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2019 Fall Color Schedule for Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains

2019 Fall Foliage for Virginia's Blue Ridge

Plan your trip to see the vibrant fall colors and foliage of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains! Seeing the autumn leaves around the Roanoke Valley and along the Blue Ridge Parkway is a favorite annual tradition for locals and visitors to Virginia’s Blue Ridge.

According to a variety of weather forecasts and predictions, it appears we’ll be experiencing peak fall color in late October for 2019.

Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains Peak Fall Color - 2019

The 2019 Fall Foliage Prediction Map for SmokyMountains.com shows the last two weeks in October being the prime period for seeing peak fall color in Roanoke & Virginia’s Blue Ridge.

While no prediction tool is perfect, the Fall Foliage Prediction Map combines an advanced weather algorithm that factors in thousands of data points and scientific factors to come up with the most accurate forecast possible.

2019 Fall Foliage Prediction Map

Expect Peak Fall Color in Virginia's Blue Ridge in Late October

Due to the various changes in elevation throughout Virginia’s Blue Ridge, it’s important to remember that different areas will see peak fall color at different times. Higher elevations, such as along the Blue Ridge Parkway and Appalachian Trail will see peak fall color earlier in the season compared to lower lying areas, including the Roanoke Valley.

In order to see fall colors at their best and brightest, we should hope for warm, sunny days accompanied by cool nights. Less daylight is a key step in the color changing process, as chlorophyll production slows and eventually stops, allowing the yellow, orange, and red pigments to become more dominant in the leaves before they fall.

Unfortunately, because Virginia has had a relatively low amount of summer and early fall rainfall, this could lead to a shorter fall viewing season across the Commonwealth this year. The dry conditions could also result in brown leaves that simply fall to the ground, instead of the usual vibrant fall foliage we usually see in the region.

Still, you can always count on finding some great areas full of color in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and we encourage you to be a #Trailsetter and go find them!

Here are some of the best ways to experience fall in Virginia's Blue Ridge. 

There are many other fantastic resources to help you plan your trip to see the fall colors in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, including the following:

Roanoke Valley Spotlight

13 local restaurants featuring delicious comfort food in Virginia's Blue Ridge.

Roanoke - Fall Getaway - Travel + Leisure

Pitch your tent and rest your head under the starlit as you breathe in the fresh air of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Be a Trailsetter - Virginia's Blue Ridge

Explore the fall foliage of Virginia's Blue Ridge in some truly adventurous, off-road ways!