Where is the color? Check the report weekly to get an idea of where the best color viewing is in the state.
Elevation makes a big difference in the timing
of fall color shows. If you don’t see
the view you’re looking for, just drive a little farther on the back roads, and
you’re sure to be rewarded.
The highest mountains of Southwest Virginia and
the Alleghenies are past their peak colors.
this time, evergreens provide a welcome contrast to an overall landscape of rust
and yellow-brown, with deep red oaks still
interspersed. The lower elevations still
sport a dozen shades of yellow, orange, and red.
Across central, northern, and western Virginia,
oaks are putting on their autumn best.
While never as flaming bright as the maples and hickories, oaks enrich
the fall landscape with deep jewel tones.
The change begins with a few branches here and there, then whole trees
are awash with topaz, amber, and garnet.
Most of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Skyline Drive,
and the northern Shenandoah Valley are just past peak this weekend, but
definitely still worth a look. Standout
maples are vibrant with red and orange, amid fading yellows, and deepening red
and rusty oaks.
Descending into the
Piedmont, color changes range from 50% to near peak. The mix of warm shades contrasts nicely with
deep green pines. Farther east, colors
are patchy, but noticeable. The best
show in the East is still a week or two away.
How exquisite is the decay that comes with autumn! Drive through Shenandoah National Park this weekend and thrill to the gorgeous glory of this paradox of seasons that marks an end to summer’s balminess and the beginning of a long winter sleep. Yes, everything will turn taupe and sullen in a few weeks and the woods will nod off under a skin of frost and snow and – soon enough – ice. (It will still be lovely, especially once the clear silver-blues of winter arrive, but that’s another season.)
It’s October, though, and still party time in these mountains. Sleep and rest and the quietude of winter will come along in due time, but this week these woods are loud and obnoxiously glamorous, like ill-behaved but beautiful celebrities wearing feather boas, big hats, silk ties, and lots and lots of costume jewelry. Read the full report.
Escape, just the two of you, to Virginia's fall splendor.
Take the road less traveled. Enjoy photogenic foliage opportunities, great eats, and other hidden treasures.
From the rough and tumble on the mountains to the paved or
sandy shores, there’s no end to the scenic views and adventures Virginia
has to offer.
Last Updated: 10/30/2015
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