Where to see fall foliage near Richmond

Whether you want to walk outside to see the leaves, or are down for a day trip, we’ve got you covered with how to enjoy all the autumnal colors.

A view of the river and colorful fall foliage from a drone south of the river

Fall foliage will likely peak in the middle of October.

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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

Monument Avenue is one of Richmond’s most scenic pedestrian-friendly roads, and the stretch from Interstate 195 down Franklin to Monroe Park is particularly beautiful in the fall. Areas like the Fan, Ginter Park, and the University of Richmond are also hotspots for fall colors. You can also wander through Byrd, Bryan, or Forest Hill Park, or set up a picnic at Maymont.

🍂 Hit the river

There are plenty of chances to enjoy the autumn leaves from along the James. Walk or run along the trails that make up the James River Park System, take a bike ride on the Capital Trail, or visit Hollywood Cemetery or the Oregon Hill Overlook for a view from above.

An aerial shot of fall foliage in the fan

The Fan turns into an autumnal wonderland sometime late in every October.

🍂 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 some of the most scenic views Virginia has to offer. There’s also York River State Park and 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, Damascus, 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.

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