The scenery begins before you reach your first destination! As you travel west on Rt. 7, just as you cross over Route 601 at the peak of Mt. Weather, look up and take in the astounding view of the valley as you descend into Clarke County. It is here you will understand how the Blue Ridge Mountains got their name.
Start your day at Wayside Family Farm to pick-your-own pumpkins, enjoy hayrides, outdoor games, and enjoy an apple cider donut. This family-fun farm has something for everyone and the farms location in the country is incredibly colorful this time of year.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, take a quick 5-minute drive into historic downtown Berryville for a delicious lunch at one of our great local restaurants. Choose from the Berryville Grille, Jane’s Lunch, Sweet Basil Thai, Santorini Grill, Mario’s Pizza and many other great restaurants offering fresh, local food.
After lunch, make your way to the State Arboretum of Virginia and University of Virginia’s Blandy Experimental Farm for a nature walk on one of the many trails. Make sure to check their calendar of kid-friendly educational activities or simply enjoy the vivid colors of fall all round you.
Finish your day with one of the best, and little known sunsets spots in Virginia, Bears Den lookout. With small children, parking in the lot at the Bear’s Den camp ground is the easiest way to access the overlook. There’s a $3 charge to park, but the fees go toward keeping the trails clear and the park open to visitor’s year round. For those wanting a little more of a hike, you can park in the lot on Route 7 and 601 and take the 1-mile trail up to this incredible spot. The view from this rocky outlook is truly breathtaking and the electric fall colors make it even more special.