Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons, and in Virginia especially that rings true. With the air changing from humid to crisp and the temperatures dropping, Virginia is one of the best places in the country to enjoy all that fall has to offer!
When people think fall, one of the first things that comes to mind is the changing colors of the leaves. And several places in Virginia rank amongst the top in the country to view the ever changing colors of fall!
If you’re looking for stunning views and fall foliage, look no further than the Shenandoah National Park. This beauty includes the 105-mile long Skyline Drive, a National Scenic Byway. There are over 500 miles of hiking trails, tons of waterfalls, and even mountain summits!
Next up is James River State Park! If you love the mountains but the water is more your thing, this is the place for you. James River State Park has more than 1,500 acres of rolling farm meadows and three miles of river frontage. There are 15 miles of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Enjoy the mountains and the water at this beautiful Virginia treasure.
Last but not least to visit and enjoy the leaves changing colors is Natural Bridge State Park! It’s a 215-foot tall limestone gorge, that was carved out by Cedar Creek. In addition to the beautiful scenery, the park features beautiful forests, rolling meadows, six miles of hiking trails, and much more!
People love to take the opportunity during the fall to escape the grind of work and school during the week- so we have to mention weekend getaways perfect for fall!
First up we have Northern Virginia Wine Country. Loudoun County in NOVA is home to 40 world-class wineries, making it a go-to place for travelers from all over Virginia to experience Virginia’s wine scene. Loundon even has its own wine trail guide, so you can custom plan your own wine tour! Cheers!
Charlottesville is up next. It’s rich in both history and architecture! A little known fact? Charlottesville is also known for the Monticello Wine Trail, which is also known as the Birthplace of American Wine! While you’re getting your wine on, also plan visits to University of Virginia and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.
The Eastern Shore is a fabulous place for a fall getaway! Start at Kiptopeke State Park, then make sure to visit the wild ponies at both Chincoteague and Assateague. Check out the port town of Cape Charles, and don’t forget to partake in some delicious local seafood during your travels!
Something that is first thought of when it comes to summer, but it’s just as fun in the fall- is camping!! And Virginia has some great camping spots.
The Beth page Camp Resort located in Urbanna, Virginia was just voted best RV resort in the nation for the 3rd time!!
Cave Mountain Lake is a beautiful 7 acre lake surrounded by mountains! The perfect intimate camping spot.
Last but not least we have the Wilderness Road Campground. The park is centered on Cumberland Gap, which is a break in the Appalachian Mountains. You can park your RV or pitch your tent at the campground, and explore the park’s rich history from your car or from hiking trails!
There is also an array of fall activities to do in Virginia. Here are some of our favorites: First up we have the Greenbrier farms pumpkin patch and haunted attractions.
Historic Greenbrier Farms is located off the beaten path in Chesapeake, Virginia- and they have something for everyone, during just about every season! Their pumpkin patch in the fall is unmatched, with everything from small pumpkin pie pumpkins, to huge gourds in an array of beautiful colors. Don’t forget to hop on the hayride to get to the fields!
Next up we have Carter Mountain Orchard for another fall staple- apple picking!! Apples are such a huge part of the culture in the western part of Virginia, that many of the colleges and universities even participate in “Apple Day”- where they send buses of students to Carter mountain orchard to pick apples, and then celebrate upon their return with a fall fest! Check out Carter mountain orchard’s website for their fall calendar of events.
The Harvest fair at Hunt Club Farm is another big pumpkin patch and fall celebration located in Virginia Beach, Virginia! Pick your pumpkins, visit with the animals, and make sure to check out their variety of locally grown produce and other goods at the store!
Last but not least, Bergey’s Barnyard is the perfect place to visit with your family on a fall day! Get up close and personal with the animals, while they roam the fully functional farm! The petting zoo is the perfect place for kids to learn all about animals on the farm- and also to hold baby piglets!
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