Where is the color? Check the report weekly to get an idea of where the best color viewing is in the state.
Report for the weekend of October 22.
Looking at the forests
of Virginia’s mountain areas, you might say that fall arrived all at once this
week. Highland County and areas of
southwest Virginia above 3000 feet are close to their peak colors. Depending on the area, you might see flaming
reds, blazing oranges, golden yellows, and even some surprising pink
tones. Lower areas of the mountains
statewide range from 50-75% of peak. The
shades are fairly subdued in some areas, but the views are still
picturesque. Most of Shenandoah Valley is
below 50% of peak, but expect big changes there in the next week. Many of the oaks statewide are still green, so
look for a second wave of color even as the fieriest shades fade.
In urban landscapes across the Piedmont,
red and sugar maples are flaring yellow, orange and red. Another week should bring an overall golden hue
to central Virginia, highlighted by patches of deeper earth tones. Eastern Virginia’s green is lightening to
yellow, with a few spots of deep red and orange in exposed and low-lying areas.
As the October colors kindle, so too can wildfires. For information about the fall wildfire season and safe disposal of fallen leaves, please visit www.dof.virginia.gov.
Finally, autumn has arrived in Shenandoah National Park –and she's carrying her own torches to light her way.
This is the moment we've all been waiting for.
How many synonyms are there for astounding? You can drive through Shenandoah on Skyline Drive in any direction you choose –any way is gorgeous –but this reporter drove in both directions yesterday (Thursday, October 20) from early afternoon until dusk, from Low Gap at mile 8 to Browns Gap at mile 83. And the color this reporter saw was: astounding, mind-blowing, stupendous, astonishing, glowing, electrifying, breathtaking, eye-popping, wondrous –or, to keep it simple as Thoreau did: beautiful.
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: 10/24/2016
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