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From the Virginia Department of Forestry
Report for the weekend of October 20.
By this time, you may be wondering if the green forest will ever change! But if you look closely, you’ll notice that the green is beginning to fade, allowing the underlying yellow leaf pigments to show. This change happens in response to shortening days, regardless of the weather.
In parts of southwest Virginia above 3000 feet in elevation, about 30% of the trees have changed color. You will find some isolated spots of red, orange, and yellow, but the best reds are still to come, following the cooler days forecast for next week.
Individual trees planted in urban and suburban landscapes often color earlier than those in the forest. Notably in central Virginia, lots of dogwoods are blushing deep red.
Please be careful with fire. For information about the fall wildfire season and safe disposal of fallen leaves, please visit www.dof.virginia.gov
See more photos from our Welcome Center Staff from around the state.
View from Birch Knob, Dickenson County, October 12, 2018. Photo: Dickenson County Tourism
Shenandoah National Park
October 12, 2018 Fall Color Report
A few flashes of color out there; the maple at Meadow Spring Parking seems to be the star of the show! Temperatures plummeted last night and are forecast to stay cool, so we are hoping this will inspire Mother Nature to debut her 2018 awesomeness. Stay tuned!
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Meadow Spring Parking, mile 33.5, Shenandoah National Park, October 7, 2018. Photo: NPS
Last Updated: 10/18/2018