Fall in Virginia is one of my favorite seasons. The weather is the perfect compromise between warm and cool, and I get to enjoy the outdoors without sweating my butt off. You can still even enjoy the beach on a good day or take a drive through the blue ridge parkway and watch the leaves start to change. Virginia is such a beautiful state that has so much to offer!
Sharing on the blog today my favorite fall activities to do in Central Virginia and a few new recent spots you need to check out especially during fall.
Picking apples as a family is one of my favorite fall traditions that we try to not miss. This year we chose to visit a “new to us” orchard in Crozet, VA and we’re so glad we did. The crowds were appropriately dispersed, there were tons of different varieties of apples to pick, and were a great price. We walked out with two large baskets of apples for under $35 bucks!
Ashland Berry Farm
Ashland Berry Farm is a staple in Central Richmond and it’s hard not to imagine why. I have been visiting Ashland Berry Farm with my family ever since I can remember, picking pumpkins in the fall and strawberries in the spring while growing up around the area. You can also enjoy fresh donuts, free hayrides, pumpkin picking, and at night, Terror on the Farm.
Bear Creek Lake State Park
Bear Creek Lake State Park is located in Cumberland County, Virginia nestled between Richmond and Charlottesville. It is surprisingly close to Richmond with about a 45-minute drive. You can kayak on the lake, walk the hiking trails, camp, or even rent large lodges that can sleep up to 16 right on the water. Very pretty during the summer months and especially pretty in the fall and enjoy the leaves changing colors.
Bold Rock Hard Cider, Nellysford Cidery
Grab one of Bold Rock Hard Cider’s various styles of hard cider at their Nellysford location and enjoy the beautiful fall scenery! We tried the Pineapple Cider by the creek and watched the local wildlife. I would recommend visiting during the week if you can as the weekends can be very busy.
Potters Craft Cider
Potter’s Craft Cider is definitely a treat and a fun place to stop when traveling to Charlottesville. I love the grounds and the pretty stonework surrounding the tasting room. I really enjoy their ciders mainly because they are not overly sweet and have a slightly sour tone to them. They also have flavor combinations I have never heard of! After a fun day picking apples, stop here on your way back home for a picnic and enjoy some of my favorites varieties, grapefruit hibiscus, and cranberry orange blossom.
King Family Vineyards
King Family Vineyards is one of the prettiest wineries I have visited in Virginia and a real treat every time I can visit. They have polo in the warmer months and through early fall, where you can essentially tailgate and watch a polo match (definitely do this at least once!) This is a very popular winery so plan accordingly and try to visit during the week. There is also ample room to sit and enjoy King Family Crosé (rosé) and a fall picnic with friends. If you are looking for ideas, try quick and easy on-the-go appetizers like my ranch and bacon cream cheese pinwheels and copycat Chick-fil-a chicken salad.
What are some of your favorite fall activities? Let me know in the comments below!