Fall foliage is in full swing, and this may be one of the last weekends you will be able to see it. So here are some of the best places to drive to enjoy all of the colors of Autumn.
First Landing State Park, Virginia
If you are looking for a park with plenty of walking trails, tall trees, and secret beaches, First Landing is the right place to go to. The trees line different trails of varying intensities and lengths. There are many benches and bridges that overlook other bodies of water. This park goes all the way along the Chesapeake Bay to the Virginia Beach oceanfront. Many of the trails will lead to smaller beaches you can enjoy in the summer or walk along in the winter. Gaze up at the trees with Spanish moss and enjoy watching for the wildlife hidden in them.
Great Dismal Swamp, Virginia
One of the “Natural Wonders of Virginia,” the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, stands in Chesapeake. This refuge is an excellent place if you can’t walk too easily. It is large enough to incorporate extensive driving paths for more immobile visitors. If you can get out and walk around, be watchful of wildlife. There are birds, insects, and many mammals, including bears! Explore the marsh, the forest, or Lake Drummond to see everything it holds. One unique quality of this refuge is its history. Slaves used to hide in the swamp as part of the underground railroad. Learn more about the historical significance on different plaques posted around the park.
Poinsett State Park, South Carolina
This unique park is set between the South Carolina sandhills and the coastal plain region. Deemed the “Mountains of the Midlands,” Poinsett offers a significant amount of biodiversity, which is perfect for your kids. Walk or bike along the trails that wind you through to the Manchester State Forest. In the 10-acre park, you can also use it for fishing and boating if you would rather be on the water than land.
Mistletoe State Park, Georgia
This park is famous for bass fishing. The 71,000-acre Clarks Hill Lake is the perfect way to spend the day if you have a boat. Boat ramps make the perfect entry to Georgia’s largest reservoir. In addition, there are places to camp with cottages and log cabins positioned on the peninsula. Trees line the lake artfully and give you a great picture of fall.
Any of these parks are a great choice to drive to for the fall foliage! Looking for a longer drive? Try these paths that are sure to make for the perfect road trip!