Take This Gorgeous Fall Foliage Road Trip To See Virginia Like Never Before
With a bounty of beautiful foliage, fall is perhaps the season where Virginia shines the brightest. The crisp autumn air is an invitation to get outside, hop in the car, and meander down roads where the trees are beginning to explode into their colors. Luckily for us in Virginia, these leaves can be enjoyed in nearly every corner of the state. This particular trip centers around the Blue Ridge Mountains, whose altitude produces some of the most dramatic and magnificent display of the best fall foliage in Virginia. Here’s a road trip for you to make the most of the season. The duration of the trip (full map here) is approximately nine hours, so be sure to schedule plenty of time to make the most out of each stop.
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With plenty of bed & breakfasts along the way, this road trip to the best fall foliage in Virginia could make a wonderful weekend trip. There’s truly no wrong way to enjoy all that this fall season has to offer, so even if you can only make a few stops, the drive will provide plenty of memorable foliage. Enjoy the drive, and let us know what you think!
What is the best time to see peak fall foliage in Virginia?
Rejoice, Virginians! We’ve got plenty of time to see the peak fall foliage in Virginia. If you want to see the first leaves changing color in Virginia, visit the central part of the state where the peak fall foliage usually occurs around mid-October. Set off on a leisurely drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Shenandoah National Park for some of the earliest peak colors. (Think of it this way: The higher the elevation, the earlier the colors will peak in Virginia.) The rest of the state, however, usually sees peak fall foliage toward the end of October, sometimes even spilling into early November.
Where are the best places in Virginia to see fall foliage?
We can see the fall colors in Virginia in just about every corner of the state – from our own neighborhoods to spectacular spots like Shenandoah National Park. Not sure where to see the fall colors in Virginia? Start with a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, heading toward the Roanoke Valley. Admire the leaves changing color in Virginia at Grassy Hill Nature Preserve in Rocky Mount, Natural Bridge Park in Natural Bridge, and Swinging Bridge in Buchanan.
What are the best Virginia hikes to take in the fall?
Looking for things to do in the fall in Virginia? You’ll find a ton! If you like hiking, for example, set off on the Stony Man Mountain Trail that will lead you through Shenandoah National Park, which offers spectacular fall foliage. Other popular fall hikes in Virginia include Kane’s Creek Trail in Mason Neck State Park and The Potomac Trail in Leesylvania State Park.
If you’re not up for a hike, you’ll still find a ton to do during the autumn. For the perfect autumn day trip in Virginia, for example, visit Abington. The small Virginia town is home to the Virginia Creeper Trail, bursting with fall foliage, and to an assortment of quaint restaurants and shops.
A lifelong Virginia resident, Beth loves exploring different parts of the world and currently resides in Alexandria. She holds a degree in English Literature and one of her short stories has been featured in the Shenandoah Review. Other interests include hiking, songwriting, and spending time in the mountains.
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