It’s just about that time, when visitors from all over flock to the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Shenandoah Valley to witness first-hand the splendor of the Blue Ridge Mountains covered in dazzling displays of reds, oranges, and yellows.
That brilliant display known worldwide as “fall foliage” is soon to be had right here at Cabin Creekwood. In fact, the colors are starting to show even now! Early on, the deep reds of the Virginia Creeper vine take on their role as the harbinger of fall, announcing loudly to all who will take time to listen that more colors will soon follow.
Then the yellows begin to show… Tulip Poplars, Oaks, and more, as the season progresses.
Not far behind are the oranges, signifying that things are moving along right on schedule.
And finally, the brilliant reds join the other actors on stage, as the fall foliage display across the Blue Ridge Mountains reaches that pinnacle known as the elusive “peak.”
What most folks don’t know is that “peak” isn’t just one day! In fact, different trees and shrubs reach their greatest brilliance at different times during the show. A few early ones will be fading fast when the late bloomers come along. In addition, factors such as elevation and the direction the slope faces will adjust “peak” for members of the same species, by up to a week!
How to see the best fall foliage
Come to the Blue Ridge Mountains any time between now and the third week of October, and spend time driving. Explore different parts of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Drop down into the Shenandoah Valley to the west. Make sure you spend time in the Rockfish Valley to our east. When you see a place that really appeals to you, stop the car, get out, and take time to soak in the brilliant show. You could have picnic, go for a hike, or set up a lawn chair and blanket to settle down and stay put.
Whatever you choose, you’re sure to remember this brilliant show for weeks to come.
Oh yes… don’t forget to bring your camera. Even though photos can’t do it justice, you’ll want to snap a few to remember this special time.