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Much of West Virginia yet to reach peak fall colors

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Multiple parts of the state have yet to pass the peak of fall colors, according to the West Virginia Department of Tourism’s latest fall foliage report.

The agency with the state Division of Forestry releases the report every week to help travelers plan autumn trips around peak foliage.

Tourism Secretary Chelsea Ruby said Wednesday colors have been slower to peak because of a warmer-than-average fall.

“Color is arriving a little late this year, so travelers still have time to experience the beautiful warm hues of fall,” she said. “Whether you prefer to get outside and hike or just enjoy a leisurely drive, you’ll find plenty of scenic leaf-peeping destinations in Almost Heaven.”

While higher elevations in the eastern mountains have already experienced this year’s peak, the north-central region, the panhandles and southern West Virginia have yet to reach the mark.

The state Department of Tourism’s recommended drive of the week is state Route 310 in Fairmont to Grafton through Valley Falls State Park.

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