The second fall that I lived in Virginia, I had to make a trip make to Cincinnati right at the height of fall leaf color. Prior to moving here, I had lived my whole life in the Midwest, and the Midwest has terrific seasonal changes, so I was no stranger to pretty falls. And, I had done extensive traveling, had been in New England in the fall, and thought I had seen spectacular autumns.
But that fall, driving west on 460, I rounded a bend and the whole mountain opened up in front of me, looking like a quilt made with vivid hues. My jaw literally dropped. It was one of the most beautiful sights I’ve ever seen, and I understood why people who’ve lived here 30 years still make an annual autumnal pilgrimage to the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Whether or not we’re going to have great fall color this year remains to be seen, but here’s some links if you’d like to plan your own leaf-peeping tour.
Fall Foliage in Virginia - Leaf peepers congregate on this site dedicated to following the path of autumn colors as they move across Virginia.
Fall Foliage in Virginia – the foliage report by the Virginia Department of Forestry Fall; this report includes suggested driving tours.
Fall Foliage Blue Ridge Parkway, VA. – foliage update by The Weather Channel
The Foliage Network - current foliage report