Rusty Dennen writes about the environment and the great outdoors.
The leaves are calling
Weather’s getting chilly. Leaves are turning. Time to run up to the mountains to check out nature’s palette: the brilliant bronze of the hickory and brilliant scarlet of the red maple beckon. Not to mention homemade cider, jam and apples along the way. The Virginia Department of Forestry not only keeps tabs on the state’s forests, but peak times to view the leafy splendor. That starts around Oct. 20 in the western highlands, lasting about a week, then along the spine of the Blue Ridge around Oct. 25, then finally, east of Fredericksburg the fir
st part of November. Check the Department of Forestry’s map and leaf site for updates, destinations, tree facts and more. If you want to do some apple picking along the way, the Virginia Tourism Corp. has a list of places to pick your own, along with other fall attractions.