If you’re looking to see peak fall colors, mid-October is the best time to plan your 2017 visit to the Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, according to the Virginia Department of Forestry and the weather team at WDBJ7.

The region is projected to reach peak fall color around October 10-25, which is somewhat earlier compared to previous autumn seasons.

We’re already starting to see a few colors in the trees around Virginia’s Blue Ridge as we transition to fall.

To get an idea of what autumn is like in the region, check out this blog post from last year featuring beautiful fall photos: 10 Stunning Photos of Fall Colors in Virginia’s Blue Ridge

The following is an excerpt from WDBJ7 Meteorologist Brent Watts in his report about this year’s fall foliage:

The Blue Ridge Parkway and Bent Mountain will be some of the first areas to peak. A drive up 311 toward Paint Bank will also offer an early look at the colors as they transition into the valleys by mid October. Peak foliage is typically the first and second week of October in the mountains, and October 15-25 across the Roanoke Valley, Smith Mountain Lake and Southern Virginia.

Check out his full report on the WDBJ7 website.

Don’t wait to plan your fall getaway to the Blue Ridge Mountains! Between Virginia Tech football games, fall weddings, and people enjoying the outdoors, hotel rooms fill up quickly. Book yours now >

There are so many unique experiences that could be part of your vacation in Virginia’s Blue Ridge, including a scenic drive like this one on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Here are a few other fun fall-related resources to help you plan your next trip:

Thanks to WDBJ7 for the fall color graphic featured at the top of the page. You can also visit the Virginia Department of Forestry website for more information about fall across the Commonwealth, including weekly fall foliage reports.

Happy fall!