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?  

Virginia Fall Foliage Report for the Weekend of November 11

In the mountains of Virginia, now you can appreciate the juxtaposition of evergreen pines with late-clinging foliage and bare branches. The Piedmont lost a lot of leaves to windy weather this week, but many trees still display shades of amber and brown. The Coastal Plain is the place to see more vibrant red, orange, and gold, with many oaks still green east of Richmond.

Late fall is still a season of color and texture, even without leaves. Take time to notice the stark white trunks of sycamores against a vivid blue sky; the spidery yellow flowers of witch hazel; the pale blue, berry-like cones ornamenting redcedar’s dark green needles; or the fluffy white masses of blooming saltbush along eastern roadways.

The Department of Forestry reminds you to be careful with fire this fall and recommends exploring leaf disposal options other than burning.

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