If life happens to take you to Central Virginia, Crabtree Falls is a highlight well worth the time it takes to get there. These are the largest cascading falls east of the Mississippi, falling a total of 1,200 feet. There is a three mile hiking trail climbing up right next to the falls. The views of the falls and the surrounding mountains are really gorgeous. As an added bonus, there's also a very nice creek with a rocky bank which proved to be fun for all ages. This would be the perfect spot for a nice picnic.....especially if you could complete the three mile hike up to Crabtree Meadows. We had a toddler in tow so only made it about 1/3 of the way up but it was a great time! Funnily enough, I grew up about 45 minutes away and only visited the falls for the first time last year. And this was my first trip there with my husband and parents. Depending on the time of year you visit, there are also some local farms that you'll pass on the road to the falls and they often sell their fresh produce to passersby (strawberries in Spring, apples and pumpkins in the Fall)!
In case you do plan a visit to Virginia in the future, I highly recommend the state's official website..... http://www.virginia.org/.