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West Virginia fall colors coming soon

Williamson Daily News map by West Virginia Division of Natural Resources This map shows the predicted peak times for the fall foliage for 2015.
Williamson Daily News map by West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
This map shows the predicted peak times for the fall foliage for 2015.

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. — Technically the calendar says it is still summer, but there is already a “feel” of autumn in the air.

The first day of fall for this year is Wednesday, September 23.

The nights have been cooler and soon our beautiful mountains will be scattered with a mixture of reds, golds, yellows and browns.

The fall season is one of our most beautiful times of the year and shows nature at its best. The scenic beauty of our Appalachian Mountains is breathtaking.

The peak time for the fall foliage for our region is not until late October according to the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources (DNR). They have released a map showing when and where the colors will be at their best.

On the DNR web-page, they have a list of trees and describe what color their leaves will turn. For example, birch trees turn yellow, while the leaves of an oak turn crimson or scarlet, while other oaks turn brown, silver maples turn a pale yellow, but some maples turn reddish-orange.

Many of the state’s parks are good venues to take a hike and enjoy the beautiful colors…

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