Ring in autumn with a trip to the quaint town of Berryville in the rolling hills of western Virginia. There, you can visit Wayside Farm, known for its massive corn maze and countless activities that will entertain children all day. However, there is plenty else to see in Berryville, including the charming Veramar Vineyard and Mackintosh Fruit Farm, family-friendly JBIT Ranch and scenic Watermelon Park Campground along the Shenandoah River.
Wayside Farm: Start off your day in Berryville with a trip to Wayside Farm, known for its impressive corn maze designed in the likeness of Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins positioned just underneath his famous catchphrase: “You like that?!” The farm regularly creates new maze designs for visitors to explore. In years past, the maze has taken on the shape of Angry Birds and classic superheroes. The 120-acre farm has various other activities, including pig races, hayrides, an animal farm and pumpkin drops. Visitors can also hand-pick pumpkins to take home for festive fall decor or to carve for Halloween. The farm is open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and Columbus Day. Entry costs $10, but children under 2 and military servicemembers can enter for free. // 5273 Harry Byrd Highway
Veramar Vineyard: Visit this vineyard just outside of Berryville for a wine tasting on its picturesque outdoor patio or at the indoor bar. Visitors also have the option to pair cigars or charcuterie with their wine selections. The vineyard is hosting special events throughout the fall, including Rock the Grapes on Oct. 8, where visitors can get firsthand experience stomping grapes. // 905 Quarry Road
Mackintosh Fruit Farm: Pick Honeycrisps, Golden Delicious and Fujis at this quaint, family-run farm. Asian pears, pawpaw and pumpkins will also be ripe for picking. Visit on Oct. 1 for Apple Butter Day, when the farmers will demonstrate how to make the spread. (Bonus: Students receive fresh glass of cider.) // 1608 Russell Road
JBIT Ranch: Take either Western- or English-style horseback riding lessons at this family-friendly horse farm in the Virginia countryside. Lessons are available for all ages and experience levels with prices ranging from $45 to $65 per hour. // 1674 Summit Point Road
Watermelon Park Campground: Kayak, canoe or tube down the Shenandoah River at this family-owned and -operated park. There are three tubing routes for visitors to choose from with durations that last from one to seven hours long. Upon renting tubes or kayaks, visitors can take a shuttle bus to their desired drop-in spot. Prices start at $15 per kayak, $30 per canoe and $10.50 per tube. // 3322 Lockes Mill Road