When is the Best Time to Visit Shenandoah National Park for Fall Colors?

Autumn is one of the best times to visit beautiful Shenandoah National Park with an explosion of brilliant colors sweeping across the valley as the season begins to change. If you have yet to experience the kaleidoscope of Shenandoah fall colors during the peak season, be sure to add it to the top of your bucket list. For more ideas on the perfect fall activities during your trip to the Shenandoah Valley, request a copy of our complimentary Vacation Guide! You’ll discover everything you need to know about By the Side of the Road Getaway Lodging plus recommendations on local activities, restaurants, and more.

The Best Time to To See the Shenandoah Fall Colors

With variations in elevation, the Shenandoah National Park is home to a myriad of tree species whose colors change at different rates, displaying a beautiful pattern of diverse colors throughout October and November. If you’re looking for the perfect place to witness spectacular fall foliage, the Shenandoah Valley is known for having one of the longest autumn color seasons in the country. Embark on a day-long hike into to explore the many Shenandoah National Park hiking trails with a range of leaves and trees. Though the best time to witness the fall event is between Columbus Day and mid-November, you can check the fall foliage forecast to determine the optimal time to visit.

Where to View Breathtaking Fall Foliage

Skyline Drive

While planning your trip to view the Shenandoah fall colors, be sure to make time to drive along the Shenandoah Skyline Drive. The most renowned road in Shenandoah National Park, this scenic route offers many outlooks where you can stop for expansive, panoramic views of the varied fall colors throughout the valley. Opting to drive along this route is one of the best opportunities to witness the stunning foliage that the Shenandoah Valley is known for.

Shenandoah River

Yet another breathtaking experience, exploring the Shenandoah River is a unique way to witness the autumn colors in this area. As you snake through the Shenandoah Valley, take time to hike along the shore or rent a canoe or kayak and explore the area by water. You’ll be delighted by the gorgeous Shenandoah fall colors reflecting off the water.

Shenandoah Fall Foliage Bike Festival

This annual event is a favorite among locals and visitors from all over the country. Whether you’re an experienced cycling competitor or a family with small children, the Fall Foliage Bike Festival course is a great experience with routes through some of the most beautiful areas to witness fall foliage. Riding along at your leisure, stop to take photos and enjoy the view, and take advantage of the many other activities including live music and beer tastings.

Stay with By the Side of the Road Getaway Lodging!

Autumn is quite possibly the most beautiful time of year in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Don’t miss your chance to witness the Shenandoah fall colors and book a trip with By the Side of the Road Getaway Lodging! Choose to stay in one of our quaint cottage rentals equipped with oversized whirlpool tubs, comfortable accommodations, and a full kitchen, or opt to rent an entire house, which can host up to 11 guests in six different rooms. When you stay in the house, you’ll also have access to a full kitchen, game room, and balconies from every private bedroom.

Exterior of the Virginia bed and breakfast

Learn more about the entire house rental and start planning your trip to the Shenandoah Valley today!