The Scenic and Historic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia
The Autumn Color Carpet Rolls Out

Autumn foliage on Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park


It is no secret that much of the scenic allure of the Shenandoah Valley has to do with how its landscape and environment changes are so dramatically visual from season to season – but most so whenever Autumn arrives.

As days get shorter and cooler, you can always count on seeing more and more out-of-state plates on scenic byways and up on Skyline Drive, the world-famous Shenandoah National Park highway that meanders for miles and miles among spectacular Valley vistas and Blue Ridge Mountain peaks.

In fact, about 23 percent of the yearly number of Shenandoah National Park visitors arrive during the month of October, the same month that the annual fall foliage colors tend to be the brightest.  

A portion of Skyline Drive traffic comes from the nearby Washington, D.C. - Baltimore area. And as increasing numbers of cars, motorcycles, campers, bicycles and joggers converge on a two-lane, limited access ribbon of winding road with a 35 m.p.h. speed limit, city escapees can often find themselves in the middle of the one thing they were trying to get away from back home: gridlock!

Autumn traffic congestion does exist on peak foliage days, but with a little bit of planning it's also something that can be avoided. First and foremost: Avoid the weekend crowds and plan to come during the week.

Then try heading in a direction from south to north on Skyline drive, instead of entering via the northernmost gateway, just off I-66 at Front Royal, Va.

Autumn in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley!

Virginia's scenic Shenandoah Valley is a great place to visit during any season, but Autumn is extra special. World renown mountaintop vistas, countless Valley backroads with a myriad of visual experices. It's also a time for flavorful festivals, thrilling live performances and inspiring living history ... all set against a flaming backdrop of Fall colors and natural beauty.

  Happening today

Appalachian Trail documentary film at Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg, Va.

41-F Court Square. Appalachian Trail: An American Legacy. Presented by the Harrisonburg Appalachian Trail Community Advisory Committee, Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance, and community partners. Presention follows: Harrisonburg as an Appalachian Trail Community, thru and section hiking the trail, and the partnership between the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club PATC and Harrisonburg High School STEM students. Benefits Potomac Appalachian Trail Club and related ocal projects. Outdoor gear displays, networking with related organizations. Tickets available online: $8 and can be purchased online. For more information, call 540-433-9189 or visit

Art exhibition in Charles Town, W.Va.

Fire Hall Gallery JC Visitors Ctr 108 N. George St. Light Dark Fire. Ginny Fite, Words and Color, Martha LeRoi, Clay, Carol Slovikosky, Glass. Runs through Oct. 27. Works in words and color, clay, and glass. Free admission. For more information, call 304-724-2090 or visit

Book Club Meeting at Long Branch Plantation in Millwood, Va.

830 Long Branch Lane. The Big Book of Virginia Ghost Stories 2010 by L.B. Taylor, Jr. New members welcome, free membership. Club meets first Tuesday of every month. OK to bring a snack or dinner. For more information, call 540-837-1856 or visit

West Virginia Craft Week at Berkeley Art Works to Participate in Martinsburg, W.Va.

116 North Queen St. Runs through Oct. 11. Gallery co-op space with 18 artists and artisans. Open Wednesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Part of the nationally-celebrated American Craft Week.For more information, visit

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Hottle-Keller Homestead in Shenandoah County, Virginia

Living history at the privately-endowed Shenandoah Germanic Heritage Museum that is occasionally open to the public for festivals and other events that commemorate the early German settlers of Shenandoah County, Virginia.

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