Sept. 20 not only brings in the fall season, but also welcomes a vivid and live art gallery that is the falling canopy over Blacksburg. We’ve explored the back roads and trails around the area to find the best viewing sites for this year’s changing leaves.
Following Route 785 to Catawba, Virginia, located 30 minutes outside of Blacksburg, hikers will come across the most photographed spot on the Appalachian Trail. The summit offers breathtaking views of the Catawba valley below. On a clear day, you can also view the peaks along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
You don’t have to travel far to enjoy the fall foliage on Virginia Tech’s campus. Wander over to the Duckpond for an afternoon of picnicking, fishing or just walking around the water with some friends.
Located in the center of campus, the Drillfield is a prime fall location. Take a daily walk across the Drillfield, bring a blanket to sit on and relax, get some homework done or play some frisbee to see the changing trees.
Thirty minutes outside of Blacksburg in Catawba, Virginia, hikers can make their way up the five-mile hike and into the Appalachian Trail. Once you reach the top, there is a 360-degree view overlooking the valley, extending around the entire mountain.
Route 11: Blue Ridge Parkway
Driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the best ways to take in all the beauty of fall. Route 11 parallels Interstate 81 and will take you through historic Salem and downtown Roanoke before heading north through the quaint and beautiful towns with great views scenic views.