The Best Places to See Fall Foliage in Charlottesville

The Blue Ridge Mountains give Charlottesville a stunning blue backdrop most of the year. However, when autumn arrives the mountains change from a cool-toned blue to warm shades of red, orange and yellow. As the days grow shorter and there is less sunlight, leaves begin to stop producing chlorophyll. The green fades, the autumn colors begin to show, and eventually, the leaves will fall.

Driving through the city, you can see the fall foliage in the trees on campus at the University of Virginia and the historic downtown mall. But if you’re looking to explore the area, there are destinations surrounding Charlottesville that will give you an amazing view of the Blue Ridge Mountains in fall.

Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway is a scenic 469-mile road that runs through both Virginia and North Carolina. As the parkway winds through the mountains, it’s the perfect place to spot fall foliage! Because higher elevation typically means colder weather, the leaves will change faster on the mountain.

Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway

Even if you are still seeing a lot of green around town, going for a nice, long drive on the parkway will allow you to see those deep oranges and reds that mark the season. If you’re looking for a quick hike with incredible views along the way, stop by Humpback Rocks.

Country Roads

Within Albemarle County and the surrounding rural areas outside Charlottesville, there are plenty of gorgeous country roads riddled with trees displaying their fall colors. Hop in the car and just drive! Go outside of the city and explore the county. Fall foliage is everywhere! You may just find a new winery or vineyard along the way.

Shenandoah National Park

With plenty of hiking trails to choose from, Shenandoah National Park is the perfect spot to enjoy the fall leaves. The park has over 200,000 acres, which means that there are plenty of trees out there! Whether you enjoy hiking, camping, bird watching, or just love being in the outdoors, Shenandoah National Park is a great way to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Our favorite spots include:

  • Loft Mountain
  • Crabtree Falls
  • Old Rag
  • Stony Man
shenandoah national park

Shenandoah National Park

If you’re really looking for the best way to see all the fall foliage in Charlottesville, why not take a hot air balloon ride? When the weather gets cooler, it’s the best time to ride up in the sky and see the mountains from above. Fall is a beautiful season that always comes to a close too soon, so be sure to check out the changing leaves while you can!

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