Best Fall Foliage in Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia – Tracking Websites

Finding the best fall foliage in Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia can be tricky because of the weather variables from year to year. I’ve found the trick is checking multiple tracking websites and reports from previous years.

Best Fall Foliage in Virginia
Fall Foliage on Massanutten, Virginia on October 21, 2020 (little before peak I think!)

Best Fall Foliage in Virginia Websites

  1. Virginia Department of Forestry: Their weekly report is really helpful! Includes a map at the bottom with typical peak dates:
    1. Eastern Half of Virginia: October 20-31
    2. Central (Harrisonburg to Danville): October 15-25
    3. Western Third of Virginia: October 10-20
  2. Shenandoah National Park: Check their Instagram and Facebook on Thursdays for their updates from 3 photo spots in the park. (Since Skyline Drive is 105 miles long north to south, there is definitely variety in peak times!)
    1. And you can check out their webcam at Big Meadows too! (Thx to @withsunshinesol for great tips from Insta post.)
  3. SmokeyMountains.com: Great foliage map of the entire US that you can zoom in on!
  4. Virginia.org: Great lists of fall trips all around Virginia!
  5. Fall Festivals in Northern Virginia: Check out this list of 31 Fall Festivals in Northern Virginia to enjoy the leaves and more family fun! (and October events!)

Best Fall Foliage in Maryland Tracking Websites

  1. Maryland Department of Natural Resources: Helpful map of the current status (green to red) of each county in Maryland! This is my go-to website this year to check out the fall foliage in Maryland.
  2. SmokeyMountains.com: Great foliage map of the entire US that you can zoom in on!
  3. Visit Maryland: Great list of Maryland Fall Foliage trips!

Best Fall Foliage in West Virginia Tracking

  1. West Virginia Tourism: Detailed map of this years’ predicted peak fall foliage (half way down the page). Can’t beat this! Plus ideas on where to see the beauty!
  2. SmokeyMountains.com: Great foliage map of the entire US that you can zoom in on!

And don’t forget, DC has trees too!

  1. WUSA9: Article about usual peak dates (inside the Beltway around October 31) and changes this year in the weather that might impact the color.
  2. Washington.org: Where to go to photograph the Fall Foliage in and around DC!
  3. Personal Recommendation: The National Arboretum has an incredible variety including the the Bonsai Museum which also changes leaves!
  4. SmokeyMountains.com: Great foliage map of the entire US that you can zoom in on!
Best Fall Foliage in Virginia
Favorite neighborhood tree on Nov. 2nd in Fairfax County
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