Where to see the Leaves in VirginiaVirginia is one of the best places in the country for scenic vistas any time of year, but fall places a certain magic on its rolling hills, serene valleys, enchanting forests and sublime mountains. It is easy to find a beautiful view of the fall leaves, as Virginia has retained its woodsy state even in its urban areas, as seen in this view from a Dwel @ Ovation apartment. Keep reading for a few of our favorite ways to experience fall in Virginia...
Great Falls Park
Right in our backyard, Great Falls Park is the perfect place to head if you don’t want to drive long, yet still want to feel like you’re a world away. The rustling of golden leaves and the rushing of the falls will fill your ears as you take in the majestic views, transporting you to a place of tranquil awe. The park recommends a few overlooks for the best views of the falls. This 800-acre park boasts 15 miles of trails for hiking, biking or horseback riding - pick up trail maps at the park - so you have your pick of ways to cruise through the woodsy trails as they turn from green to a deep crimson.
Skip the crowds at Old Rag and hike instead to the summit of nearby Robertson Mountain, often overlooked even though it offers some of the best fall vistas in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Robertson Mountain is a relatively easy hike to reach its rocky summit (about 7 miles roundtrip), and from there you will be rewarded with vibrant, sweeping views of White Oak Canyon, Old Rag and Hawksbill Mountain.
Begin in Warrenton
Scenic Route 211 begins in Warrenton and makes a winding path all the way to Timberville, nearly 70 miles of everlasting beautiful fall countryside. Don’t be intimidated, for this is an activity-packed 70 mile stretch of road. Before you hit the road, stop by the famed Red Truck Bakery for some pastries and treats. Along the way, take a break at one of the seven vineyards dotting the rolling hills, visit the quaint and elegant Inn at Little Washington, the artists’ haven of Sperryville, go on a tour of Luray Caverns or take in a quiet moment at a historic battlefield. Route 211 also bypasses the main entrance of Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive...
Begin in Front Royal
The behemoth of breathtaking fall vistas, Skyline Drive is a 105-mile scenic highway that runs along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains the entire length of Shenandoah National Park, from Front Royal to Rockfish Gap. Make stops along the way to hike to a summit or drive to an overlook. Make a weekend out of it by pitching a tent at one of the numerous campsites or staying in a historic lodge. Gaze at the stars or watch a ‘fog ocean’ roll over the mountain valleys. The options are endless as you drive along this backcountry paradise, kept company all the while by the forests of trees heading to their yearly slumber in shades of gold, orange and red.