RV Fall Foliage Vacation – Spectacular Virginia

Spectacular color changes paint the landscape every fall, especially in the State of Virginia! Take the time to take an RV fall foliage vacation in the Blue Ridge Mountains. You’ll be treated to fall colors against the beautiful backdrop of the mountains and valleys that were home to our founding fathers.

Starting in the Shenandoah Valley, just 20 miles from downtown Staunton lies the entrance to both the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive. These scenic routes make for a great driving tour offering scenic overlooks with breathtaking mountain views ideal for photo ops and picnics. They also provide access to a number of the area’s most popular hiking destinations for all ages and abilities. From Skyline Drive try Blackrock Summit, a geological wonder that’s an easy 1-mile loop. From the summit of boulder-strewn Blackrock enjoy views that extend for miles in multiple directions.

Fall Foliage Viewing RV Trips

Fall Foliage Viewing RV Trips

From the Blue Ridge Parkway, try Humpback Rocks; a challenging two-mile hike offering amazing views from the top of this popular rock outcropping. For those looking for an easy leg-stretcher start at the Humpback Visitor Center and take the Mountain Farm Trail (.25 mile) leading to the Outdoor Farm Museum where you can tour a 19th century log cabin and outbuildings complete with costumed interpreters providing demonstrations of subsistence farmers. Another nearby hike, Catoctin Trail, starts at the Humpback Rocks picnic area and is an easy walk (.3 mile) leading you to an overlook of the Shenandoah Valley. Spend the afternoon discovering the region’s flora and fauna culminating in a picnic lunch. On your way back to Staunton stop in at Stable Craft Brewing for brews and light bites. Experience a true working farm brewery as you take a behind scenes tour, see the hop fields, and visit with the horses

But that is not your only choice for driving to see the beautiful leaves changing. Here is a list of other options around Virginia you may consider.

More Scenic Fall Drives in Virginia

  1. Mountains 2 Main Streets Fall
  2. LeafPeeping on Skyline Drive.
  3. Find Your Passion Along the Blue Ridge Mountains.
  4. AutumnSplendor in the Cabin Capital of Virginia.
  5. Follow the Apple Trail this Fallin Winchester.
  6. Autumnat Skyland Resort.
  7. From the Bridge to the Ridge.

For more information about these wonderful visual treats, visit the Virginia website here.

Fall Foliage Campground Choices:

Virginia offers a host of different options for camping with your RV. The Virginia State Parks, voted “America’s Best,” have campgrounds in 28 of its parks. They’re open the first Friday in March until the first Monday in December.

Virginia also has a range of National Parks and National Forests to choose from. Check out Shenandoah National Park, which is open for primitive back country camping, if that is your style. Also, about 549 miles of the Appalachian Trail runs through Virginia; 107 miles of it is in Shenandoah National Park. The trail here is well-maintained, excellent for beginning hikers. Enjoy an abundance of wildlife and beautiful mountain vistas. Many folks camp in the woodlands off the trail.

Campgrounds along Skyline Drive include Big Meadows, Mathews Arm, Lewis Mountain, Loft Mountain and a group-only campground, Dundo. Park Rangers oversee all the campgrounds, which are recommended for families with little ones and less experienced campers.

Prince William Forest Park features tent and RV camping for six campers per site at its Oak Ridge Campground, which is open all year. Travel Trailer Village is for RVs only, and Turkey Run Ridge Group Campground is for seven or more campers per group.

George Washington & Jefferson National Forests flow together along the Appalachian Mountains in Virginia. About 2,000 miles of hiking trails, including 330 miles of the Appalachian Trail, are major attractions, as well as lakes, ponds and streams for swimming, boating and fishing galore! See their website here for more information.

Another popular attraction is the Virginia Creeper Trail for biking and hiking.

One of the most popular family campgrounds is Sherando Lake Recreation Area, which features 65 family campsites as well as a sandy beach swimming area!

Enjoy the spectacle of fall foliage from the comfort of your RV. To rent an RV for the Fall Leaves Spectacular, visit either of our rv rental locations at Baltimore or Louisville.

Plan to stop and visit some historic places along your way or on your return. You can also rent an El Monte RV at one of these locations and return it to the other if you have time for a longer trip.

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