Summers in Virginia can be unbearably hot for many. So, the cooler temperatures in Autumn create the perfect opportunity to get outside and enjoy better air. Tree Time Adventures is an ideal experience when temperatures drop. Nestled in the woods of Prince George County, Tree Time is hot and muggy in Summer with plenty of bugs. Navigating this tree top high-ropes course in a safety harness is less laborious in the Fall. Challenge yourself on one of three separate courses ranging in difficulty from easy to advanced. Ziplining through the trees is also a great way to get up close and personal with the changing leaves.
Nearby James River Wildlife Refuge is also less, well, summer-y this time of year. Located in wetlands connecting to the mighty James River, the refuge has several miles of trail loops perfect for an Autumn stroll. It is a wildlife refuge, so you may encounter deer, foxes, turtles, eagles, great blue heron, and ospreys, among other critters. Be sure to respect the wildlife! After all, that is the point of a wildlife refuge. To protect the habitat of the animals calling this place home, dogs are not allowed, an important note to consider. If colder water is no deterrent, there is a canoe/kayak launch on site.
On the opposite end of Prince George County is another hidden gem for those seeking to get outside. Appomattox River Regional Park also has several miles of trail loops along the banks of the Appomattox River. While you can see a lot of wildlife here, it is not a National refuge and thus, less strict concerning what you can and cannot do. You can bike, hike, or run these trails, and there are also grills available for a BBQ. The canoe/kayak launch is top notch, so bring your boat and paddle to explore a more narrow section of river.
Historic sites are also ideal places to explore when things cool down and there is a constant threat of rain. Appomattox Manor at City Point was the site of Ulysses S. Grant’s headquarters during the Siege of Petersburg. The house is managed by the National Park Service and part of Petersburg National Battlefield. The house is open for tours, but you may want to check the Park Service website for updated hours. In any case, the grounds are open to the public from dawn till dusk and provide view overlooking the James and Appomattox Rivers. Picnic baskets highly recommended!