We’re still a few weeks away from peak fall foliage in Virginia, but don’t leaf your planning until its too late. Here’s a guide to where to watch the leaves change based on how close to home you want to stay.
Bonus: Check out this map from Virginia Tourism to learn when fall foliage is expected to peak. For our region, it’s mid October.
🍂 Stay in the city
Take a walk down Monument Avenue, wander through Byrd, Bryan, or Forest Hill Park, or set up a picnic at Maymont. Bike or walk along the Capital Trail or visit Hollywood Cemetery.
More spots: James River Park, UR, Ginter Park neighborhood
🍂 Down for a day trip
Pocahontas State Park is a quick getaway, just south of the Chesterfield Airport. Head west to High Bridge Trail State Park (~1 hr drive) or Natural Bridge State Park (~2 hr drive) for scenic views.
More spots: York River State Park, Powhatan State Park
🍂 Camp out
Immerse yourself in autumn by spending a night or two under the stars at Shenandoah National Park (~1.5 hr drive) or book a stay in a small town known for nature like Abingdon, Bedford, or Farmville.
You better be-leaf Virginia Tourism has more recommendations. If you’re an autumn expert, let us know where you go to see the best fall foliage.