Friday, October 2, 2009
Fall Foliage Season Has Begun!
This is our first report of the season! Cooler weather means it's time to get out and see all Virginia has to offer at this time of year. Not much is going on so far - a gradual change in foliage conditions can be seen across the state. In western Virginia, color change is noticeable at higher elevations, with a lower percentage of fall color at the lower elevations. Patchy color changes exist among tree species such as poplars, sweet gum, dogwood and maple. At this time, peak colors are expected in the mountains during mid to late October; the Piedmont and Coastal Plain are expected to peak between late October and mid-November. To learn about scenic driving tours, visit our Web site at www.dof.virginia.gov. As you enjoy the outdoors and Virginia's forests, remember to be careful with outdoor fire. A cigarette, campfire or cooking equipment can destroy the scenic wonders of Virginia.