CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Leaf peepers, prepare! It is going to be a great weekend to take in some autumn color.
Leslie Fitzwater, with the Division of Forestry, said for the best fall foliage, you’ve got to head into the higher elevations.
Above 3,000 feet, most of the leaves have already peaked. But you can still find some pockets of reds, yellows and oranges.
Your best bet for a good show according to Fitzwater, “We have some really good color in those mid-elevations especially in Pendleton, Hardy, Randolph, Webster and Pocahontas Counties.”
If you’re a little hesitant to just take off on a drive without an exact destination, there are several ways you can check out the best routes.
Not only can you log on to www.wvforestry.com for their weekly report, you can also follow the division on Twitter and their Facebook page where the colors come alive thanks to photos taken by forester and leaf peepers.
“We’re also getting people helping each other out,” explained Fitzwater. “Somebody says, ‘What’s the color here?’ and then somebody will pop in and say, ‘Hey, I was there yesterday and it was beautiful.’ So we are getting a lot of interaction.”
So will this go down as a year with lots of color? Fitzwater said that’s debatable, even among the best prognosticators in the state — the foresters.
“Fall foliage is not really a precise science. [Foresters] all have different opinions as to what makes leaves brighter or more muted.”
The best advice, check it out for yourself.