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Most oaks hold their green color well into fall, then turn some shade of red, although the colors are not as bright as those of maples. Many areas of the Shenandoah Valley and Piedmont have passed peak and their full transition should be complete by mid-November, with some species of oaks lagging a little bit. The Coastal Plain is transitioning away from green and expected to peak in mid-November. Fall color can be found on the Peninsula.
This will be our last report for the 2013 Fall foliage season.
Fall fire season is in effect from October 15th to November 30th, so remember to be careful with outdoor fire. When burning leaves, the Virginia Department of Forestry recommends burning small piles, have water on hand and a cell phone nearby to dial 911 if it gets out of control.
To learn about scenic driving tours, visit our Website at www.dof.virginia.gov, and check out our
blog, at fallcolorva.blogspot.com.
There’s still plenty of color to be seen if you visit Shenandoah any time in the next few days. Sure, you’re not going to find yourself standing under maples and oaks glowing with the blazing hues of early fall – fiery gold, Day-Glo orange, Atomic Fireball red. But when you gaze out from peaks like Compton, Hawksbill, Turk Mountain, or from overlooks along Skyline Drive like Range View, South River, or Trayfoot Mountain, you’re still going to see lots of color. Read the full report.
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