8 Foliage Photos That Will Make You Want to Plan a Trip to Shenandoah National Park

Plan a trip to Shenandoah National Park in the autumn.
Shenandoah Park Oct 20 2012 370 by: Kevin Kelley (CC)

With leaves displaying a palette of reds, oranges, and yellows and the air turning dry and crisp, autumn is the ideal time to plan a trip to Shenandoah National Park.

Stretching for 169 km (105 mi) along a mountain ridge and through colorful valleys below, Skyline Drive remains the park’s marquee attraction.

Stretching for 169 km (105 mi) along a mountain ridge and through colorful valleys below, Skyline Drive remains the park's marquee attraction. Image credit - Fall Color along Skyland Drive in Shenandoah National Park by: Stephen Little
Fall Color along Skyland Drive in Shenandoah National Park by: Stephen Little (CC)

 

Located at mile 56.4 on Skyline Drive, Bearfence Mountain offers some of the park’s finest vistas. Reach the main viewpoint via a 1.8-km (1.1-mi) roundtrip hike.

Bearfence Mountain
DSC_1734_edited by: Mark Levisay (CC)

 

Shenandoah National Park is known for its abundance of waterfalls. Although the flow of the park’s streams and rivers diminishes in autumn, Dark Hollow Falls still puts on a dramatic show.

Dark Hollow Falls
Dark Hollow Falls – HDR by: Nicolas Raymond (CC)

 

Old Rag Mountain challenges hikers with numerous rock scrambles before rewarding them with spectacular panoramas of the park. Crowding along the trail abates in fall, making it a great time for the hike.

Old Rag Mountain
The changing colors of autumn at Old Rag Mountain, Virginia by: kartografia (CC)

 

The 190-m (610-ft) Mary’s Rock Tunnel passes through Mary’s Rock Mountain, which serves up moderate hiking and striking views of the Shenandoah Valley.

Mary's Rock Tunnel
Gold Skyline Drive – HDR by: Nicolas Raymond (CC)

 

Skyland offers cozy accommodations and prime leaf peeping right inside the park.

Skyland Resort offers cozy accommodations and prime leaf peeping right inside the park. Image credit - Autumn Carpet by: Stanley Zimny (CC)
Autumn Carpet by: Stanley Zimny (CC)

 

Although Shenandoah remains one of the country’s most popular national parks, planning a trip here in fall offers better opportunities for solitude and a more colorful perspective of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Shenandoah National Park
Shenandoah Fall by: Ken Rowland (CC)
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Born, raised, and educated in idyllic New England surroundings, Steve has traveled to nearly three dozen countries across Europe, Asia, and North and South America. His nomadic past decade has included extended stints in Boston and Seattle, and he's called Belgrade, Serbia home for the past four years.
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