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Foliage Report- October 15th

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Published: Oct. 15, 2021 at 1:15 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 20, 2021 at 3:55 PM EDT
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Right now peak color is across the Virginia Allegheny Highlands. Highland county is showing some spectacular color but it won’t last long. Likely past peak by the weekend.

Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway are starting to see moderate to high color across the tops of the highest mountains. Elevations above 4,000′ should peak this weekend or at least be close to it. Color is still developing across the rest of the mountains and won’t peak until next week.

West Virginia locations across Pendleton, Grant and Hardy counties are also starting to develop moderate to high color. These ares won’t peak until next week also. Elevations above 4,000′ in West Virginia have peaked but below that color is still slow to develop. By our estimates the Seneca Rocks area won’t peak until next week also.

Previous report from October 15th:

The Virginia Allegheny Highlands: Bath and Highland county are still not quite at peak but moderate to high color is where we’re at right now. Next week should be amazing in these areas and the cooler nights next week will certainly help the color change.

Pocahontas County: Most areas are at peak right now and there are stunning views. Try a drive on Rt. 219, or Rt 150 which is the Highland Scenic Highway. There are many overlook on this route, similar to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Route 92 is also a beautiful drive

Pendleton County: Is still working on developing that color. Even areas around Seneca Rocks and the Germany Valley are still very green right now. Spruce Knob is past peak but that’s also the first place to peak in our area. With favorable weather conditions I expect these areas to develop the color fast this week and potentially closer to peak by the end of next week or into next weekend.

Virginia highest elevations: Elevations above 4,000′ in Virginia are just starting to show near moderate color. There should be a quick color change next week with cooler nights and sunny afternoons. Elsewhere things are still very green, even across Shenandoah Mountain and Skyline drive as well as the Blue Ridge. Favorable weather conditions next week should help to accelerate the turn. By next weekend I expect moderate color at elevations above 3,000′ and high color above 4,000′.

PAST PEAK

Blackwater Falls State park is pretty much past peak at many areas and the wind this weekend will take down a large amount of leaves. This is still a beautiful park in the fall and still worth it to go next week with the better weather.

Snowshoe in Pocahontas county is past peak but areas around Snowshoes are at peak in Pocahontas county.

Western Maryland has anywhere from moderate, to high and past peak color. The drive from Grant county to Deep Creek lake is always a favorite. Swallow Falls state park is a beautiful place with hiking along the waterfalls. You can also hit up the Potomac State forest or Garrett State Forest. Both offer several hiking trails.

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VIRGINIA

West Virginia is always first to turn in our area, even despite elevations above 4,000′ in Virginia like Elliot Knob, Reddish Knob and the highest points of Skyline Drive. Some trees are starting to turn but it’s more isolated pockets of color. Most areas are still very green.

Just for reference the Blue Ridge and Skyline Drive typically don’t peak until around the 3rd week of October and the lower ridges of the Valley around the last week of October.

OTHER WAYS TO VIEW THE SCENERY

There’s no better way to see the beautiful foliage than a scenic chair lift. Several regional ski resorts offer this. Just be sure to check time and days offered.

West Virginia offers several route options on the scenic train. Keep in mind these do book quickly in advance and there are not many options left for this year. However this might be something to plan for next fall. It does look like there is more availablilty on the Potomac Eagle scenic train ride.

AVERAGE FALL FOLIAGE PEAK DATES:

These are estimated peak dates (map created by Evan Fisher). Most areas are about 7-10 days behind right now.

A look at average peak foliage dates
A look at average peak foliage dates(Evan Fisher)

The foliage report will be updated every Friday during the month of October and will air on the News at 5 on Fridays.

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