Fall Foliage Report

    Sharp Top photo @sdeanphotos October 19, 2015 .............................                 Blue Ridge Parkway photo @jtm71 Joshua Moore October 13, 2015Apple Orchard Mountain photo lucas.allen ............................. Mount Rogers Recreation Area photo @jeffgreenoughShenandoah National Park, November 7, 2014   ............................. Sugar Hollow Reservoir Photo By Eileen DeCamp Nov. 3, 2014Delaplane Vineyards photo by @bullrunmountainman Oct. 26, 2014Shenandoah National Park October 17, 2014   ............................. Shenandoah National Park October 3, 2014   .............................

    Where is the color?

    Check the report weekly to get an idea of where the best color viewing is in the state.

    From the Virginia Department of Forestry 

    November 4, 2015

    Fall colors are fading fast in the mountains of Virginia, with almost all areas past peak and many leaves turning brown and dropping.  Lower elevations and those sheltered from wind still provide pockets of color.  The Shenandoah Valley and eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge resemble a rich patchwork quilt of earth tones.   This week, the Piedmont is positively aglow, so it's a good time to check out the rolling hills.  Most of central Virginia is at or close to peak color, with gold to orange tones predominating.  Oaks, which turn yellow to deep red or rust, still vary from mostly green to fully colored.  In the Coastal Plain, the colors are more muted golds and yellows, but they are still lovely.  Bright red sumacs, deep red dogwoods, and the occasional flaming maple provide an especially pretty contrast along Piedmont and Coastal Plain forest edges.  Take note of   eastern Virginia’s trademark sweetgums, with their interesting palette of orange, red, purple, and gold, all on a single tree. 

    Shenandoah National Park Report 

    October 30, 2015

    "And myriad leaves, on which the Summer wrote
    Her blushing farewell, at my feet were strown." —Albert Laighton, “In the Woods”

    But take heart: not all of the autumn leaves in Shenandoah National Park will be at your feet this weekend. Some of them are still on the trees, especially in the lower elevations of the southern half of the Park. The fall color is past its pinnacle, but there are still some heart-stopping displays from the overlooks and summits, as you gaze out onto the lower hills and hollows. Not to cause a panic, of course, but: hurry. It’s called fall for a reason – it could have been called “rush” – and though there’s still quite a bit of color to be seen in this Blue Ridge national park, you need to pounce on it before it’s all gone.  Read the full report.


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