Home / Family Day with Young Children: Scenic Drives, Outdoor Activities and Fall Foliage
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.
First stop for the kids: Start your day at Wayside Family Farm to enjoy hayrides, outdoor games, and snack on an apple cider donut. This family-fun farm has something for everyone and the farms location in the countryside is incredibly colorful this time of year.
Lunchtime: Once you have worked up an appetite, take a quick 5-minute drive into historic downtown Berryville for a delicious lunch at one of our many great local restaurants. Choose from the Berryville Grill, Jane’s Lunch, Sweet Basil Thai, Santorini Grill, Mario’s Pizzeria, Camino Real,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 their many trails. Make sure to check their calendar of kid-friendly educational activities or simply enjoy the vivid colors of fall all around you.
Stop by the Pumpkin Patch at Edge-Wood Dairy to pick out your best carving pumpkin and play a slingshot game. They also have an easier corn maze for the entire family. With over 31 varieties of pumpkins, you are sure to find one you like. In addition, they have manyfall decorations for your home too.
For your last stop of the day, finish it with one of the best, and little known sunset’s spots in Virginia – Bears Den lookout. With small children, park in the lot at the Bear’s Den campground. There is a $3 fee 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 Rt. 7 and 601 and take the one-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.
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