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Northern Virginia Fall Activities While Social Distancing

September 28, 2020 by The Parrish Law Firm

There’s a chill in the air, which means autumn is nearly here! The activities we can safely partake in are limited thanks to the pandemic, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy pumpkin picking, changing leaves, PSLs, apple cider donuts, etc. while taking appropriate safety precautions. Below you will find some of our favorite, must-visit autumn destinations across the D.C. metropolitan area.

Note: When going to public places, maintain at least 6’ of distance, wear your mask and carry hand sanitizer with you to keep your neighbors and yourself safe and healthy! 

Cox Farms Drive Yourself Hayride

Cox Farms is a local fall favorite tradition for many Virginians. Unfortunately, this year Fields of Fear and the Fall Festival will be closed. Luckily, our friends at Cox Farms have modified the route they use for their hayride so you can drive your own vehicle through the trail! The cost is per vehicle rather than by number of people and the trail will open on September 25th. The hayride trail will be open on Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through November 2nd. 

For more information:


(703) 830 – 4121

Ticket Price: Unavailable

Burke Lake

Burke Lake is a 200+ acre lake with some of the most breathtaking trails in all of Virginia. The outstanding views and vantage points make Burke Lake one of our favorite spots to witness fall foliage throughout the entire DMV. Not in the mood to hike or take a stroll? Burke Lake has a wide selection of boat rentals so you can take in its beauty from a different POV instead. Still not your cup of tea? Find a quiet spot to lay out a sheet and have yourself a picnic!

For more information:

Burke Lake Park

(703) 323 – 6600

Ticket Price: Unavailable

Pick Pumpkins at Butler’s Orchard

Butler’s Orchard in Germantown, Maryland is a popular destination for taking in views of luscious, rolling green hills and for picking as many pumpkins as your heart desires! The farm is currently following the CDC’s social distancing and masking guidelines so the farm is a fun and friendly environment for everyone. While at Butler’s Orchard, we recommend trying the toasty apple cider and scrumptious fall donuts! Entrance is $3.00 per person and pumpkins cost $0.69 per pound. 

For more information:

Butler’s Orchard

(301) 428 – 0444

Ticket Price: $3.00 per person; pumpkins for $0.69/lb

Nightmare Alley Drive-Thru Haunted Attraction

Located in Lorton, the Nightmare Alley drive-thru is the first of it’s kind in this region. Witness 13 terrifying scenes as you drive through the Workhouse Performing Arts campus. As you make your way through, keep an eye out for zombies, creepy clowns, swamp creatures, freaky dolls and more! The haunted attraction is open on weekends from 7 PM – 11 PM on Friday, October 2nd through Saturday, October 31st.

For more information:

Questions: PerformingArts@WorkhouseArts.org 

Ticket Price: $60.00 per car

Wine Down at Stone Tower Winery

Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg, VA is our favorite vineyard pick to unwind at. With over 200 acres, it is easy to distance at Stone Tower as you sip away at your glass full of sweet whites or crisp reds. You can relax with friends and family while splitting one (or four) bottles of wine or instead you may opt to take part in their self-guided vineyard tour. If you plan on visiting, check out their website below to make a reservation as it is required. 

For more information:

Wine Down at Stone Tower Winery 

(703) 777 – 2797

Ticket Price: N/A

We hope you enjoy these activities! Have a happy Fall and stay safe out there!

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