There are lots of things to love about fall: cooler temperatures, crimson-colored leaves, cider doughnuts – pumpkin flavored everything! But since the season lasts just a few short months, it’s key to maximize every autumnal activity possible.

Lucky for us, there’s no better place to revel in all the amazing aspects of autumn than Loudoun County, where the season is in full force. From terrifying haunted houses to wine-filled harvest festivals to pumpkin patches, fall is all around us in Northern Virginia.

Here’s what’s on our to-do list this season:


And if you want to follow in our footsteps this fall, here are a few places in Loudoun County where you can check the items off your list:

Pick apples: Crooked Run Orchard

Go on a hayride: Leesburg Animal Park’s Pumpkinville Fall Fest Great Country Farms Ticonderoga Farms Temple Hall Farm Regional Park

Carve pumpkins (This one you can probably do at home, but here’s where you can pick up some choice pumpkins!) Great Country Farms Wegmeyer Farms Crooked Run Orchard Cox Farms Leesburg Animal Park

Get lost in a corn maze: Temple Hall Farm Regional Park Great Country Farms Leesburg Animal Park

Peep leaves: Take part in the annual Loudoun Farm Color Tour. This self-guided tour takes you to farms and wineries throughout Loudoun’s countryside. Not only will you enjoy the fall foliage, but you can knock out several other items on the list from picking apples and pumpkins to enjoying spiced cider and harvest celebrations.

You can also check out our itinerary, Loudoun’s Countryside in a Day. This route follows Snickersville Turnpike through Loudoun’s rural countryside and ends at Bluemont Vineyards. Located at 951’ above sea level along the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Bluemont Vineyards offers spectacular view of the Loudoun Valleys.

Get scared silly at a haunted house: Halloween Woods Shocktober Terrorville The Fright Night

Drink spiced cocktails: Catocin Creek Distillery Clyde’s Willow Creek Farm Mokomandy

Go on a paranormal tour: Oatlands’ After-Dark Paranormal Tours Hauntings Tour

Join a harvest celebration: Great Country Farms’ Pumpkin Harvest Festival  Harvest Celebration at Breaux Vineyards Oatlands Harvest Festival Harvest Celebration at Hiddencroft Vineyards Harvest Festival at Doukenie Winery

Got anything to add? Let us know in the comments!