As temperatures go down, more and more leaf colors are emerging across the mid-Atlantic. A sunny weekend ahead will provide a beautiful backdrop for those seeking out fall foliage.
In Virginia, the percent of peak of color has increased significantly since last week, especially in the mountain and piedmont regions.
From the Virginia Department of Forestry: “Color change can be seen in 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 during late October and early November.”
From The Foliage Network, Southeast: “Foliage color continues to increase in the higher elevations in eastern West Virginia, western Maryland, and the higher elevations in western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee. These locations are reporting high to peak color. As elevation decreases, so to does the degree of foliage change. Leaf drop is moderate to high in eastern West Virginia and western Maryland.”
Colors are booming in Western Maryland according to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources: “Areas reporting fantastic conditions: Rocky Gap State Park and Green Ridge State Forest, both in Allegany County, where reports are coming in the conditions are absolutely breathtaking! The oak-hickory forest’s foliage is just about at its brilliant peak and should certainly remain spectacular through the weekend and well into the next week.”
See our fall foliage post from last week for more links and resources.