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Best Places to See Fall Colors in Abingdon, Bristol & Southwest Virginia

Abingdon is a beautiful town to visit anytime of year, but visiting during the Fall you will be in for an extra spectacular treat! The leaves changing colors make for breathtaking views. The best time to catch the colors at their peak vary from year to year, but as we look around the area, that time is NOW.

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Take a stroll down Main Street and you find beautiful colors…

Fall in Abingdon, VA

Beautiful Tree near the Post Office in Abingdon….The Vibrant Oranges are a Favorite Pick.

Fall in Abingdon, VA

You can see the changing colors in the Sinking Spring Cemetery in Abingdon just off of W. Main Street

Stone Mill Center Fall Colors

Check out the Stone Mill Village in Abingdon for Lovely Fall Foliage.


If you are looking for a hiking/biking trip there are several local places that will allow a great view of fall foliage. Here are a few of our favorites….

The VA Creeper Trail– Get outdoors and enjoy the beauty along this trail, great for bother bikers and hikers!

Breaks Interstate Park– Noted as the “Grand Canyon of the South”, this a excellent place to plan a day trip. You will not be disappointed as there are beautiful mountain views, a lovely lake (make it a weekend trip & stay in one of the lakefront cabins!) and the fantastic river.

Stateline Overlook, Breaks Interstate Park

Beautiful Colors seen from the Stateline Overlook

The Towers Overlook in the Breaks

The Towers Overlook is one you don’t want to miss!

Breaks Interstate Park Lake

Grayson Highlands State Park– Spectacular views that make for truly amazing photographs and the wild ponies along some of the trails are a favorite for all visitors of the park.

Wild Ponies

Wild Ponies at Grayson Highlands


Mt. Rogers- The highest point in the state of Virginia offer breathtaking views and great place to get some peace of mind away from the hustle of a busy life.

Steele Creek Park– Located in Bristol, TN this park features over 2,200 acres. With many hiking/biking trails, it would be a great spot for spending the whole day…whether fishing or exploring the trails. Fall is the perfect time to take photos of the the wonderful tree colors reflecting on the lake. The Lakeside Trail is highly recommended for a relaxing bike ride or easy going walk.

Steele Creek Park Lake

The Pinnacle in the Fall

While your are in Bristol, be sure to stop by The Pinnacle to see Some Beautiful Colors, do Fall Shopping or Grab a Bite of Lunch.


There are also some great views to be seen on Driving Tours for Fall Foliage Enthusiasts….

Mt. Rogers Scenic Byway– A beautiful drive showcasing whitewater streams, Whitetop Mountain and the highest point in VA- Mt. Rogers.

The Crooked Road– Great drive for a Saturday trip when starting at Heartwood in Abingdon and following the “music trail” to the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, VA for a night of some wonderful live music each Saturday night. Don’t forget to stop by the the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, VA along the way to see impact Bristol had on the history of country music.

Blue Ridge Parkway– This is a favorite drive that offers many picnic areas and trails along the total of 469 miles connecting the Great Smokey Mountains in NC to the Shenandoah National Park in VA. Don’t forget your camera to capture the fantastic views from the many overlooks along the road.

The Back of the Dragon– Popular with motorcyclists with its curvy road with sharp curves offers breathtaking views along Route 16 between Marion, VA & Tazewell, VA


Whether you take a walk, hike, bike or drive you are sure to catch the beauty of fall in Abingdon, Bristol and throughout the SW Virginia Region.


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