Spotsylvania County, Va. is an ideal getaway for history buffs, outdoor adventurers, and families looking for fun.
There are plenty of things to look forward to this fall. The crisp air affectionately known as “sweater weather,” the excuse to use cinnamon more liberally in the kitchen, and the crunch of leaves during a brisk walk are just a few favorites. But before those leaves hit the ground, they put on a glorious show, displaying hues of red, orange, and yellow for all to see. If you’re keen on leaf peeping (and who wouldn’t be?), head to Spotsylvania County, Va. Home to the pristine waters of Lake Anna, Spotsylvania welcomes visitors year-round, but fall is an extra special time to visit because of the picturesque scenes located around every corner.
Lake Anna State Park
A stunning landscape of multi-hued trees reflected in the crystal waters of Lake Anna creates a view that’s twice as nice. No matter where you are on the lake, you’re surrounded by trees, flowers, and foliage. Head to Lake Anna State Park to hike a trail meandering along the lake, or rent a boat, canoe, or kayak to see sights from the water.
If you’d like to explore the water on a smaller scale, check out Hunting Run Reservoir or Ni River Reservoir. These smaller, more quaint bodies of water provide scenic hikes, fishing, and jon boat rentals. Both offer beautiful water views complete with fall foliage, wildflowers, and waterfowl.
Known as the “Crossroads of the Civil War,” Spotsylvania was the location of several major battles between Confederate and Union soldiers. Retrace history by exploring Wilderness Battlefield National Park, the second largest military park in the world. Nearby, Chancellorsville Battlefield offers walking and driving tours complete with interpretive signs. At Spotsylvania Court House Battlefield, history buffs can explore historic earthworks preserved at one of the nation’s most hallowed grounds.
For a journey that’s just as grand as its destination, take a cruise on scenic Route 208, a highway through Spotsylvania County leading to Lake Anna. On the way, you’ll pass horse farms, wheatfields, and several bodies of water. Much of the road is completely covered with trees on either side, creating an autumn oasis that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your car.
Take in the local scene — and local sips — at Spotsylvania’s acclaimed wineries. Lake Anna Winery is surrounded by rolling hills and rows of vines, creating gorgeous views to pair with a glass of petit verdot. Add a little sweet to your sip at Mattaponi Winery, known for their seasonal events and dessert pairings. Family-owned Wilderness Run Vineyards produces a variety of wines to suit any palate, and they’re also home to 1781 Brewing Co.
While you’re here, stock up on locally grown produce, meats, breads, cheese, jams, and more at the Spotsylvania Farmers Market held on Saturdays. You may choose to go straight to the source by visiting a local farm offering hayrides, pumpkin patches, and cider to bring your fall experience full circle.