Well, Staunton, the colors are here. Look outside the window and you’ll see nature in full autumnal display. Better yet, the weather is incredible. Crisp at night, but comfortable during the day. Open your windows and get out and enjoy the season. If you haven’t already scouted some backgrounds for your seasonal photos, it’s time to get on that. Visit Gypsy Hill Park, Montgomery Hall Park, Woodrow Park, Betsy Bell and Mary Gray Wilderness Area, and Thornrose Cemetery for some of the loveliest views in town. Also, just enjoy a stroll through some of Staunton’s residential neighborhoods to admire the backyard beauty.
The colors continue to march on in the mountains. Leaf peepers can expect to see reds and oranges from sugar and red maples. Look also for red displays from sumac and, surprisingly, poison ivy vines, which add festive garlands to tree trunks. The Virginia Department of Forestry estimates that more than 50 percent of the trees at higher elevations have changed and that we are in peak leaf season. Check out the views along the Skyline Drive, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and from the top of Shenandoah Mountain to the west. If you want to take your kids hiking, check out Hikes for Kids of All Ages, which are perfect for beginners.