View From the Editor’s Desk: Highland County Autumn Leaves at Peak This Weekend
From my front door, it’s a 20-to-30-minute drive to the top of Shenandoah Mountain where Augusta County’s boundary bumps up against Highland County. It’s a trek that never grows old whether it’s maple syrup season in March, the lush green of summer, or even the cold blustery barren landscape of winter when hardly anyone is around.
The highlight of all the seasons, in my opinion, is autumn in Highland – one of the prettiest in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Because of its higher elevation and concentration of sugar maples, the show consists of a prolific mix of bright reds and oranges mingled with the yellows of poplars, hickory, and oaks, and the reds of black gums and dogwoods. It is a stunning display year after year after year.
If you’re ever able to visit, it is well worth the drive from wherever you are coming in from. It’s about the closest to the autumn colors of New England that can be found in Virginia. This year it again did not disappoint.
We journeyed over Shenandoah Mountain this weekend and, as usual, I took dozens of photos so here are a few from that spectacular day when temps were in the high 50s with mostly sunny skies and a sometimes-brisk breeze.
What an autumn wonderland we have in Virginia! Catch it while you can.
Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell, October 14, 2022