Fall Foliage Colors on Skyline Drive

November 06, 2013

The Skyline Drive is a 105 mile road that runs the Shanandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is well known for its foliage colors and every year, thousands of tourists come by to see the fall colors of the trees.

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The colorization is a complex function of temperature, humidity and wind during the weeks of early autumn. It's not easy to be in the right place at exactly the right time. It's only one and a half hours of driving from our home, but we haven't really had a perfect match during the last years.

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 However, visiting the Skyline Drive during fall is always a good idea and will most likely get you a bunch of nice pictures.

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Be warned, however, that it gets busy during the weekends. If you don't have the time to come on a Tuesday morning, be prepared to share the road with a lot of people, and even though there are dozens of overlooks, each of them will quickly be crowded. Assume waiting times at the entrance stations as well.

If there are too many people up there, you might be better off capturing a different set of impressions:

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Even if it's not what you had in mind before visiting, it would still be an accurate rendering of what's going on up there.
There are a number of web pages reporting the current status of the foliage colors. Just search for "skyline drive foliage colors" and you'll be directed to live web cams and to the National Park Service's fall color reports. A basic set of information about the Skyline Drive can be found here