September 8, 2016    //    James Feist
Don’t you just love fall?! Whether it’s the warmth of a crackling fire on an autumn night, a visit to a pumpkin patch or the spectacular displays of changing colors on the trees… there is something about this time of year that makes it special. Now that school is back in session and Labor Day has come and passed, it’s safe to full-heartedly begin our autumn excursions! Don’t fret about the end of summer, because fall in the Alexandria area typically has plenty of days with summer-like weather to complement fall fun. Make sure to check out these 15 Great Places for Fall Colors around Alexandria for great suggestions on where to explore!
As you will see in the following pictures, the trees in the area have just begun to change. When it comes to the timing and intensity of the fall colors, there are many things to consider from precipitation, to sunshine, wind and more. Typically the best times to see fall colors in the Alexandria area are from mid/late September to early October. Last year the colors were fantastic well into October! We will post more color updates periodically through the season to help you plan your best time to explore! The following pictures were taken over the first weekend in September:
One of the earliest signs of fall are the sumac changing bright red around the area. Many clusters of sumac have been changed since late August, especially along the Central Lakes Trail.