Day Trip to Franklin County Fall Edition
Start Your Fall Adventure in Franklin County
Fall foliage at Waid Recreation Area leading into the park. Courtesy Matt Ross.
Travel Back in Time at the Booker T. Washington National Monument
Booker T. Washington National Monument. Courtesy Virginia's Blue Ridge and Jennie Marie's Photographie
Taste Southern Hospitality at the Homestead Creamery Farm Market
Visit the Scarecrow Trail in Historic Rocky Mount
The Scarecrow Trail is the brainchild of "Community Partnership", a volunteer organization with a mission to celebrate the community. The trail features a wide range of scarecrow interpretations that highlight local businesses, non-profits and organizations. The trail continues to grow each year with increased community participation. Scarecrows are highlighted through the month of October and help to kick off the fall season in Rocky Mount.
Visitors can begin their "scarecrow trail" in Downtown Rocky Mount and venture outwards in any direction. Be sure to take a selfie with your favorites and tag the associated business.
Take a hike, ride a bike or sit back and relax at Waid Park
Waid Park has earned the nickname "Crown Jewel of Franklin County Parks" featuring over 5 miles of multiuse trails traveling alongside the Pigg River, through the hills and across farmlands. You can choose your fall adventure at Waid Park by playing a round of disc golf on the brand new 18-hole pro-level wooded course, taking on one of the many jumplines including "Old Buzzard and Baby Buzzard" or for more experienced riders trying your hand at the Skeletor Trail. Waid Park features 25 different trail options to forge your own path.
For families, Waid Park offers multiple playgrounds and opportunities for a picnic at one of the many shelters. The park is open year-round, dawn to dusk.
Finish up your fun fall day with a little "Chaos"
After an exciting day of experiencing fall in Franklin County, slow things down by traveling to the base of Cahas Mountain in Callaway for a visit to Chaos Mountain Brewing. Joe and Wendy Hallock, owners of Chaos Mountain Brewing, by their own admission "doesn't take anything too seriously, except making high quality, enjoyable craft beer." Beside amazing craft beer, the brewery features local food trucks and music in the taproom every Friday and Saturday Night from 6 to 9 PM.
A tip from locals... If you keep your eyes peeled, you may catch a glimpse of a "mountain creature" at Chaos Mountain Brewing.
Chaos Mountain Brewery, located in Callaway at the base of Cahas Mountain, serves locally brewed craft beer. Courtesy Virginia's Blue Ridge and Jennie Marie's Photographie