The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the best places to see fall colors in Virginia’s Blue Ridge.
With multiple access points, scenic overlooks, and a great network of trails for hiking and biking, the Blue Ridge Parkway, which is maintained by the National Park Service, offers amazing outdoor adventures and stunning views during the fall season.
A portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia's Blue Ridge is currently closed for road maintenance and repairs. The road is closed from Milepost 121.4 to 135.9 as crews complete repairs at Milepost 127.9.
The anticipated completion of the repair project is spring 2023.
Learn More: National Park Service News Release (9/20/22) >
As the temperatures get cooler and the leaves begin to change colors, the Blue Ridge Parkway becomes decorated with incredible landscapes full of gorgeous red, yellow, and orange trees and mountains.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is regularly named one of the best roads in the United States for a drive through the fall colors, and it’s also a world-class route for road cycling and motorcycle touring.
The Virginia’s Blue Ridge region typically reaches peak fall color season from mid-to-late October through early November, which is the best time to plan your visit to see gorgeous fall foliage. Due to the size of the region and changes in elevation, peak fall color will occur at various times in different locations, with higher elevations traditionally seeing peak color first.
As a 469 mile road that makes its way through Virginia & North Carolina, the Blue Ridge Parkway passes through many towns and communities. Roanoke and Virginia’s Blue Ridge is the largest metropolitan area along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia, offering over 1,000 miles of trails for outdoor recreation, as well as an exciting collection of local attractions, special events, things to do, and lots of options for overnight accommodations.
It’s the perfect destination to serve as the base for your fall getaway to the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Virginia’s Blue Ridge offers convenient access to nearly 80 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway, with eight different entry points between Milepost 86 to Milepost 165. Map of the Blue Ridge Parkway in VBR >
The following are some of the best outdoor activities to enjoy during the fall season on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia's Blue Ridge.
Spend time at the many scenic overlooks along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia’s Blue Ridge and have your camera ready to capture some incredible fall photos. Many of the designated overlooks offer parking lots and spaces where you can get out of your vehicle to take in the views and stretch your legs, as well as some that feature spaces for picnics and trail access.
The following are some of the best overlooks and viewing areas in Virginia’s Blue Ridge for great views of fall colors:
Many of the best hiking trails for seeing fall colors in Virginia’s Blue Ridge are located on or near the Blue Ridge Parkway. Lace up your boots and check out the following hiking trails & trail systems.
As America’s East Coast Mountain Biking Capital and home to Virginia’s Blue Ridge Twenty24 Pro Cycling Team, a visit to Virginia’s Blue Ridge should always include some exploring on two wheels, particularly when looking for fall colors on the Blue Ridge Parkway, which you can see in the following locations:
Be surrounded by fall colors when you go camping or stay at the overnight accommodations along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. The following campgrounds and lodging options are located near the Parkway.
When you're not checking out the fall colors along the Blue Ridge Parkway, take advantage of the many charming small towns and vibrant cities located within close proximity of America's Favorite Drive.
Experience the scenic beauty and history of the Town of Buchanan in Botetourt County, explore the local museums and shops in Downtown Roanoke, the unique restaurant and craft beverage scene in the Town of Vinton, and the classic traditions of live music in the Town of Floyd.
Start planning your next metro mountain adventure in Virginia's Blue Ridge.