Virginia’s majestic landscape and numerous outdoor activities make the state perfect for an autumn getaway. Here are some of the best places to see the state’s beauty, and to enjoy the great outdoors.
Skyline Drive cuts through Shenandoah National Park and has some of the best mountain views east of the Mississippi. You’ll find trails for hiking, spots for camping, and plenty of pull-outs for leaf peeping along the drive. Keep your camera handy in case you spot any of the park’s wildlife along the way.
Located along the Blue Ridge Parkway, Mabry Mill offers a historical picture. The mill’s worn wood contrasts with the tree’s vibrant leaves, and the water can have a perfect reflection.
Come for a leisurely stroll, before a meal at the restaurant next to the mill. Mabry Mill Restaurant has something that’ll tempt everyone in your party. The mill is at Milepost 176.2 if you need a precise location, but you shouldn’t have any trouble finding it.
Humpback Rocks presents a short yet intense hike, providing a memorable adventure amidst the stunning fall colors of Virginia. The trail leads to breathtaking views from the summit, which is well worth the effort required to reach it.
If you’ve already hiked Old Rag and McAfee Knob, this is the next one to do. It’s equally well worth doing even if you haven’t seen those two more famous hikes yet. Just schedule this for a clear weather day, so you can see the seemingly endless mountains covered in fall foliage.
Great Falls Park
Shared between Virginia and Maryland, Great Falls Park along the Potomac River is full of rapids at this time of year. Kayakers, naturalists and hikers can all appreciate the rugged scenery here.
Take one of the more rigorous hikes if you’re up for it, and you’ll see many of the waterfalls that make this park so great.
Sherando Lake in Lyndhurst is often referred to as the jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The reflection of fall foliage on the water adds to the beauty of the recreation area, making it a perfect spot for an afternoon stroll or a camping trip.
As you explore the area, make sure to walk right along the shore for at least a little way. This is where you’ll best see the fall foliage reflected against the water.
The Omni Homestead Resort
For a luxurious getaway, The Omni Homestead Resort located in the Allegheny Mountains is one of their top perfect places to enjoy fall colors. People have been coming to the Omni Homestead since 1766, and you’ll see the rich history in the building’s architecture and decor.
The resort, known for its healing mineral waters, offers a rejuvenating experience that’s only enhanced when seeing fall foliage out the window. Make sure to take a dip in the pool, and maybe go to the spa, so you can enjoy those healing waters.
Blue Ridge Parkway
Dubbed “America’s Favorite Drive,” the Blue Ridge Parkway is particularly breathtaking in autumn. Stretching 469 miles, the parkway offers an array of natural wonders, with numerous spots to enjoy the fall foliage, hike or camp. Plan on spending some time along the drive, as you’ll want to get out and explore.
Whether you live in the state, are nearby, or are planning a trip, Virginia is picturesque, peaceful and fun to visit during the fall months. Come and see the reds, yellows and oranges that only enhance the state’s great outdoors.