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The Best Places for Leaf Peeping

There’s just something about the crisp air, the seasonal flavors and all of the wholesome family-friendly destinations, like apple orchards, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, farmer’s markets and everything in between. Not to mention, one of the hallmarks of the season is being surrounded by the bright reds, yellows, purples and burnt oranges in the Fall foliage. Here are some of the best places for leaf peeping in Williamsburg, Virginia. 


The Colonial Williamsburg Arboretum

The Arboretum and Gardens are the perfect place to take in the magic of the season. The Colonial Williamsburg Arboretum is a Level 2 Certified Arboretum, filled with tree and wood shrub varieties. It is home to 20 Virginia State champion champion trees and two national championship trees — the jujube and the Paper Mulberry. 


The Palace and Colonial Gardens

There are also more than 30 gardens spread throughout the living history museum in Colonial Williamsburg, which are carefully researched and maintained to improve the understanding of 18th-century Williamsburg Gardens, offering insight into the ways the colonists lived and worked as a community.

Visit the Palace Gardens and go beyond the gates where orange branches arch into a perfect nature-filled tunnel, providing the perfect photo op for families and friends. Use your admission ticket to meet a historic gardener at one of the historic gardens, and learn from their wealth of knowledge as you admire the changing leaves.


Waller Mill Reservoir and Tower Trail

Walk or run this 2.7 mile loop, taking in your wooded surroundings alongside the water, while hearing the leaves crunching beneath your feet. This trail is popular for bird watching, hiking, and paddle sports, but can be a place to find solitude during quieter times of the day. 

This trail is a local favorite, open year-round with beautiful views for any season.


Take a Carriage Ride

There’s no better way to take in the fall season, while also experiencing a taste of the home of living history than taking a ride in a horse-drawn carriage. Go back in time and take in the beauty of the capital city in Autumn with a leisurely ride, surrounding yourself with the sights and sounds of the unique city that is Colonial Williamsburg. 


And of course… King’s Creek Resort

Last, but certainly not least for the best places for leaf peeping, staying with King’s Creek is you can enjoy the perks of Fall without even leaving the resort. There are jogging trails, playgrounds, barbecue grills, tennis and basketball courts, and picnic areas that dot the rolling hills of woodlands blending with beautiful landscaping. You’ll have everything you need to create a perfect fall day!

We hope you have the chance to enjoy a Fall getaway to Historic Triangle, where all of your senses can experience the best of the season.


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