Fall Foliage at Shenandoah National Park

A waterfall in Shenandoah National Park during fall

Experience the magic of fall in Shenandoah National Park, where vibrant foliage and crisp mountain air await you. As the temperatures begin to cool, the landscape here transforms into a kaleidoscope of reds, oranges, and yellows. Visitors from near and far flock to witness nature's spectacular autumn display and fall foliage along Skyline Drive.

The fall season in Shenandoah typically spans from late September through November, offering ample opportunities to immerse yourself in the beauty of the changing seasons. With average daytime temperatures ranging from 49°F to 60°F, it's the perfect time to explore the park's scenic trails and breathtaking vistas. However, be prepared for temperature fluctuations, as chilly nights can give way to pleasantly warm days. We recommend checking the weather forecast before your visit and dressing in layers to ensure your comfort throughout the day.

While a ride along Skyline Drive to see the fall colors never disappoints, the opportunity for fall hiking in Shenandoah is all around. Both Skyland Resort and Big Meadows Lodge have access to hiking trails within walking distance and feature spectacular views of fall foliage landscapes.

If you're staying at Skyland, Stony Man is an easy 1.6 mile roundtrip only includes 340 feet of elevation gain and leads you to some of the most spectacular views in the park. From the Stony Man parking area in Skyland, take the Appalachian Trail to the trail post, continue on the Stony Man Trail to the viewpoint. Please note, no pets are allowed on this hike.

If you're staying at Big Meadows Lodge, the Blackrock Summit trail is a short and easy 1 mile roundtrip hike that ends with a viewpoint featuring stunning autumn views of Massanutten Mountain, the Shenandoah Valley and fall colors in every direction.

Join us as we celebrate the splendor of fall in Shenandoah National Park, where every day promises unforgettable adventures amidst nature's most vibrant palette. Book your autumn escape today and experience the magic of the season firsthand.

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