Fall Foliage Driving Tour

Rockingham County

Recommended route:

From I-81, Exit 247 (Route 33)

Follow Rt. 33 West:

  • Follow Rt. 33 West to Brandywine Lake, which has restrooms, camping, fishing and RV parking available. Returning on Rt. 33 East, turn right onto Rt. 613 and travel approximately 5 miles to visit Paul State Forest at the intersection of Rt. 613 and Rt. 257. The Paul is predominantly white oak. Follow Rt. 257 West to Hone Quarry, which has restrooms, camping, and RV parking available. Follow Rt. 257 East to Rt. 42; take Rt. 42 North to return to Rt. 33, or see Rt. 42 Fall Driving Route below.
  • After leaving Exit 247on I-81, follow Rt. 33 to its intersection with Rt. 42 South in Harrisonburg. Turn left and follow Rt. 42 to Natural Chimneys, which has camping facilities and RV parking on the North Fork. Continue on Rt. 42 South from Mount Solon to Goshen.

Follow Rt. 33 East:

  • Stay on Rt. 33 to Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • Travel 12 miles to Rt. 644 and follow signs to the Massanutten Resort. The resort offers chair lifts to the top of the mountain to observe the leaves, and have bands, arts and crafts.
  • Follow Rt. 602 to Rt. 636 West (Left Turn) to Cub Run Road, a distance of about 11 miles. You'll find Catherine Furnace, a well-preserved Civil War pig iron forge. As you leave on Rt. 602, find Rt. 636 East and follow it to Rt. 340. Take Rt. 340 from the Town of Shenandoah in Page County to Port Republic. Portable toilets, provide by the Shenandoah Blueway Committee and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, are available at the pubic boat ramps at Island Ford, Lynnville, Port Republic and Town of Shenandoah. The Shenandoah River Blueway is an excellent way to see the valley and its trees.