Fall in Virginia
Fall in Virginia - a magical time of year when 15 million acres of foliage burst into color, offering a stunning backdrop for outdoor adventures, farm tours, harvest festivals and other fall classics. Visit www.FallinVirginia.org to start planning a Virginia fall getaway.
Leaf Peepers Playground
With more than 15 million acres of foliage and 2,500 miles of scenic drives, Virginia provides the perfect backdrop to witness the colorful transformation that fall brings. The colors typically peak in western Virginia in early October and move through Coastal Virginia by mid-November. To make planning easy, weekly foliage reports are posted to www.FallinVirginia.org starting early September.
Parks and Natural Wonders
Fall is an ideal time to get out and play as the weather is mild and the scenery is vibrant with color. Virginia's state parks, national parks and protected forests offer respites for hiking, biking, climbing and paddling through the foliage.
The Blue Ridge Parkway, which follows the Appalachian Mountain chain for 469 miles, provides spectacular scenery with elevation reaching 6,000 feet in certain areas. Highlights of the Blue Ridge Parkway include scenic overlooks, historic structures, walking trails, wildlife and waterfalls. One visit to the parkway illustrates its designation as "America's Most Scenic Drive."
The beauty of unspoiled nature is breathtaking in the Shenandoah Valley. Hike to one of nine waterfalls, have a picnic, watch wildlife, or just sit at one of 75 overlooks and photograph the bright mountain vistas at Shenandoah National Park. Then visit Luray Caverns, the largest caverns in the Eastern USA, where stalactites and stalagmites have formed a beautiful underground world, and Natural Bridge, one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
Head southwest to the Heart of Appalachia, a region rich in beauty, culture and history, and visit the "Grand Canyon of the South" at Breaks Interstate National Park. Located on the Virginia/Kentucky border, Breaks is one of only two Interstate Parks in the country, encompassing 4,500 acres of greenwood lands and mountain scenery. Home to the largest canyon east of the Mississippi, and reaching more than five miles long and 1,600 feet deep, the park offers many amenities a lake with paddleboats and fishing, hiking trails, camping areas, cabins, and a full-service lodge.
Cumberland Gap National Park is a historic mountain pass used by wildlife, Native Indian tribes and later by settlers, including Daniel Boone. Today the park has numerous scenic and historic features and park and ranger led programs offered throughout the year.
Virginia's Farms and Festivals
Fall in Virginia heightens the senses as sights, smells and tastes of autumn are all around. Visit Virginia farms and harvest festivals to reap the benefits of nature’s bounty. Apples, peanuts and pumpkins are only a few of the tasty treats the Virginia countryside provides. Pick the freshest local produce and delight in hay rides, corn mazes and pumpkin patches.
Spooky Side of Fall
Virginia ranks at the top of the Haunted Places list from the National Register of Haunted Locations, with nearly 70 spooky sites claiming paranormal happenings! Many of Virginia's towns and cities offer ghosts and haunts tours. Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion and Howl-O-Scream at Bush Gardens Williamsburg will get the blood boiling for adrenaline junkies. For something a bit tamer, visit Colonial Williamsburg where tales of haunted places and spellbinding legends provide a spooky and educational way to learn about life in the Colonial area. Fairs and Festivals
To start planning a Virginia getaway this fall, visit www.FallinVirginia.org or call 1-800-932-5827 to request a free copy of the Virginia is for Lovers Travel Guide.
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Note to media: www.FallinVirginia.org is the official fall tourism site for the Commonwealth of Virginia and is updated annually on August 1. For planning purposes prior to the update of the fall site, visit www.Virginia.org.