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From the Virginia Department of Forestry
Report for the weekend of October 14.
Autumn has truly fallen upon western Virginia this week! Areas above 3000 feet in elevation range from 50% to near peak coloration. These high mountains are a beautiful mixed tapestry of red, orange, and gold. The Alleghanies will be at 25 to 50% of peak this weekend. In the Blue Ridge, the percentages are a little lower, but the mixture of green with other colors makes for fantastic viewing.
The Piedmont is well on its way to its dominant fall shade of gold. Urban landscape trees, including maples, are flushing red and orange from the top down. In general, trees with greater exposure in any location are among the earliest changers. In Eastern Virginia, green still rules, but some early fall shades can be seen in swampy areas, and on isolated branches of individual trees.
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
Shenandoah National ParkOctober 13, 2017
It’s not exactly what you would call riotous yet, but Shenandoah National Park is getting there. Day by day, tree by tree, this beloved national park is becoming the mosaic of color we’ve been waiting for all year.
Some areas of the Park are more colorful than others – and this will continue to be the case – but expect to see plenty of autumn drama as you drive from Front Royal at mile 0 all the way down to Rockfish Gap at mile 105. The happy little maple that oversees Meadow Spring Parking at mile 33.5 is a swirl of cherry, orange, and lime, like a snow cone for a child who couldn’t decide on just one flavor. And sumacs are funny things. You might find a patch of the tropical-looking plants still green as poison growing right beside their brothers and sisters who have turned every color except green – poinsettia red, butternut orange, Golden Delicious yellow. A patch of sumacs at Spitler Knoll Overlook (mile 48) is especially dramatic, exhibiting just about every possible hue, like feather boas on Mardi Gras revelers...
Last Updated: 10/13/2017