TGIF friends! I am pleased to have made it through this week. It seemed to drag on in the beginning but we made it! How many fun “fall activities” have you done this year so far? I have been doing a really good job this year. The weather has been very nice most weekends so we have really been taking advantage.
One of the things always on my fall to-do list year after year is to go for a hike in Shenandoah Valley. It has the best views of the foliage from the mountain tops. It takes about an 1 hr and 15-30 minutes to get out there from the DC area but the drive is beautiful enough to make it worth it. We made the trek a few weekends ago before the foliage really hit its peak but it was still worth the effort to go out there.
We hiked Buzzard Rock which was one of the closer hiking spots to drive to from DC. Shenandoah is pretty massive so you have to take that into consideration when planning a hike or trip out there. Parking can be tricky around the hiking trails so I would recommend getting there early to get a good spot. We parallel parked on top of a small hill and it was pretty stressful trying to get out of there! Thanks to a stranger for helping us out!
Our Buzzard Rock hike was about 4 miles total which was the perfect amount of time to get some time with nature. I’ve come to really appreciate hiking in recent years not only for the exercise and mountain top views but for the therapeutic aspect of it. It allows you to unplug and enjoy either time alone or with your friends/significant other. I also love the silence. Haha it sounds strange to say but living in a city setting you definitely have an appreciation for the moments that give you peace and quiet. If you are interested in exploring more hikes in Shenandoah Valley here is an article that talks about the top 5 ones to see the fall foliage.
If you are not feeling a hike and still want to see the foliage, you could always drive on Skyline Drive which is another option for checking out the foliage without the exercise. I prefer the exercise since it takes a while to drive there – but to each his own! I feel as if the fall colors are its peak at the moment so this weekend would be a great time to head out the Shenandoah!
Have a great weekend!
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