Thousands of acres of fall foliage are calling you to Virginia’s Blue Ridge this autumn. The scenic drive to get here will take your breath, and the hikes deliver incredible views, but some wanderers are anxious for a unique perspective. We understand. 

If water is your soul element, head over to Where to See Fall Colors on the Water in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. Adrenaline junkies, these five off-road adventures are sure to get your heart pumping.

1. Potts Mountain Jeep Road | New Castle


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Tackling difficult terrain with sweeping views at the top of Craig County’s highest mountain is an awesome way to spend a day, and we’re only given so many days to take advantage of the incredible show of fall color. 

Come equipped to try this trail, as deep ruts and mud holes are par for the course. Trying it without a modified vehicle is not a great idea.

>> Also See: 10 Epic Outdoor Adventures in Virginia’s Blue Ridge

2. Ziplining at Mountain Lake Lodge | Pembroke 

As long as you have at least a 55” standing reach, you can swing from the treetops at Mountain Lake Lodge in Pembroke. That means kids can fly through like the monkeys do, too! Zip along from point to point, check out the sky bridges and rope bridges, and do it all with stunning hues of orange, yellow, and red around you.

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W. E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake | Wirtz

3. RTV Riding at Primland Resort | Meadows of Dan

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A nice portion of Primland’s 12,000 acres are at your disposal, and seeing the foliage at 2,800 feet is a nice perk, too. Guests of the resort are encouraged to peep the leaves in a multitude of ways, but on a Recreational Terrain Vehicle (RTV) is especially fun. Feel free to bring your own equipment or rent one of theirs, but know that you will be guided along the trails to ensure your safety and protect the land.

4. Horseback Riding at Horseshoe Creek Stable | Roanoke

Miles of trails on the Greer family farm deliver the fall foliage views you’ve been seeking. Take it all in from the back of a horse. Experienced and novice riders are welcome to enjoy the slower pace of trailriding across streams and up and down the mountains.

5. Virginia Dare Cruises | Moneta


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Your adrenaline will not likely peak on a Smith Mountain Lake cruise, but your jaw, on the other hand, is quite likely to drop. Take in the foliage on a sightseeing cruise with lunch daily or dinner Monday through Saturday. Children are welcome to come along and enjoy the ride.

>> Also See: Guide to Boat Rentals at Smith Mountain Lake

Help us showcase a #BlueRidgeDay by sharing your fall foliage photos on Instagram. To pinpoint an ideal time to head our way for an adventure, check out the color forecast. Hint: It’s RIGHT NOW!