Virginia is an ideal destination for an RV vacation this fall. Before the snows come, you really need to get away from it all and have a little time to relax and recoup. Driving an RV through the Virginia countryside and visiting some unique spots makes a vacation worth remembering.
Once you pick up your RV motorhome in Herndon, VA, you can travel to Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve in Loudoun County to experience a diversity of landscapes and some marvelous outdoor recreation. Hiking these trails takes you through an environment rich in plant life and teeming with wildlife. You’ll see fields, wetlands, forests and river habitats. It is an experience you won’t want to miss.
Another unique destination is the Leesburg Animal Park. If you have kids with you, the petting zoo is alive with bunnies, goats, pigs, sheep and much more. Of course, this zoo is not just for the children. Everyone loves to pet the animals and feed the llamas, deer and camels. Exotic animals are a treat too, with giant tortoises, zebras and lemurs. On weekends, ride a camel for one special adventure!
There are more than 1,800 acres with 17 miles of hiking trails in Sky Meadows State Park. You will also have an opportunity to go horseback riding on seven miles of bridle trails or take part in a history program this fall. Lots of scenic views too, as well as tons of wildlife – so don’t forget your camera! You won’t want to miss shots of your vacation time here.
The GR Thompson State Wildlife Management Area also should be on your itinerary. This is a place where outdoor recreation knows no bounds and wildlife are everywhere. In the fall you can do some turkey hunting, which is something everyone must do once in their lifetime! Explore the fields, the forests of mature oaks and white ash and streams running throughout. Thompson Lake is a great place to catch some smallmouth bass, catfish and bluegill. Every fall the hawks migrate through the region and provide quite a sight for bird watchers.
Although small, Whitney State Forest is worth a stop. You can hike more than six miles of trails in this 147-acre park. Changing colors make a lovely sight as you explore the area by foot. Many birds make their home here and you should watch out for one of the most beautiful – the scarlet tanager. Another lovely bird to catch a glimpse of is the rose-breasted grosbeak. Both these feathered creatures are colorful and certainly catch your attention.
As you head back to Herndon, Virginia and the D.C. area, you will know you have had one exciting and enlightening vacation in Virginia – one that is relatively unusual but one that has been very satisfying. It’s a time of fall beauty, outdoor fun and family bonding.