The autumn colors have peaked and they still look pretty fantastic, despite many trees having dropped their leaves. Get out and walk around Staunton’s residential neighborhoods or through the historic downtown to enjoy these final weeks of color. Look for the brilliant yellow displays of maples and the reds of Staunton’s many dogwood trees. Prepare, also, for some chilly weather, especially at night. You’ll want to bundle up if you visit the Staunton Farmers’ Market in one of its last weeks of the season because Saturday morning is supposed to be cold! After you pick up some of the harvest, walk up to the top of Sears Hill to view the city from above, or explore the grounds of nearby Trinity Church for some final autumn photos, perhaps with the kids wearing their costumes.
The temperatures should warm up to 60 on Sunday (though it will be colder in the mountains). You’ll want to work off some of that Halloween candy with a hike. Try one of these hikes in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest. You might also check out the leaves from the comfort of your car on the Skyline drive through Shenandoah National Park. Here’s a link to the park’s list of suggested hikes.