48 Hour Fall Getaways in Virginia, Part 4 of 8

by Casey Higgins | Posted: Sep 12, 2013 | Updated: Apr 17, 2018

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The great outdoors are calling your name. You must climb, paddle, run, or ride. But where? Enter the beautiful season of fall where the mercury slowly dips to moderate numbers and the shorter days are loaded with excitement.Lynchburg1Leaf Peeping in Lynchburg

Lynchburg is serving up fantastic outdoor recreation and you really don’t want to miss out on it.

Start with the Liberty Mountain Trail System. It’s more than 65 miles zig-zagging across 5,000 acres and up to more than 1,360 feet.

Next up could be a lazy kayak trip with James River Float Company. After all that strenuous mountain work, this might be the perfect attraction.

Since you’ve gotten up close and personal with the foliage on the trail and admired its brilliance from the water, where else to see it but from the air? Call up Precision Windsports, Inc. They’ll get you up and flying in a light sport aircraft for a unique leaf-peeping vantage point.

Craddock Terry Hotel (Stay 2 nights; get 3rd 50% off!)
Federal Crest Inn B&B
Kirkley Hotel

Main Street Eatery
Shoemakers Fine Dining
The Crown

Rise Up Climbing
Jefferson Street Brewery
Upcoming Events

New Adventures at Mountain Lake

This beautiful mountain reprieve tucked away in Giles County is the 1986 filming location for the incredible (am I biased?) Dirty Dancing featuring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. While the urge to stay at “Kellerman’s” is a persistent annual draw, Mountain Lake Lodge & Conservancy has been revamped for a new generation of family fun.

You should know …

  • 2,600 acres with 22 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails
  • Rafting, canoeing, kayaking and fishing on-site
  • A new aerial and zip line adventure course, geocaching, and archery lessons are just some of the outdoor offerings
  • Dining on site at Harvest or Stony Creek Tavern
  • Stay on site in either the Main Stone Lodge, Chestnut Lodge, the Front Lawn Cottages & Historic Rustic Cabins, or in a Blueberry Ridge Mountain Home.

Also Nearby:
Blackberry Morning Retreat
Walker Creek Retreat
Inn at Riverbend (Quick! Stay 2 midweek nights; get 3rd 50% off!)
Cascades National Recreation Trail

Saddle Up in Southern Virginia


Shangrila Guest Ranch

Shangrila Guest Ranch

South Boston is your destination and horseback riding at Shangrila Guest Ranch is your pleasure for these 48 hours. An all-inclusive ranch, you’ll be more than comfortable in their log cabin, old home place or packhouse. If you’d rather try another accommodation, they’ll still let you saddle up with their beautiful horses. Ride, regardless of experience, for an hour or all day …  just make an appointment!

Explore South Boston and Halifax, but be sure to try the barbecue at Smokin’ Jakes. That definitely has to be on your list.

Also Nearby:
Berry Hill Resort
Oak Grove Plantation B&B
The Prizery
Bob Cage Sculpture Farm

Mountain Explorations in Southwest Virginia

The Blue Ridge Parkway is pure outdoor recreation. Start anywhere you like and you’re golden. For this purpose, let’s shoot down near Meadows of Dan and make a plan.

Blue Ridge Tree Climbing

Blue Ridge Tree Climbing

Pick things up with Blue Ridge Tree Climbing, LLC. Instructor Bob Wray is inspiring, stating, “If you cannot remember the meaning of childhood magic, or do remember and want to get it back, then I suggest you simply climb a tree again.”

Find rest in a cozy little cabin nestled among Christmas trees at River Walk Cabins, or delight in the views from Woodberry Inn, where there’s a restaurant on site.

There are plenty of trails nearby, including Sweet Mountain Laurel Loop, Rock Castle Gorge National Recreational Trail, and the entirety of the Buffalo Mountain Natural Area Preserve.

Also Nearby:
Mabry Mill and Restaurant
Saddle Up Farm
Chateau Morrisette Winery and Restaurant

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I’m a travel writer myself, and I love your travel blog. It’s nice to be reminded of great places!


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