Fall is one of the most beautiful times of year in Virginia, 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.
Fall Foliage Report for the weekend of October 12, 2019 from the Department of Forestry
By now, you may be wondering if the green trees will ever change! But if you look closely, you’ll notice the green is fading, and the underlying yellow leaf pigments are showing through. This change happens in response to shorter day length, regardless of the weather. Individual trees planted in urban and suburban landscapes often color earlier than those in the woods, so your own neighborhood might give you that first bit of autumn inspiration.
In parts of southwest Virginia and the Alleghenies, about a third of the trees have changed color. The Blue Ridge has some mountaintop patches of color that are beginning to spread. Although the summer drought may result in duller colors that turn brown quickly, there will still be patches of good color if you get out to look.
Notably in central Virginia, lots of dogwoods have turned to burgundy. Look for them along roadsides, where sumac, black gum, sassafras, and red maple will also have you seeing red. This week’s cooler weather should bring out even more pigments.
In general, the best fall color happens between October 10-20 in the mountains, October 15-25 in central Virginia and October 20-31 in eastern Virginia.
Shenandoah National Park
Look for live streams from Pass Mountain Overlook (mile 30 on Skyline Drive near our Thornton Gap Entrance Station which is located at mile 31.5 on Skyline Drive) on Thursdays, starting September 26. More Fall Information
Visitors can see current conditions and colors live through webcams located at https://www.nps.gov/shen/learn/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm.
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Seeing a little more color, but still mostly green. Color is very localized--just random vibrant trees here and there. Probably the biggest snap is the bright red Virginia creeper that stands out against the gray tree trunks all along Skyline Drive. We desperately need rain. Last week's shower was less than a inch, and while we are thankful for any amount, we need more! Here's a grid of the photos we've taken so far so you can see the difference from last week to this week. The top is Dickey Ridge at mile 4.6, the middle is Tanners Ridge Overlook at mile 51.5, and the bottom is Ivy Creek Overlook at mile 77.5. Thanks so much to our photographers: Jodi Davis, Lara Ellis, and Paula Keeter!
Visit Shenandoah National Park's social media accounts for more information:
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.
According to a variety of weather forecasts and predictions, it appears we’ll be experiencing peak fall color in late October and early November for 2019. Learn More.
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Forecasts and weather predictions are projecting late October & early November for peak fall color this year in Virginia's Blue Ridge. ** * * Reminder: the region we promote as "Virginia's Blue Ridge" is the Roanoke Valley and surrounding area within about an hour of Roanoke. We're not making fall foliage predictions for the entire Blue Ridge Mountain chain in Virginia! 🤓 * * * * #trailsetter #blueridgeday #visitvbr #vbr #roanoke #roanokeva #roanokeoutside #virginia #loveva #vaoutdoors #fallinva #50yearsoflove #fall #autumn #fallcolors #fallfoliage #leaves #blueridgemountains #nationalforest #optoutside #getoutside #leafpeeping #visit #travel #wander #explore #adventure #wanderlust #roadtrip #fallweather
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Last Updated: 10/10/2019