CHARLESTON, W.Va. — There remain a few areas of West Virignia that haven’t hit peak for fall foliage.
The state Division of Forestry and state Tourism Office released the latest fall foliage report Wednesday:
Monday night’s hard rain and wind continue to remove the leaves from most of the trees in the eastern mountains, leaving most hillsides throughout this region bare. The oaks, which are just beginning to change, may offer some limited viewing throughout the area. The best future viewing may be the southern counties as the oaks change (which may occur in another 10 days). Color is not yet peak in Wayne County but visitors to this weekend’s C-K AutumnFest and the Pumpkin House will see some muted color in the region.
West Virginia counties and regions showing good color:
Berkeley (90%) — Back Creek Valley is nice despite some early leaf fall. Poor House Road Loop is great biking for color. Orchards are still green but hickories, maples and poplar are turning yellow and red maple is showing brilliant red.
Harrison (80%) — The region around Saltwell Road is showing lots of yellows and oranges and some red; oaks are turning.
Marion (90%) — Curtisville Lake and Valley Falls State Park are at peak. Colors are muted but all trees are showing color now. W.Va. Route 31 and U.S. 250 are recommended drives.
Mercer (75%) — W.Va. Route 20 from Princeton to Hinton is a good drive. Higher elevations have shown leaf drop but some good color may exist along the Bluestone and New rivers.
Monongalia (100%) — Oranges and reds are starting to show along with some yellows; oaks and poplars are turning. Coopers Rock State Forest (Monongalia/Preston) is at peak color. W.Va. Route 218 from Daybrook to Blacksville is another recommended drive.
Monroe (80%) — Lower elevations may have some good color this weekend; W.Va. Route 12 from Peterstown to Forest Hill is a recommended drive.
Morgan (95%) — Oaks and poplars are turning now. The three-state view from the panorama off W.Va. Route 9 and Detour road is scenic now, along with Winchester Road.
Ohio (95%) — W.Va. Route 88 through Oglebay Resort to West Liberty is a good drive, with the oaks finally turning.
Pleasants (85%) — W.Va. Route 16 from St. Marys to Ellenboro is scenic.
Taylor (95%) —Tygart Lake State Park is peak, with oranges, reds and yellows showing; oaks are starting to turn now. U.S. 250/50 is a good drive.
Wirt (85%) — W.Va. Route 14 from Parkersburg to Spencer is a recommended drive for color.
Featured #AlmostHeaven Road Trip: Jefferson County
Color is at 90% in Jefferson County. Bakerton Road between Shepherdstown and Harpers Ferry and Mission Road south of Harpers Ferry are showing some of the best colors in the Eastern Panhandle. The Appalachian Trail south from Harpers Ferry also is a beautiful walk now. Events this weekend include BooFest in Shepherdstown, with games, costume contests, live theater and mystery walks.
Residents and visitors are encouraged to continue sharing their favorite fall photos, moments and memories using #AlmostHeaven.
Weekly fall foliage reports will be released each Wednesday. For more fall foliage and autumn travel inspiration, visit www.gotowv.com/fall.