Fields of fire.
The name says it all.
And this coming weekend a tour will allow folks to see this special fall color for themselves, up close and personal.
Canaan Valley Resort State Park is offering a tour on Saturday of Dolly Sods’ vibrant foliage.
But it’s not just any fall foliage.
Low-growing bushes, including blueberry and huckleberry, have small leaves that turn a flame red each autumn.
They literally transform the windswept terrain into a sea of red that contrasts with other native species such as bracken ferns which turn a bright gold.
Now imagine all that color under a bright blue sky and sunshine.
It’s nothing short of spectacular, and explains why so many people make this annual autumn pilgrimage.
Everything begins and ends at the state park’s main lodge where participants will board a shuttle bus at 9 a.m. and return at 3 p.m.
A boxed lunch is part of the trip and guided tour.
Other activities will include live bird banding as well as plenty of time for taking photos of the breathtaking scenery.
Registration is $25 for adults and $15 for children (ages 6-12).
The event has been planned so that families, groups and individuals can take part in a reasonably-priced, nature-oriented activity, according to park officials.
Pre-registration is recommended, just call 304-866-4121, ext. 2788., or to check on availability of spaces.
Depending on public response, registration may also be available prior to the trip (from 7-8:30 a.m.) Saturday in the main lodge’s Beech Club.