You won’t need to look hard to see Staunton’s autumnal colors as you enjoy being outside in the seasonal weather this weekend. Cooler days and chilly nights (have you turned the heat on yet?) are making it feel like fall. And we’re getting some peak colors both in the mountains and in town. Look for bright red and orange maples to serve as backdrops for your family photos. According to the Virginia Department of Forestry, “individual trees planted in urban and suburban landscapes often color earlier than those in the forest.” So, while elevation impacts temperature, which can affect color, you’re likely to see pops of color in town before widespread changes in the mountains.
Walks through Staunton’s historic neighborhood, long drives through rural Augusta County, and hikes in Shenandoah National Park all make great ways to check out the colors. Hikers wanting color closer to home should explore the trails at Montgomery Hall Park or Betsy Bell Wilderness Area. Gypsy Hill Park also has a walking loop and beautiful views.
Check here every week for our updated fall foliage report.