Fall Leaf-Peeping Guide

'Tis the season for an incredible display of fall foliage in Lexington, Buena Vista, and Rockbridge County. Our peak color tends to arrive around mid-October, so plan your visit accordingly, and add in some fun while you're at it!

Check out this interactive Fall Foliage Prediction Map and don't miss the activities overview map at the end of this article.

Appalachian Waters Scenic Byway

One of the most glorious scenic drives in the Shenandoah Valley is Route 39, the Appalachian Waters Scenic Byway. This route winds along the Maury River from Route 11 in Lexington into West Virginia and includes Goshen Pass and the Goshen Wildlife Management Area.

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From the Turnpike to the Parkway

Route 252 - Brownsburg Turnpike - has been called "The Avenue of Trees" as it makes its way from Route 39 just outside of Lexington to Brownsburg. Enjoy the countryside and pick up Route 606 for historic sites and some of our best Virginia wine. From Steeles Tavern, drive the winding Route 56 up the Blue Ridge Parkway, "America's Favorite Drive."

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Views High and Low

Enjoy the views from the Blue Ridge Parkway from Vesuvius to Buena Vista, where you'll exit onto Route 60 and descend into Buena Vista, an Appalachian Trail Community. And it's a good view, indeed. This city along the Maury River has fun, vibrant murals to seek out. Spend some time and then travel south on Route 501 to Glasgow to pick up Route 130 to Natural Bridge.

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