Autumn in Virginia is nothing short of magical, painting the Blue Ridge Mountains various shades of red, orange, and yellow. For families staying at our Blue Ridge mountain lodging, this season also brings myriad activities to enjoy with kids. Here are some fun-filled activities and destinations that you can explore with your little ones this fall:

1. Leaf Peeping and Nature Walks:

Virginia’s Blue Ridge is renowned for its stunning fall foliage. Grab a pair of binoculars and a camera, and set out for a scenic drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway or hike in the nearby George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. More than 2,200 miles of hiking trails here cater to all age groups, making it perfect for a family day out. Take your family picture against the incredible backdrop of 20-minute cliff only two miles from Love Ridge.

2. Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes:

Fall is synonymous with pumpkins, and there’s no better way to get into the season’s spirit than visiting a local pumpkin patch. Kids will have a blast choosing their pumpkins; many farms offer hayrides and corn mazes. We’re so excited that the Blue Ridge Corn Maze is moving right to the base of our mountain at Blue Toad Hard Cider. After you make your way through the 5-acre corn maze, sit back with your cider and let the kids enjoy farmy activities like an animal petting zoo and apple sling shots. 

A kid picking apples from a tree

3. Apple Picking:

Getting the kids to eat their apples is much easier when they have picked them locally. Our favorite pick your own orchard is Dickie Brothers, but several orchards offer families the chance to pick apples and most of Virginia’s apples are grown in the Shenandoah Valley and Roanoke Valley. Don’t miss our famous local apples the Albemarle Pippin and the Piney River Gold. If you don’t want to pick your own, Silver Creek and Seamans’ Orchards in Tyro and Saunders Brothers Orchard & Farm Market in Piney River have award winning apples to choose from.

4. Fall Festivals:

Virginia’s love for festivals shines even brighter in the fall. Lots of the local fall festivals feature hayrides, cider tasting, face painting, and other family-friendly activities. Check out these upcoming October Festivals.

    • The Blue Ridge Mountain Maze has relocated to Blue Toad Hard Cider, right at the base of Love Ridge. Families can enjoy the 5-acre corn maze, farmy games, live music and more
    • Virginia Wine and Garlic Festival on October 14th & 15th in Amherst, VA, has a great KidZone fun Station, Face Painting, Balloon artists, and more.
    • A little further to drive, but always a lot of fun, is the Anthem Go Outside Festival in Roanoke on October 13-15th—a free family event where you can try out bikes, paddle boards, and more. There are more than 175 workshops planned for 2023.

5. Visit Sherando Lake:

Located within a short drive of Love Ridge, Sherando Lake is especially beautiful in the fall. With the summer crowds gone, its serene waters reflect the vibrant foliage making it a peaceful spot for picnicking, fishing, or just enjoying nature. The recreation area also has a playground and several trails for families to explore. 

A woman and a child looking at the map of Sherando Lake Recreation Area
One of Love Ridge's campsite

6. Camp Outdoors:

The cooler temperatures of fall make it an ideal time for camping. Pack up your tents, marshmallows, and campfire stories, and immerse yourself in fall at one of our camping sites. Enjoy the fire pits and amazing views of the fall colors.

7. Crafting Days:

Walk the property and local trails and collect leaves, pinecones, and acorns during outdoor excursions. Once home, use these materials to create fall crafts. From leaf prints to pinecone bird feeders, crafting can keep kids engaged and excited about the season. Bring a few bags to store your stash.

8. Explore Waynesboro:

Just a short drive away, Waynesboro offers family-friendly attractions like the Plumb House Museum or the P. Buckley Moss Gallery. In the fall, there are a number of special events, so be sure to check the local calendar and plan to visit the Farmer’s Market for some of the best fall produce of the Shenandoah Valley.

9. Horseback Riding:

Experience the fall colors by horseback through the scenic trails around the area. Several nearby stables offer guided rides, making it a safe and enjoyable activity for families.

    • 3 Blazing Maines in Lyndhurst, VA, offers trail rides through the area with stunning mountain views and breathtaking vistas.
    • Rock Branch Horse and Cattle CO offers trail rides which average about an hour. They also offer summer camps for kids ages 8 and up if you have kids who would love to learn to ride.
    • Appalachian Horse Adventures in Montebello offers trail rides in some of the most beautiful terrain in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Fall at Love Ridge, VA, offers many activities that can be enjoyed with kids. The beauty of the season, combined with the panoply of events ensures that families can make the most out of this magical time. Whether you’re outdoorsy or prefer cozy indoor activities, there’s something for everyone. So, put on your jackets, grab your scarves, and set out to make this fall unforgettable for your family! Book your stay now at our Blue Ridge Parkway cabin!