Fall Foliage in the Southeast

southeast fall foliage

The Southeastern U.S. is known for its football, soul food, and warm summer temperatures. But the region is also home to some of America’s best leaf-peeping spots. Come along as we explore fall foliage in the Southeast!

Richmond (Virginia)

Located one and half hours east of New Point RV Resort and Gwynn’s Island RV Resort, the historic Virginia capitol of Richmond offers fall color in an urban environment.

Hiking up to the Church Hill Overlook provides you with a wide view of the city skyline. Richmond’s tree-lined streets turn orange with the season, creating a gorgeous grid of color.

Another great overlook can be found at Libby Hill Park, where you can survey the city perched on the James River. You can also head downtown to Capitol Square. The state’s capitol sits in a stunning city park filled with pathways, tall trees, and statues celebrating Virginia’s rich history.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park (North Carolina)

Featuring more biodiversity than any other national park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is legendary for its fall foliage. The varied altitudes of the park create a fall color show that moves from the mountaintops down. By the time November hits, the mountains are covered in a dazzling display of red, gold, and green.

Hiking through the Smokies is the best way to take in the season. Here are some of the best trails for spotting fall color (miles listed are roundtrip):

Remember that Great Smoky Mountains National Park is also only 40 minutes away from Fort Tatham RV Resort & Campground!

Congaree National Park (South Carolina)

Carolina Pines RV Resort may not be open for fall 2018, but it’s not too early to start planning your 2019 trip! Congaree National Park is located two and a half hours east of our Myrtle Beach RV Resort, but it’s well worth the drive.

The hiking trails here range from half a mile to almost 12 miles on the Kingsnake Trail, so you can choose your preferred distance. Tall trees change color on all sides, enveloping you in autumn.

Congaree National Park also provides many opportunities for exploring the fall color by water. You’ll find water routes for canoeing and kayaking, as well as many prime fishing spots.


Beyond these three options, the Southeast is full of great places to experience fall foliage. Know of one that we missed? Share this post on social media, tag Sun RV Resorts, and tell us about your favorite spot!


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