Wednesday, October 15, 2014

VDOF's Weekly Fall Foliage Report

The mountains of Southwest Virginia are a riot of color this week, with peak intensity expected in many areas this weekend. A few of the highest mountain areas have already passed peak and lost some leaves to wind, but general views in this part of the state show at least 50% change.

The northern Blue Ridge in Virginia is also rapidly approaching its most amazing show, with color changes moving fast down into the valleys. Hickories have rich golden tones, which contrast nicely with the reds of maples. Most oaks are still green, although individual patches of oaks are showing deep reds and warm orange-browns.

The Piedmont's colors are still patchy, with significant changes in urban and roadside areas. Although green still dominates eastern Virginia, swampy areas are beginning to show their fall hues.