Virginia Fall Foliage

virginia fall foliage

The weather in Virginia is finally starting to take a turn towards fall. Yes, indeed, there is a distinct almost nip in the air before the sun is all the way up. And that means we can turn our minds to autumn in the Old Dominion. The stores are already full of Halloween candy and decorations, and the pumpkins have showed up outside of every grocery store.

Blatant commercialism aside, though, it’s not quite time to start feeling spooky. So how else can we celebrate the arrival of fall? Well, the weather is perfect for spending some time outdoors, so why not take a trip to check out the Virginia fall foliage?

The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) suggests that the best dates for observing the changing colors will be in just a couple of weeks’ time. Ideal times for viewing begin around October 10 in the western portion of the state and continue through the end of October moving east towards Tidewater.

The mid-Atlantic hosts a wide variety of deciduous trees with a range of brilliant fall colors. Some notable trees and colors include:

  • Beech – yellow or orange
  • Dogwood – scarlet or purple
  • Poplar – yellow
  • Ash – yellow to maroon
  • Maple – bright red

So now you’re all hyped up to go see some fall foliage, and you may be wondering where the best viewing locations are.

Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park is a great choice and boasts some of the most magnificent views in the state. Skyline Drive spans 105 miles of Blue Ridge Mountain peaks and offers dozens of overlooks where you can stop to admire the view.

If you’re looking for something a little less crowded, the VDOF suggests a number of driving tours that are a bit less well known and well traveled.

Visit the VDOF website for more driving tours. You can also check out VDOT’s list of scenic byways for more ideas for driving excursions, including drives all across the commonwealth and many historic drives.

Virginia has a lot to offer in terms of natural beauty, and fall is a great time to get out and appreciate our home state. Whether you want to take a driving tour or, perhaps, have been inspired to get out on your bicycle, there are endless possibilities for fall excursions.

Who’s going to come with you for some fall fun? Make sure to like and share!

Photo: Kevin Kelley
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