Fall in Virginia is one of the most beautiful times of year, and traveling throughout the Commonwealth during this season can reveal an abundance of color. Virginia’s expansive woodlands, famously blue-tinged mountains, and rambling scenic byways are the place to be when fall foliage is at its fiery peak.
While is it difficult to predict exactly when we will see peak fall foliage in Virginia, the SmokyMountains.com Fall Foliage Prediction Map below combines an advanced weather algorithm that factors in thousands of data points and scientific factors to come up with the most accurate forecast possible. The forecast is also consistent with the Farmers Almanac, which is projecting peak fall color for Virginia, October 12-28.
Fall Foliage Report for the weekend of October 16
Virginia Department of Forestry
Autumn has truly fallen upon western Virginia this week! Above 3000 feet in Southwest Virginia and the Alleghenies, foliage ranges from 50% changed to near peak coloration. Sugar maple gets much of the credit for bright reds and oranges, but red maple is not far behind. In the Blue Ridge, the percent change is a little lower, but the mixture of green with other colors makes for fantastic viewing.
The Piedmont is well on its way to yellow and gold. Urban landscape trees, including maples, are flushing red and orange from the top down, and in Eastern Virginia, green still rules, but some early fall shades can be seen in swampy areas and on individual trees.
- Nelson County Fall Foliage, Credit: Ellen Powell, Virginia Department of Forestry -
Shenandoah National Park
September 24, 2020 Fall Foliage Update
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Check out the Discover Front Royal Leaf Cam!
Virginia State Parks
Fall is making a grand appearance more and more each day in the western parks. The late-season oaks don’t seem to want to let go of their green yet, but bright reds, oranges and yellows are in full view from many other trees. A lot more leaves are beginning to fall, with the rain helping bring them down. The forest floors are colorful with the falling leaves, but there are still plenty hanging on for viewing. Peak should be coming in the next two weeks or so. Read more.
Natural Bridge State Park - Photo Credit: Jessie Carter, Office Manager at Natural Bridge State Park
Virginia's Blue Ridge
Plan your trip to see the vibrant fall colors and foliage of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains! Seeing the autumn leaves around the Roanoke Valley and along the Blue Ridge Parkway is a favorite annual tradition for locals and visitors to Virginia’s Blue Ridge.
Call our foliage hotline - (800) 424-5683.
Last Updated: 10/15/2020