Fall colors are at peak in the higher elevations of Virginia, according to Virginia.org. If you live close to the Blue Ridge Mountains or Allegheny Mountains, a fall leaf peeping trip should be on your calendar.
If you live in the eastern portion of Virginia, a short drive will bring you to the beautiful mountains of Virginia. The two most scenic roads to travel for fall leaf peeping are the Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The Skyline Drive is 105 miles long with a speed limit of 35 miles per hour. There are more than 75 scenic overlooks along the way.
In addition to driving the Skyline Drive, you can find lots of fall colors while hiking on the 500 miles of trails along the way, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail.
The Blue Ridge Parkway begins where the Skyline Drive ends near Waynesboro. The Parkway runs north to south into North Carolina. More than 200 miles of the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway are located in Virginia.
Like the Skyline Drive, you will find plenty of hiking trails just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Appalachian Trail runs beside the Parkway north of Roanoke.
The speed limit on the Blue Ridge Parkway is 45 miles per hour. Both the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive are best driven during the daytime when you can enjoy the beauty of the views.
Exit the Blue Ridge Parkway at Humpback Rocks, milepost 5.8, to visit a mountain farm exhibit. You'll also learn more about farm life at Johnson Farm, located at the Peaks of Otter exit, milepost 86.
At the visitor centers along the Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway, you can pick up brochures and books about hikes to take for the best views.
Hikes range from easy to difficult, with most somewhere in between. Your hike may take you to a beautiful waterfall or over giant boulders to superb views.
Dark Hollow Falls, near milepost 51, offers the shortest hike to a waterfall from Skyline Drive and is one of the most popular hikes. One the Blue Ridge Parkway, you won't want to miss Fallingwater Cascades National Scenic Trail at milepost 83.4.
Leaf peeping is a great way to celebrate October's beauty in Virginia. You can travel alone, with a partner or with your family and enjoy the views along the way.
Whether you're looking for a pretty afternoon drive or an adventure in the woods, Virginia's Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway will take you just where you want to be.