Fall Foliage in Virginia
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 leaves are at their fiery peak.
Virginia's diverse landscape, from the highest mountains to the Eastern Shore, provides a long fall foliage season, starting earliest in the higher elevations and moving eastward. Generally peak fall foliage is sometime between October 10 and October 31; however, dates can vary from year to year. Want to know when and where to see the best fall colors in Virginia this autumn?
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Virginia Fall Foliage Report for Week of Sept 23
September 22 marks the autumnal equinox and first day of fall. Virginia’s forests are still mostly green, but some trees have begun “the great fade,” turning a washed-out green as chlorophyll production slows. Look closely, and you’ll notice some early changes as the highest mountains of southwest Virginia and the Alleghenies are displaying a 2 to 10 percent color change this week. Yellow buckeyes, red black gums, and a few orange sugar maples are providing the main show so far. Fall will soon progress downslope, and eastward! Meanwhile, watch the roadsides for colorful wildflowers, such as yellow tickseeds and goldenrod and white thoroughworts.