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September 12, 2022

Best Fall Day Trips in Virginia

Fall in Virginia is unforgettable. From the crisp evenings and clear, sunny days, to the blooming of colors, to the amazing trips around the state to soak it all in, there’s no denying the magic of this special time of year. It’s the time to get out of your daily routine, explore what our beautiful state has to offer, and make memories to last a lifetime. Here are our favorite fall trips from Richmond/Fredericksburg and from Smithfield, VA. Whether you have a weekend, a week, or no time limits at all, put these places on your must-visit list this fall. 

Day Trips From Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Smithfield, VA 


Shenandoah National Park 

These 200,000 acres of protected lands in the southern Appalachians are home to deer, songbirds, wild blackberries, waterfalls, fields of wildflowers, and unlimited enjoyment. Everyone in the family will find something to love: for the active there here's day hiking, backcountry camping, and guided horseback rides. For the kids there is a junior ranger program, and for history buffs and environmental enthusiasts there are tours and educational programs. A must-do is a leisurely drive along Skyline Drive through the national park, which affords vibrant fall views, with many overlooks along the way where you can pull over and appreciate the them even more.

Luray & Page County 

With over 400 cabins to rent and nestled between the Blue Ridge and Massanutten Mountains, Page County is known as the "Cabin Capital of Virginia." Cabin lodging ranges from primitive to upscale, with everything in between. There are also quaint inns, bed and breakfasts, campgrounds, and local luxury hotels so you can create any type of experience you wish. Whether you look forward to wearing a tie and jacket to an elegant dinner, or prefer to discover the best mom and pop restaurants in the region, Page County has all the options you crave. Come and enjoy the locally-owned shops, flea markets, antique stores, gift shops, home decor stores, and free community events throughout the fall.

Blue Ridge mountains.

Blue Ridge Parkway 

One of the most scenic drives in America, the Blue Ridge Parkway runs from Virginia to North Carolina with some of the most stunning views this side of the Mississippi, especially in the fall. The northernmost Ridge section of the parkway is the closest to Richmond, running through the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests and between Milepost 0 and Milepost 106. Along the way you’ll find rolling pastures, historic and actively operating agricultural sites, and a recreated mountain farm that offers a glimpse of early American settlements. There's always something to do and see along the parkway — stay for a night in a mountain lodge, explore local arts & crafts and shopping, or plan to attend a fun festival or event. Be sure to make time for the numerous restaurants, breweries, vineyards, and orchards along the way. 

Apple Picking in Winchester

The city of Winchester, VA and its surrounding areas are known for their bountiful pick-your-own farms, markets, and orchards. Apples are an early fall favorite at places like Marker-Miller Orchards, Rinker Orchards, and West Oaks Farm Market. Throughout the fall season there are also pumpkin patches, hayrides, corn mazes, haunted houses, baked goods, and so much more for the entire family to enjoy in this beautiful part of Virginia. 


Mathews County & the Chesapeake Bay 

First and foremost, get out on the water and enjoy the Chesapeake Bay! Fall temperatures are mild, breezy, and sunny during the day, perfect to enjoy kayaking, fishing, sailing, or just strolling along the waterfront parks where you can catch glimpses of local birds and wildlife. Soak up the amazing work of local artists in the many galleries and studios, learn about the rich history of the area dating back to 1635 by visiting museums and historical landmarks, and fill up on good food at numerous restaurants and farmers markets.

Clarksville & Lake Country 

Clarksville, VA is an outdoor enthusiast's dream.  Here, you can escape everyday life and feel at total peace. Occoneechee State Park features 20 miles of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding, the visitors center teaches about the park’s Native American history, and Buggs Island Lake offers ample opportunities to fish and boat. Stay overnight in a cabin or a yurt, and enjoy all of the park’s facilities and amenities. At the end of an adventure-filled day, pay a visit to Buggs Island Brewing for a locally-brewed cold one, or Cooper's Landing Inn, where you can soak tired muscles in the hot tub and enjoy casual fine dining and the refreshing fall weather on an expansive outdoor patio. 

If these adventure-filled day trips sound like ones you’d like to experience over and over again, come visit Cornerstone Homes’ award-winning, 55+ new home communities in Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Smithfield, where the low-maintenance lifestyle means you can get out and explore the state whenever, and for however long, you’d like.

For more information on our active adult communities please contact us at 804-215-0766. 

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