Fall Foliage in Shenandoah Valley | Best Leaf Peeping Spots

Wide view of the outside of the light blue colored inn as it sits on the hill side with sweeping views of the valley and mountains.The bite in the breeze tells the story: Fall is coming and with it one of the best times to visit Brierley Hill Bed and Breakfast. Boasting spectacular views of the Shenandoah Valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains, the B&B is the perfect place to see the beautiful fall foliage. But it is also a central location from which to start your leaf-peeping excursion.

Nestled between the George Washington National Forest and the Jefferson National Forest, opportunities to enjoy autumn’s show abound near Brierley Hill. Pack your camera and prepare for a plethora of photographic opportunities. Great leaf peeping is expected Oct. 17-28. Check out this cool leaf-peeping map.

Our guests fuel up for various outings with a hardy multi-course breakfast. Leaf peeping screams hiking, but it can happen in a variety of ways. Whether you venture out for a challenging hike or rafting trip or planning a relaxed nature walk or Blue Ridge Parkway drive, you will find Brierley Hill conveniently located.

All Types of Peeping Experiences

River bordered by golden-leaved fall trees.A short drive will take you to entry points for day hikes along the Appalachian Trail or to trails in National Bridge State Park. Any season offers an inspiring setting.

A different leaf peeping experience can be had on trails in Lexington, such as Woods Creek Trail, which will provide the fall leaves with a beautiful collegiate backdrop of Washington and Lee University as well as Virginia Military Institute. For a structured and educational experience, explore the trails at Boxerwood Garden.

Chessie Nature Trail follows the old railroad line from Lexington to Buena Vista; it goes through farmland and follows the Maury River, creating a homey feeling, like playing in your back yard in the fall — if your back yard included a seven-mile trail. 

You can even take a leaf-peeping tour from the water in Lexington. Kayaking, rafting, and tubing in the Upper James and Maury rivers remain options through October and in some cases into November. You have to keep your eyes peeled for more than pretty trees if you’re paddling on Goshen Pass, Rockbridge Baths, or Glasgow routes; watch for the rapids.

More Excursions

Leaf-peeping trips can often be combined with other fun excursions. Enjoy pear tasting at Virginia Gold Orchard, growing up to 16 varieties of Asian pears. Wine tasting is an option with vineyards in almost any direction you go from Brierley Hill. Nearest are Lexington Valley Vineyard and Jump Mountain Vineyard, both in Rockbridge Baths. 

We can direct you to great things in Rockbridge County, and we’ll keep on top of leaf forecasts to help you determine your path. Reserve your room now.

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