Peak leaf season has arrived in the Roanoke Valley

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — It’s peak leaf-peeping season in the Roanoke Valley, and many people are happy about it.

“It’s the best time of year to get out here on the trails,” said traveler Sarah Jones. “It’s beautiful.”

“Everywhere you look, different color trees, different color leaves, it’s just perfect,” Roanoke resident Michael Herron said.

Virginia Tech professor of tree biology, John Seiler, says the reason for the beautiful colors is because of the soil.

“We’ve had good soil moisture conditions throughout the whole summer and the fall,” the professor said.

In other words, this is a good fall foliage season for leaf watchers.

According to Roanoke resident Sarah Mayer, “It’s only here for a few weeks. So, you got to catch it while it’s here.”

Experts say the best way to enjoy the fall colors is to stop and look up.

“Those leaves act as color filters coming into your eyes balls, and the light just looks completely different,” said Seiler.

If you don’t want to walk, go for a drive.

“What you want is a winding road because that is constantly changing the direction of the mountains facing,” Seiler recommended. “That changes the type of trees you see. We have a high tree diversity here, and crazy spectrum color.”

To experience the fall color, you don’t have to travel far.

“I encourage people to take advantage of it. You don’t have to go up into New England or Vermont,” said Seiler. “I think we have the better fall color season than up there because of all the different trees species.”

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