The mountains surrounding Elkins are a colorful backdrop to this
week’s Mountain State Forest Festival. Foresters recommend driving
along U.S. Route 33 to Elkins to take in the festivities. Foliage
within Elkins is still a week or so from peak.
Higher elevations of Nicholas County are recommended again this
week, including Richwood and Cherry River. Maples are reported to be
very colorful this year in those areas. Overall, Nicholas County is at
65 percent peak this week.
Greenbrier and Pocahontas counties are at 75 percent peak. The
western portion of Pocahontas, which was at peak last week, has lost a
lot of leaves, but the eastern portion should be at peak within the next
Webster County is at 70 percent peak. Foresters recommend a drive
along Elk River Road from Webster Springs to the Pocahontas County line.
Higher elevations of Upshur County have excellent color this week.
The recommended drive is along State Route 20 from Rock Cave to the
Webster County line.
If you are visiting Oglebayfest at Oglebay Park this weekend or the
West Virginia Pumpkin Festival in Milton, be sure to stop by the DOF’s
exhibits. Foliage in Ohio County is at five percent peak; in Cabell
County, foliage is at 10 percent peak.
Looking ahead to next week, foresters predict colors should be near
peak for Bridge Day. Fayette County is currently at 55 percent peak,
and foresters recommend a drive along U.S. Route 60 to get a sneak peek
at the foliage.
Foliage will not be at peak for next week’s Bunner Ridge Fall
Festival in Marion County, but foresters say there will be some color in
the area. Admission to the festival is free and proceeds from the
event will go to rebuild the community center that was destroyed by fire
two years ago. Currently, foliage in Marion County is at 10 percent
Leaves in areas of lower elevation mostly are yet to turn, but will be catching up quickly over the next few weeks.
The next fall foliage report will be released on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011.
For more information about fall foliage, visit the Division of Forestry’s website at www.wvforestry.com.
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News Release: Oct. 6, 2011