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