October to bring changing colors to West Virginia

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Charleston, WV (Oct. 3, 2018) – There is still plenty of time to see peak fall foliage in West Virginia, as most areas of the state are just beginning to turn. Color in Canaan Valley is nearing peak and higher elevations in Greenbrier County are starting to show signs of early color.


The West Virginia Tourism Office, in partnership with the West Virginia Division of Forestry, today announces the season’s second fall foliage report and featured Country Road Trip.
Together, these agencies are continuing the longstanding partnership of bringing residents and visitors weekly fall color updates. This year’s reports will be directly tied to a featured route in West Virginia, outlining a scenic drive that covers peak foliage, accommodations, activities, and must see stops and overlooks along the way.
Fall Foliage Update
Fall color continues to turn in the Canaan Valley region. Last week’s report indicated this area was nearing peak, but thanks to warmer temperatures, color will stay around a bit longer. The next two weekends will offer prime viewing for iconic spots like Blackwater Falls and Dolly Sods Wilderness Area.
Higher elevations of the southeastern counties are beginning to show signs of scattered colors: Maples, birches, gums and poplars are showing early color, but the oaks remain solid green. Lower elevations are still only on the brink of turning, with sycamores and poplars among those likely to change first. The region—which includes the Greenbrier Valley and the New River Gorge— is in the early stages of changing and should offer good viewing over the next three weeks as color begins to approach peak.