Fall Color In Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

For residents of Virginia, we are coming up on the most spectacular time of the year.  As the weather begins to change, the leaves begin to change, too, turning our always beautiful area into a state awash with vibrant color.

One of the best places to see this is Skyline Drive, in the Shenandoah National Park. About 2 hours from Reston (and closer from many parts of Northern Virginia), the Shenandoah Valley is known for its amazing display of Fall color. This 105 mile long stretch of road gives visitors a chance to see the foliage along the length of the road from the comfort of their vehicles. This makes it a great outing for people of all different ages and in all different states of physical conditions.

The National Park Service has a website that provides a lot of great information to help in planning your visit to this area. One of the features I just found out about, however, are webcams that allow you to peak at both the color changes and the traffic conditions along the Parkway (a warning, you won't be the only person who wants to spend some time surrounded by this spectacular color display).

I have heard that this year (2010) the Park Service is expecting peak color around the second week in October.  Usually the weeks on either side of the peak color time, are great time to visit, too. Right now, the NPS is reporting the leaves to be at about 25% of peak color.

Directions to Skyline Drive from the Beltway (495) in Northern Virginia:

  • Exit 49 to I-66 West 
  • Exit 13  and  left onto Apple Mountain Rd.
  • Right at John Marshall Hwy.
  • Left onto S Royal Ave.
  • Left onto Browntown Rd 
  • Left on Stonewall Jackson Hwy.
  • After about 0.3 miles, veer right to where the byway begins.

Expect the trip to Skyline Drive to take about 2 hours form Northern Virginia. How long it takes you to drive depends on the traffic and your own schedule.

An alternative to Skyline Drive is the Blue Ridge Parkway. More information about the Blue Ridge Parkway can be found at the National Park Service Website, Blue Ridge Parkway. http://www.nps.gov/blri/faqs.htm

 

If you like what you've read, please consider subscribing to my blog by clicking on the Orange RSS button and following the instructions. Thanks!

 Momentum Realty

A GREAT Real Estate  experience.

If I can help you, your friends or family buy or sell their next home in Northern Virginia, please let me know!

If you need help with a home outside of Northern Virginia, I have an extensive network of referral agents and will make sure you are working with the best!

The contents of this blog may not be copied or reproduced without the permission of Holly Weatherwax.

 

 

Save

Comment balloon 1 commentHolly Weatherwax • October 11 2010 10:50AM
Fall Color In Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
share
For residents of Virginia, we are coming up on the most spectacular time of the year As the weather begins to change, the leaves begin to change, too, turning our always beautiful area into a state awash with vibrant color. One of the best places… more
A Variety of Housing Styles and Price Points in Reston, VA
share
Reston, Virginia a suburb of the Washington D. C. metro area, is a planned community The original plan for Reston included a variety of housing types to accommodate both different lifestyles and economic diversity Over the years, Reston… more
Get Off the Phone and Drive! Another Specific Example
share
(FYI, this is not intended to be a rant, more like a campaign) I just returned from a run near my home in Reston, VA. As I got closer to my neighborhood, I was standing at an intersection waiting for the cross walk indicator. In front of me… more
Oktoberfest This Weekend (10/8-10/10/10) at the Reston Town Center,…
share
It is supposed to be beautiful this weekend in Reston, Virginia. With temperatures in the 80s, it will be a great weekend to get out and attend Oktoberfest at the Reston Towncenter Sponsored by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce this… more
First Time Home Buyers--Who Will Be Living There?
share
In the Washington D. C. Metro area, and specifically Northern Virginia, the search for a first home can be a particular challenge. Single family homes are often out of reach for all but the most successful first time buyer (and even then, only those… more
First Time Home Buyer-Speak--Translating It for Success
share
Working with first time home buyers can be challenge for both the Realtor --and the Buyer. The defining of a First Time Buyer's needs is a challenge for all involved Often the information provided provided by the buyer is really a list of 'wants… more
Speechless Sunday: Sights from a Walk Around Reston, VA
share
Whoops! How did that last one get in there? I just happened to be walking by one of my own listings and thought it would be fun to throw that in, too. Reston is a beautiful place to be at this time of year! Just for grins, here… more