Fall Foliage in Virginia – when is best time to see the leaves change in Williamsburg?
Fall Foliage Report for the Weekend of October 15 – Virginia Department of ForestryVirginia.org
Autumn has truly fallen upon western Virginia this week! Above 3000 feet in Southwest Virginia and the Alleghenies, foliage ranges from 50% changed to near peak coloration. Sugar maple gets much of the credit for bright reds and oranges, but red maple is not far behind. In the Blue Ridge and Shenandoah Valley, the percent change is lower, but the mixture of green with other colors makes for fantastic viewing.
The Piedmont has just begun its transition from green to yellow and gold. Urban landscape trees, including maples, are flushing red and orange from the top down. In general, trees with greater exposure in any location are among the earliest changers. This is one reason why roadsides are great places for leaf peeping.
In Eastern Virginia, green still rules, but some early fall shades can be seen in swampy areas, and on isolated branches of individual trees.
Keep scrolling for the Fall Foliage Prediction Map!
When is the best time to see the leaves change color in the Fall in Virginia? When are the fall leaves the best in Williamsburg? All good questions but the answer depends on several factors. To pick the perfect weekend to see the leaves in their most vibrant state is tricky, but really most weekends from mid to late October you will see beautiful fall colors in our forests.
However, as with all things, technology has jumped in to make it a little easier for you to navigate fall foliage in Virginia and across the United States.
Here is the the SmokyMountains.com Fall Foliage Prediction Map which takes weather forecasts, thousands of scientific factors and data points to create a really cool interactive foliage map. This map and the Farmers Almanac both point to a date range of Oct 11 – 25, 2021 as the best time to see the leaves changing color in the Williamsburg area.
So if you are considering wandering through Colonial Williamsburg, York River State Park, Chippokes Plantation State Park or maybe doing the Skyline Drive…you have this window of opportunity and a Foliage Map to guide you!