West Virginia Division of Forestry (DOF) officials are paying close attention to the changing leaves so they can provide the public with the most colorful routes to see fall foliage at its peak. State foresters will compile reports weekly throughout October, and the information, including route numbers and specific points of interest, will be released to the public each Thursday afternoon. The reports can be viewed on the DOF’s website, www.wvforestry.com, the agency’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/wvforestry and the Department of Commerce’s website, www.wvcommerce.org.
“The fall foliage season is a wonderful opportunity to showcase West Virginia’s forests,” said State Forestry Director Randy Dye. “What better people to provide foliage updates than the folks who know our woods the best – our state foresters?”
Photos and updates, as available, will be posted to the DOF’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/wvforestry.
Currently, foliage at the highest peaks in Greenbrier, Nicholas, Webster, Pocahontas and Randolph counties has the most color. Foresters report maple, birch, gum and ash trees in areas 3,000 feet and higher are the most colorful at present. Tucker County, always a favorite destination for leaf peepers, is reported to be 40 percent peak. U.S. Route 219 through Davis, Thomas and Canaan Valley is the recommended drive in that area. Spruce Knob Lake in Pendleton County is at 40 percent peak.
The first fall foliage report will be released Thursday, Oct. 3.