Rediscover “small town America” this fall. Buchanan is only 4 minutes off of the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 90.1
Dogwoods, Virginia Creeper and Sourwoods are showing great burgundy and reds while tulip poplars and river maples are turning yellow.
Red maples are just beginning to show signs of their fiery reds while most oaks are still green.
We expect big changes in the next week as maples continue to develop color and the oaks begin to color also providing a second wave of color.
Leaves have begun changing first on the highest peaks of Purgatory Mountain and Cove Mountain and will continue to develop in the lower elevations over the next ten days.
For those traveling along the Blue Ridge Parkway, areas of southwest Virginia above 3,000 feet are close to their peak colors now. Lower areas of the mountains statewide range from 50-75 percent of peak. Most of Shenandoah Valley is below 50 percent of peak, but expect big changes there in the next week. Many of the oaks statewide are still green, so look for a second wave of color even as the fieriest shades fade.
Why does fall color vary year to year?
The intensity of fall color and time of peak color vary and are determined by complex environmental factors, as well as the genetic makeup of the plants themselves. The “best” fall color for an area occurs during the shortening days of autumn when days are bright, sunny and cool, when nights are cool but not below freezing, and when there has been ideal rainfall. Adequate rainfall also keeps the leaves on the trees longer and enhances the color. Wet, cloudy, warm weather or exceptionally low temperatures in early fall tend to mute the much anticipated autumnal display.
Welcome to Buchanan
Discover a vibrant downtown where shopping meets outdoor adventure.
Be sure to check our Calendar of Events while planning your trip, you might discover even more reasons to make Buchanan your favorite destination.
Whether you are antiquing along Main Street, paddling down the James River, exploring Civil War history, hiking the Appalachian Trail or peddling the U.S. Bicentennial Bicycle Route, you will find yourself immersed in natural beauty and history.
Nestled within the steep slopes of the Blue Ridge and Alleghany Mountains, Buchanan has been a natural stopping point for travelers since the 1700’s. Whether you are planning an afternoon shopping spree, or, a weekend get away, include Buchanan as part of your itinerary.
Capture the true American spirit. Check our Calendar of Events, Accommodations, and shopping opportunities for a well rounded visit. While you are here, 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.
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, antique shops, art galleries, Inns, restaurants, banks, a pharmacy, shops featuring primitives as well as hand painted furniture, a hardware store, a RV Center, a Farm Supply Store, a Book Store and even the historic Buchanan Theatre.
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. Visit Hunter’s Raid website for more details.
Sporting enthusiast will enjoy the opportunity to fish and paddle along the Upper James River Water Trail as it winds its way right through the heart of downtown. Others may wish to pedal along the US Bicentennial Bicycle Route 76 while others may wish to watch the leaves change 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 to nearby attractions such as three Botetourt County Wineries, 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 extension 4.
The Town of Buchanan thanks the following for their support; National Endowment Commission for the Arts and Virginia Commission for the Arts Local Government Challenge Grant, the Virginia Department of Forestry Trees for Clean Water Grant, the Botetourt County Capital Improvement Incentive Fund.
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