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From the Virginia Department of Forestry
Report for the weekend of November 11.
Although winter is fast approaching the higher mountains, most areas below 3000 feet are still sporting a subdued autumn color palette, interspersed with the evergreen of pines.
If you want to see the best fall foliage in Virginia this week, plan a trip to the Piedmont or Coastal Plain. Across central and eastern Virginia, all the shades of yellow predominate. Oaks, which have been slow to change this year, still vary from mostly green to fully colored in deep red or rust. Maples, sumacs, and dogwoods are eye-catching in red, and hickories in clear gold. An eastern species to notice now is the sweetgum, with each tree wearing a patchwork coat of yellow, red, orange, purple and green star-shaped leaves.
Please be careful with fire. For information about the fall wildfire season and safe disposal of fallen leaves, please visit www.dof.virginia.gov
Shenandoah National Park
November 3, 2017
The last leaf has not fallen yet in Shenandoah National Park.
But, as befits the name of this season, the leaves in this beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains national park are starting to fall. If you want to catch a glimpse of the autumn colors, now is the time to come.
A snow shower in the Park’s higher elevations last Sunday squelched a little bit of the foliage's autumnal fire, but there is still plenty of color along Skyline Drive. And gazing out toward the Virginia Piedmont to the east and the Shenandoah Valley to the west, you can expect to see plenty of color – the brilliant gold of hickories, polka-dots of crimson and burnt-orange maples. From some overlooks (explore and find your own favorite!), the tops of many-hued trees standing tall in tiers in hollows are like some splendid and terraced Near East city, all jewel-toned domes and carnival-glass minarets...
Last Updated: 11/8/2017