The official calendar says it’s still summer until the fall equinox on Thursday, Sept. 22, but while the West Virginia Department of Tourism releases its first fall foliage map of the season, l ‘fall can’t be too far the two-paved lane.
To celebrate the upcoming fall season, the West Virginia Department of Tourism released its annual fall foliage map on Friday. Light up the pumpkin spice lattes and grab the flannel coat.
The map, prepared in partnership with the West Virginia Division of Forestry, estimates peak foliage times throughout the Mountain State to help travelers plan their fall getaways to every corner of the state.
Fall Foliage Report updates will be released weekly, including percent color change across the state, a featured scenic road trip, and suggested stops and hikes to do and activities to participate in for major leaf viewing opportunities.
“Fall in West Virginia is such a special time,” said Chelsea Ruby, secretary of the West Virginia Department of Tourism, in a press release. “We are preparing for leaf season and looking forward to our rolling hills coming alive with vibrant hues of red, orange and yellow. There really is no better place to experience fall than in here at Almost Heaven, and your opportunity starts now and lasts until November.
In addition to the fall foliage map, the Ministry of Tourism will also offer live leaf tracking which will update in real time as the season begins to change to give travelers an inside look at the fall colors in the state. The tracker features social media photos using #Almost Heaven and can be viewed online at WVtourism.com/fall.
“As always, we invite all of our guests to join in the fun and help us showcase the natural beauty and breathtaking fall colors of our state by sharing photos on social media using #AlmostHeaven. “, Ruby said.
In addition to the foliage map and live leaf tracker, travelers can also explore recommended places to stay, scenic hikes, popular seasonal adventures, special fall festivals and events, all at WVtourism.com /fall. Customers are encouraged to plan their fall getaway with the help of the Ministry of Tourism’s free special edition travel guides, which can be downloaded digitally or sent directly to their home on request.
“As the fall foliage season approaches, West Virginia is blessed with a wide variety of colors decorating its mountainsides,” said Forestry Division Director Tom Cover. “West Virginia is almost 80% forested with a large number of hardwoods in our landscape; the potential for an array of color variations is always present. With elevation differences, the color is present for at least 30 days, so take advantage of this once-a-year viewing opportunity and visit the forest.
To access the latest updates, events and insider tips around fall in Almost Heaven, visit WVtourism.com/fall.