Finding Fall Foliage: There’s an App for That

By: Tim Studebaker

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LINCOLN, R.I. (WLNE) – Call it a sign of the times: an app to help you find those bright reds, vivid oranges, and golden yellows as fall gets going in southern New England and beyond.

AT&T Spokeswoman Karen Twomey says, “I think fall is a time when people just want to jump in the car and drive, which is great, and I still think that’s a good idea.  But sometimes it’s good to know where you’re going.”

That’s where Yankee Magazine’s “Leaf Peepr” app comes in.

Twomey says, “This is a crowd sourced app.  So right now, there’s not a lot on it because it’s really not turning yet.  But, as it turns more, and people jump on and add their comments then it gets filled up.”

When you download the app, you can see reports and pictures from all around New England and the rest of the country, along with a map rating the foliage in each spot.  And when you do head out, you can contribute by snapping a picture.

Twomey says, “You could say something like ‘Leaves just beginning to turn.  Really pretty here at Lincoln Woods.  Come on by.’ or ‘It’s a little too green.  You should wait for a couple of weeks.”

If leaf peeping isn’t for you, there are other apps to help you plan your fall outdoor activities like running, hiking, biking, and visiting national parks.

Twomey says, “It may seem kind of funny to talk about using technology to get closer to nature, but it really makes sense.  What it is, is this is just replacing those big old paper maps.”

Here are some links if you’d like to check out or download any of the apps:

Yankee Magazine’s “Leaf Peepr”: https://newengland.com/today/seasons/fall/leaf-peepr/

Bike Route Planner Komoot: https://www.komoot.com/

Trail Finder AllTrails: https://www.alltrails.com

National Parks Planning Tool by Chimani: https://www.chimani.com/

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