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Fall foliage reports for WV, Ohio

October 14, 2018

That fall color is experiencing some technical difficulties.

The recent warm blast of summer-like weather has put the fall color on a bit of delay so leaf peepers still have several weeks to catch peak foliage throughout most of the region.

Here’s a look at the foliage scene in West Virginia and Ohio. Kentucky is no longer producing foliage reports.

West Virginia

THE FOLIAGE: Some yellow is starting to creep into the greens along W.Va. Route 2 in the Northern Panhandle, while the hillsides in north-central West Virginia are showing hints of red and yellow. But your best bet for fall color this weekend remains in the higher elevations of Grant, Tucker, Pendleton, Randolph and Pocahontas counties, where color ranges from 50 to 70 percent peak.

FEATURED COUNTRY ROAD TRIP: The West Virginia Tourism Office, in partnership with the West Virginia Division of Forestry, announced U.S. 219 and W.Va. 66 from Valley Head to Cass as the featured country road. This scenic drive through the Monongahela National Forest begins on U.S. 219 in Valley Head, running south to W.Va. 66 and east to the old logging town of Cass, where you can experience leaf peeping from the unique perspective of the rails. Board an antique steam engine at Cass Scenic Railroad for a leisurely climb up to Bald Knob, which offers spectacular views.

Lodging options in the area range from the restored company cottages at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park to modern condominiums at Snowshoe Mountain ski resort. Grab a bite to eat at The Last Run Restaurant in Cass or choose from several restaurants and pubs in Snowshoe.

If you extend your leaf-peeping to an overnight stay, pop over to the quaint community of Green Bank for a tour of the Green Bank Observatory, home of the world’s largest fully steerable radiotelescope.

FESTIVAL PICK: Head over to Lewisburg from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, as they are hosting

Carnegie Hall’s Taste of Our Towns (TOOT) in downtown Lewisburg. Join thousands of folks on the streets of historic downtown Lewisburg to sample delicacies from local restaurants, civic clubs and organizations. Yearly favorites include the General Lewis Inn’s pecan pie and Wolf Creek Gallery’s crab cakes. Don’t miss The Greenbrier’s wide array of gourmet treats from their exclusive restaurants.

There’s also live music, bouncy houses for the kids, fall festival games, pumpkin painting, street theater and a climbing wall. Cash is not accepted, so get your TOOT tokens early. If you’re in Lewisburg for TOOT, stop by for the after party, an Oktoberfest night at Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, with live music by Trillium, food vendors, family-friendly activities and some fresh brews from GBV Brewing.

ON THE WEB: As you set out on your leaf-peeping excursion, post and share your favorite road trip photos using the hashtag #AlmostHeaven. For weekly fall foliage updates and autumn travel inspiration, visit www.wvtourism.com/fall.

Ohio

THE FOLIAGE: Due to the warmer than normal temperatures, leaves are slowly starting their autumn color transformation, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

With cooler temperatures forecasted, those colors should soon appear statewide.“Some fall color is developing slowly in pockets around the state,” said ODNR fall color forester Greg Smith. “Make sure to plan a trip out to one of our many state parks, nature preserves or forests to see the colors of the season — where there are no admission or parking fees. State parks like Burr Oak and Mohican as well as preserves like Conkles Hollow are stunning on a normal day, but when these places are draped with beautiful fall color, the experience is breathtaking.”

As we head into Earth Science Week (Oct. 14-20), the ODNR Division of Geological Survey is hosting a number of hikes and educational events throughout the state. For more information on those events and Earth Science Week, go to bit.ly/earthscienceweek18.

FEATURED COUNTRY ROAD PICK: Head over to Ironton and take 93 north through the Wayne National Forest about an hour up to Route 56 west toward South Bloomingville and then roll north up Routes 664 and 374 to Conkles Hollow. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) invites the public to enjoy a fall color celebration at Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve the weekend of Oct. 13-14. Some of the best sights of the autumn season can be found at the preserves located in the Hocking Hills region. This open house styled event runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Oct.13-14. The 87-acre Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve is one of 136 state nature preserves and is best known for its spectacular views and deep gorge featuring cliffs of Black Hand Sandstone rising nearly 200 feet above the valley floor. Visitors to the event can explore 3.5 miles of trails, including the 1-mile accessible Gorge Trail and the 2.5-mile Rim Trail — one of the most scenic in the hills.

FESTIVAL PICK: The family-run Fuhrmann’s Orchards in Scioto County, Ohio, hosts its third annual Apple Fest and their 60th Anniversary/Customer Appreciation Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. Enjoy wagon tours into the orchard (where they grow more than 30 apple varieties), apple tasting, caramel apples, pumpkins, a corn maze, pumpkin painting and more.

Go online at https://www.facebook.com/fuhrmannorchard.

THE WEB: To help visitors find those special autumn activities in Ohio, the Office of Tourism Ohio has created a new landing page, ohio.org/fallidays.

ODNR and TourismOhio encourage people to take fall color photos and upload them to social media using the hashtag #OhioFall18 and #FallidaysinOhio. Follow @ohiodnr and @ OhioFindItHere on Twitter, Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Ohio. Find it Here. on Facebook and @ ohiodnr, @ohstateparks and @ ohiogram on Instagram to see more fall color photos.

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