Leaf Looking In The Southeast
Fall is here and it’s time for the leaves to start their glorious transition of color. The southern east coast has an abundance of color to offer a feast for the eyes from Virginia to Florida.
Virginia Leaf Looking
Virginia’s be time for leaf looking will be in around the first of October according to Only In YourState. The entire state should have some variance of color. The Shenandoah Valley is one of Virginia’s great places for Fall foliage to be seen.
(source: heard county parks & recreation)
(source: stayva.org Blue Ridge Parkway Virgina)
The Department of Forestry in Virginia has determined the peak time for leaf looking on the chart below.
Virginia Peak Periods:
- October 10 – 20 (Left Side of Map)
- October 15 – 25 (Center of Map)
- October 20-31 (Right Side of Map)
Western North Carolina Brilliant Leaf Color
North Carolina has one of the longest leaf seasons, due to some of the highest elevations coming in at 6,000 feet to the plunging valleys below. The color span is between September and November and will begin at the highest peaks and gently blanket the valleys according to Romantic Asheville.
(source: Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau)
(source: wunc.org Nantahala National Forest near Highlands, NC)
(source: romanticasheville.com Biltmore Estate, Asheville NC)
This fall color map demonstrates the times where there will be peak leaf looking in Western North Carolina as determined by the Department of Biology at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.
South Carolina Color
South Carolina may not seem like a good place to view the Fall foliage. However, driving more inland will give way to a brilliant surprise. Chiff.com shares the best spots to view mother nature at her best. Listing state parks such as Devils Fork, Table Rock, and Caesars Head for great viewing. Color peak is October through November.
(source: Table Rock State Park)
(source: Reserve at Lake Keowee and Southern Living)
Take time to tour the many leaf looking hot spots in South Carolina by land or water. The changes in color at any of the locations will not disappoint.
Georgia’s Brilliant Color
The best time to view the brilliant fall foliage in Georgia is October and November. The northern Georgia Mountains are the prime place for viewing the vibrant reds and yellows. Visit as many of Georgia’s state parks to see the beautiful color changes in progress.
(source: Atlanta magazine, Getty images of Northwest Georgia)
(source: Georgia Department of Natural Resources – Vogel State Park)
Browse through 365 Atlanta Family website to see the top 15 Georgia State Parks for your leaf peeking. This will be a great tool for your Georgia Adventure.
Florida Red Maple Beauty
It might be hard to believe that Florida is apart of the Fall leaf season. The leaf season typically begins in mid November. When most everyone thinks of Florida things like sun, beaches, and palm trees come to mind. However, there are several trees that give way to the Fall changes with hues of yellow, orange, red, and sometimes even purple.
According to Travel Guide there are several trees that give Florida a Fall blanket of color. The tree with the most brilliant color is the Red Maple. The others that help with the fall rainbow is the Sugarberry, Persimmon, Sweetgum, Florida Maple, Flowering Dogwood, Sorrel Tree, Sassafras, and Cypress.
(source: floridastateparks.org Juniper Lake Florida)
(source: Three Rivers State Park)
Mother Nature blankets the earth with many colors and variations of those colors preparing for the Winter sleep. There are some years the colors are magnificent and others the color does not shine so bright. I feel that any color changes we have the privilege to see are great color changes.
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