503The Town of Buchanan, Virginia invites you and your family to make Buchanan your favorite spot to go leaf peeping.  Nestled within the steep slopes of the Blue Ridge and Alleghany Mountains, Buchanan’s fall colors may be explored along the Blue Ridge Parkway, or, even the James River. To reach the501 Town from Interstate 81 take exits 162, 167 or 168. From the Blue Ridge Parkway, take route 43 North at milepost 90.9.

The latest Fall Color Update; In Virginia the northern district of the Parkway is just about to reach its peak for this autumn. Many species of trees are in full color at various elevations, and a few leaves have already been blown or rained down. Tree species displaying color include the reds of Sourwood, Dogwood and Virginia Creeper, while  several Hickory species, Tulip Poplar, Cucumber Tree. Paw Paw, and Birch are displaying tones of gold and yellow, Red Maple, Striped Maple, Oaks are showing varying intensities of red, while Sassafras is lighting up with oranges to reds.  The James River area shows about 50% of the trees with color right now while the Peaks of Otter area is showing really nice color as well.

So, grab a jacket and head on to Buchanan where you can enjoy fall’s spectacular colors while capturing the true American spirit.  While planning your visit, check our Calendar of Events, Accommodations,  and shopping opportunities for a well rounded visit.

100_0326Rich in history and natural beauty, Buchanan is the quintessential example of “small town America.”

Whether you are planning an afternoon shopping spree, or, a weekend get away, include Buchanan as part of your itinerary.

You and your family are invited to shop, stroll and dine along Buchanan’s historic Main Street where more than 200 years of history comes to life. Recognized for its blend of historic buildings dating from the early 1800′s through the 1950′s, Buchanan’s Main Street is home to general stores, specialty shops, indoor golf, antiques, art galleries, Inns, restaurants, banks, a pharmacy, book store and even an historic theatre www.buchanantheatre.com . History buffs will want to explore the Town’s four Virginia Civil War Trail markers to discover the Town’s role in the war between the states. www.huntersraid.org

While you are her000_0107e, be sure to walk our Swinging Bridge, it is the only one to cross the James River. Enjoy the beautiful vantage point of the James River and surrounding mountains as you stroll across the bridge.

Sporting enthusiast will enjoy the opportunity to fish and paddle along the Upper James River Blueway www.upperjamesriverwatertrail.com as it winds its way right through the heart of downtown.  Others may wish to peddle along the US Bicentennial Bicycle Route 76 while others may wish to cruise along the Blue Ridge Parkway, hike the Appalachian Trail, or, horseback ride on the Glen Wilton Trail. All are literally within minutes of Main Street.

The Town’s central location provides easy access within minutes to nearby attractions such as three Botetourt County Wineries www.botetourtwinetrail.com,  Natural Bridge, VMI and Lexington, the Roanoke City Farmer’s Market and Center in the Square, as well as, the Peaks of Otter and the D Day Memorial in Bedford.

For a great adventure contact the Buchanan Downtown Revitalization Program at 540-254-1212.