, and brown. The lack of rain, however, has made many leaves brittle, and resistant to the color change.

The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce has been tracking foliage reports in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine, where leaves change color first. Here in western Massachusetts, they are still expecting a high number of tourists this year.

“I’ve talked to a couple hotels and bed and breakfasts and they are up 10 percent. A lot of people make their plans six months or a year ahead,” said Ann Hamilton, President of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce.

Hamilton told 22News that she expects an increase of 10 to 12 percent in tourists overall for this season. Many people enjoy coming up during this time of year to hike and explore new areas.

She recommends checking out trails in Shelburne, Historic Deerfield, and up on the Rocky Mountain in Greenfield for great views of the foliage.

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