Skyline Drive is a popular fall foliage tour in Virginia. It is 105 miles long, runs parallel to the Appalachian Trail and rides the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The Virginia Department of Forestry has some fall foliage tours that are not quite as high traffic as Skyline Drive but are just as beautiful. In the Charlottesville area, the route takes drivers down Route 230, onto Route 231 into Madison, and then continues on Route 231 into Sperryville.
The Harrisonville and Roanoake areas both have several recommended tours with detailed directions in different counties. The tour directions include where to go for rest stops, camping, fishing, boat ramps, and even a resort with a ski lift that allows a closer look at the fall foliage. The Lexington and Staunton area tours are less informative about the area but do have rough time estimates for the Highland County tours.
Some other popular fall foliage tours in Virginia include the Appalachian Trail, Shenandoah National Park and Prince William Forest. The Appalachian Trail covers over 100 miles of foot trails in the national park alone and Shenandoah National Park has over 500 miles of hiking and biking trails. Prince William Forest, 35 miles south of D.C., has close to 50 miles of hiking and biking trails.