CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Forestry issued its latest fall foliage report Thursday:
With the exception of the state’s southern counties and a few other scattered spots, state foresters report that the fall foliage season in West Virginia is quickly coming to an end.
This weekend may be the last for viewing colors in Braxton, Clay, Raleigh and Summers counties.
Foliage is generally past peak along viewing routes in Grant, Pendleton and Tucker counties. Route 33 in Pendleton over the North Mountain is one area where drivers can still enjoy stunning views. The yellows are especially interesting this year.
Mineral and Hampshire counties are both past peak but still have some colors left, especially on Route 50 heading east from Keyser across Knobly Mountain. In addition to leaf peeping, this year may be one of the best in recent years to view wildlife in open areas foraging on herbaceous plants, soft mast, grasses, etc. This is because of the very poor acorn mast crop.
In Berkeley County, foresters recommend visiting Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area and hiking on the Beacon Tower Trail or Old Still Trail. Also worthwhile is a drive along County Road 12 from Moorefield to Lost River State Park, where foliage is still gorgeous on the mountains.
There is still plenty of color around the lake at Tygart Lake State Park in Taylor County. Other recommendations to see limited color include Coopers Rock State Forest, where there are some spots of yellows and reds.
Foliage in most other areas of the state is reported to be past peak. Rain, wind and scattered frost have helped defoliate a good portion of West Virginia’s forests. Get out and enjoy what’s left before it’s gone.
For more information about the Division of Forestry, visit www.wvforestry.com.