West Virginia higher elevations close to peak fall foliage


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s higher elevations are starting to burst into their peak colors.

The state Tourism Office released its first fall foliage report Wednesday.

Tourism officials say in a news release that areas along U.S. Route 33 should reach their peak by this weekend, including Tucker, Randolph and Pendleton counties in northern and eastern West Virginia.

The 30th annual Leaf Peepers Festival set for Saturday and Sunday in Parsons offers scenic chairlift rides and nature hikes. Closer to nature, tourists can see the foliage at Blackwater Falls, Canaan Valley Resort State Park and the Monongahela National Forest, home to the Dolly Sods Wilderness.


The statement says the Potomac Highlands region will show yellow, gold and reds, while blueberry bushes are turning red at Dolly Sods.


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