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 foliage is at its fiery peak.
Fall Foliage Report for the Weekend of October 15 - Virginia Department of Forestry
Autumn has truly fallen upon western Virginia this week! Above 3000 feet in Southwest Virginia and the Alleghenies, foliage ranges from 50% changed to near peak coloration. Sugar maple gets much of the credit for bright reds and oranges, but red maple is not far behind. In the Blue Ridge and Shenandoah Valley, the percent change is lower, but the mixture of green with other colors makes for fantastic viewing.
The Piedmont has just begun its transition from green to yellow and 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. This is one reason why roadsides are great places for leaf peeping.
In Eastern Virginia, green still rules, but some early fall shades can be seen in swampy areas, and on isolated branches of individual trees.
While is it difficult to predict exactly when we will see peak fall foliage in Virginia, the SmokyMountains.com Fall Foliage Prediction Map below combines an advanced weather algorithm that factors in thousands of data points and scientific factors to come up with the most accurate forecast possible. The forecast is also consistent with the Farmers Almanac, which is projecting peak fall color for Virginia, October 11-25, 2021.