The Best Fall Foliage in the DMV
Posted on 23 October 2019
One of the best things we love about Fall is finding the perfect spot to soak in all the sights of the season. When the leaves turn from green to gorgeous jewel tones of scarlet, amber and amethyst, there are only a few short weeks to enjoy the spectacular show of color before it's gone. Today on Zeena Uncovered, we're sharing our most-loved Fall foliage sites, including a few new ones that are on our bucket list, so cozy into your blanket scarves, pack a picnic, and get ready for an unforgettable trip around the DMV!
Harper's Ferry, West Virginia is a hidden gem right in our own backyard. Skip the highways and take the Amtrak to visit this quaint historic town filled with hiking trails and cozy coffee shops. You can even view the Almost Heaven Live Leaf Map and see which areas are at their peak before you go.
The Wolf Trap Trail
Located in Fairfax County, Wolf Trap is known as the only national park dedicated to the performing arts. Join park rangers for a guided 2-hour nature tour of the surrounding forest. Love bird watching? Choose an educational hike to explore local flora and fauna, or walk the Wolf Trap Trail on your own following the bright blue guideposts. End your day with a live show at the Theater-in-the-Woods and enjoy lunch at the Barns. (Each trail is about 1-2 miles long. RSVPs are required for guided tours.)
Shenandoah Valley, Virginia | Source
Snuggled between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, if you're up for a road trip, the Shenandoah Valley is notorious for its breathtaking fall landscape. Stay the weekend at one of many bed & breakfasts, take a spooky subterranean tour of Luray Caverns or book a horseback ride along the panoramic mountainside. One thing's for sure, once you visit the Shenandoah Valley, you'll want to go back every year!
C&O Canal Hiking Trail
If you're a fan of long walks and family bike rides, it doesn't get any more scenic than autumn along the Potomac River. Leading from Georgetown all the way to Cumberland, MD, the C&O Canal offers miles of winding trails beneath golden trees and picturesque bridges.
The National Mall
The cherry blossoms aren't the only reason to visit the National Mall. Walk or bike along the lazy pathways beneath the gorgeous trees and take your pick of museums to visit. Snap a picture of the Capitol Building or see the entire view of the city from the top of the Washington Monument.
What's your favorite place to see the Fall colors around the DMV? Let us know in the comments. See you next time!