The highest mountains of Southwest Virginia are past their peak colors, but the back roads still provide a pretty drive. At this time, evergreens provide a welcome contrast to an overall landscape of yellow to brown, with a few deep reds still interspersed.
Skyline Drive and much of the Blue Ridge Parkway should be at or just past peak this coming weekend. Lower elevations along the parkway are still approaching their best color. Some of the early-turners have lost their leaves to recent winds, but maples are vibrant with red and orange, multiple species are decked in shades of yellow and gold, and oaks are showing rich deep tones.
Descending into the Piedmont, color changes range from 50 to 75%. There is a good mix of shades, contrasting with deep green pines. Oaks here are ranging from still green to deep red and orange-brown. Farther east, colors are patchy but noticeable. The best show in the East is still a couple of weeks away.