There’s a lot to love about fall. Cooler temperatures, vibrant landscapes and scenic mountain drives. Whether you’re winding along the picturesque Blue Ridge Parkway or traversing southwest Virginia’s major highways, the Town of Wytheville should be a primary stop on your fall travel itinerary.
With autumn’s return, Wytheville’s rolling hills give way to a drape of rich fall foliage and the area’s best seasonal harvest. There’s plenty to lure you outdoors in Wytheville, no matter when you’re there, but there’s something extra special about this time of year.
Start your fall day early with a trip downtown to browse local finds in more than a dozen shops or take advantage of cooler temperatures with a hike along one of the area’s popular trails. Then, explore the many festivals and harvest events happening throughout the area.
Fun on the Farm
Richdale Farm has operated in Wytheville for five generations and nearly 150 years. Spanning more than 650 acres, the homestead features a bounty of specialty crops and animals, including herds of beef cattle, seasonal grazing dairy cattle and Katahdin Hair Sheep.
Among Richdale’s signature harvest is its non-GMO Crowgey corn, a sweet, bi-color variety that’s named after the farm’s founding family. In addition, 15 pumpkin varieties grow across 20 acres of the farm’s land and space also is reserved for growing industrial hemp, which is used to make an array of products from extracted CBD compounds.
Each year, Richdale Farm welcomes locals and visitors to its Fall on the Farm event to usher in the new season. Beginning Sept. 26 through Nov. 1., attendees can take a hayride to the hillside slide, get lost in a corn maze or indoor straw maze, shoot apples from a cannon and enjoy other family-friendly games each weekend, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturdays and 1-6 p.m. on Sundays. New activities will be added this year to keep attendees busy, while a different food truck will be featured each Saturday to keep attendees full. Don’t forget to grab a pumpkin to go from the farm’s diverse assortment, which includes Baby Boos, Cinderellas, Gladiators and more.
Just in time for Halloween, you can brave the dark and take on the challenge of Richdale Farm’s Flashlight Maze, Oct. 17-31 from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Borrow a flashlight or bring your own. Glow sticks and s’mores also will be sold. Admission is $8 to enter, with the last entrance to the maze at 10 p.m.
In response to Covid-19, slides and games will be sanitized throughout the day and hayrides will operate on a continuous schedule to permit social distancing. Admission is $9 for most and free for those under age 2. The last hayride leaves 30 minutes prior to closing each day.
- What: Fall on the Farm
- Where: 378 Richdale Rd., Wytheville, Virginia
- Information: (276) 228-3586 or richdalefarm.com
Williams Orchard Fall Festival
Williams Orchard has been providing produce to Wytheville and the surrounding region for more than 80 years. With a primary harvest from July through October, the family-owned farm boasts a variety of crops from apples to corn, pumpkins and gourds.
The annual Williams Orchard Fall Festival features hayrides, a corn maze, pumpkin patch, pony rides, savory seasonal treats and more fun favorites of the season each weekend in October, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturdays and 12 p.m.-5 p.m. on Sundays. Enjoy a full day of family fun at the orchard, where you can also pick your own pumpkin and visit the main store to peruse fall mums, canned goods, cider, farm-fresh fruits and vegetables and more.
- What: Williams Orchard Fall Festival
- Where: 5175 West Lee Hwy., Wytheville, Virginia
- Information: (276) 686-4851 or williamsfarminc.com
Helheim Haunted Attraction
For those who prefer to delve into the spookier side of the season, the Helheim Haunted Attraction promises to put the “evil” in Wytheville. One of the area’s newest hunted attractions, tours will operate on Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 25 through Nov. 7, from 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online.
- What: Helheim Haunted Attraction
- Where: 3081 Chapman Rd., Wytheville, Virginia
- Information: (276) 239-2666 or helheimhaunt.com