Fall is in the air! For us in Western North Carolina this means many things that we always look forward to like, football, pumpkins, leaving our windows open, and of course the leaves changing colors. People from all over the country love coming to the East Coast to see the trees come alive with the multitude of colors. You do however, have to plan it just right to see North Carolina fall foliage. We at The Orchard Inn love advising our guests on the perfect time to see the leaves. Here are some of our favorite spots to see the leaves and a best guess at times when to see them.
One of the most beautiful places to see North Carolina fall foliage is the Blue Ridge Parkway. It’s no surprise that it has been called “America’s favorite drive.” When you pick the right time you can coast it’s 469 miles of curves and experience all that the fall foliage has to offer. Along the way there are multiple places to stop and hike along the trails which will give you a more in-depth look at the leaves. If you would like to spend more time in nature, there are plenty of amazing campsites along the way. No matter how you choose to view the North Carolina fall foliage, be sure to bring a camera and stop and the many overlooks along your way.
There isn’t an exact science when it comes to North Carolina fall foliage, nature is on its own time table. However, we do have some good guesses as to when and where the best places are to view it. Beginning in early October, plan a trip to the highest points of Asheville. Anything over 5,000 feet will be blossoming with color. Some places would be, Mt. Mitchell, Grandfather Mountain, Graveyard Fields, and Beech Mountain. For mid-October, head down to 4,000 feet to Mt. Pisgah, Waterrock Knob and the Highlands areas. Towards the end of October, at 3,000 feet, above the city of Asheville, comes alive with North Carolina fall foliage. This would be a great time to also take a hike to Pisgah National Forest or Table Rock. Spend your Halloween in North Carolina in Asheville and spend the night collecting candy and colorful leaves. Plan a trip to the Biltmore Estate at this time to see it bursting with color. Start November off right with a trip to Chimney Rock and Lake Lure. This is an amazing place to see the conclusion of North Carolina fall foliage.
As you can see, we in Western North Carolina have a lot of opportunities to see our fall foliage. This is a popular time of year for visitors so it is best to plan your trip as soon as possible. Located a few miles south in Saluda, NC is The Orchard Inn, a beautiful B&B that also becomes encased in North Carolina fall foliage. There is nothing better than spending a relaxing weekend at The Orchard Inn enjoying the views of the mountains and the leaves. Make sure you book a dinner at their in-house restaurant. Coupling fresh seasonal food and their breath taking views is an unforgettable night. Contact their friendly staff today to book a weekend with The Orchard Inn enjoying the North Carolina fall foliage.
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