West Virginia Releases 2022 Fall Foliage Map
The West Virginia Department of Tourism has released a fall foliage map that predicts peak color in areas of the state. Created with data reports from the West Virginia Division of Forestry, the map shows that the Allegheny Mountains, which include scenic destinations like Blackwater Falls State Park and Monongahela National Forest, are expected to peak first late. september.
The rest of the state is expected to gradually peak throughout October. Major recreation areas like Tygart Lake State Park and Coopers Rock State Forest are expected to peak early this month, Cedar Creek and Lost River State Park in the middle, and the recreation area Gauley River National Park, New River Gorge National Park, and Watoga State Park should see the brightest bursts of color as Halloween approaches.
The Ministry of Tourism also announced that it has a live leaf map to track foliage throughout the season.
The Damascus Trail Center opens on Saturday
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and the City of Damascus, Southwest Virginia, announced that the new Damascus Trail Center will officially open to the public this Saturday, August 27 at 10 a.m. The center will serve as an outpost for trail stewardship with exhibits and programs. for volunteers and visitors, as well as information on local attractions and recreation areas, backcountry skills, conservation practices and training.
“Damascus has always been an iconic part of the Appalachian Trail experience, so it’s hard to imagine a more appropriate location for the new Trail Center,” said Sandra Marra, President and CEO of ATC. . “We are thrilled to work with the city to ensure the Damascus Trail Center provides opportunities for hikers, cyclists and adventurers of all ages and experience levels to better enjoy and care for our irreplaceable great outdoors.”
The Trail Center’s location is right in the heart of downtown Damascus, positioning it near the area’s most iconic trails, including the Appalachian Trail, Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, and Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail. Starting tomorrow, the Trail Center will be open Thursday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Events celebrating the grand opening begin today and include the following:
- Friday, August 26 at 6 p.m. – Run Damascus Fun Run 5K
- Friday, August 26 at 7 p.m. – Beaverdam Friday Jams with Beth Snapp Band
- Saturday, August 27, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Farmers Market
- Saturday, August 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Damascus Trail Center activities including partner expo, nature walks, and gear giveaways from Allyn “Fix it Man” Morton
Cover photo: The Damascus Trail Center. Photo courtesy of the City of Damascus.