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Here’s When Fall Foliage Will Peak Around the DMV

It's time to peep some leaves.

Sunrise at Shenandoah National Park.

Sweater weather is approaching, and with it the gorgeous fall foliage that almost makes the decreasing daylight and possible Seasonal Affective Disorder worth it. If you’re trying to plan a trip into the mountains or an autumnal photoshoot, has you covered.

Their sliding peak foliage tracker predicts when the leaves will be their most colorful in any given area. While it looks like most of eastern West Virginia and western Maryland have already peaked, there’s still plenty to see:

Staunton: October 12

Luray: October 12

Winchester: October 12

Rappahannock County: October 19

Mount Vernon: October 19

Charlottesville: October 19.

Shenandoah National Park: October 19.

Old Rag Mountain: October 19

Harper’s Ferry: October 26

Great Falls Park: October 26

Frederick: October 26

DC Arboretum: October 26.

Rock Creek Park: October 26.


Jane Recker
Assistant Editor

Jane is a Chicago transplant who now calls Cleveland Park her home. Before joining Washingtonian, she wrote for Smithsonian Magazine and the Chicago Sun-Times. She is a graduate of Northwestern University, where she studied journalism and opera.