10 Exciting Fall Activities in Western NC

There’s something so satisfying about stepping outside, breathing in the crisp mountain air in autumn, and enjoying fall activities in Western NC. Fiery red, burnt orange, and golden yellow leaves light up against a bright blue sky in such a way that it will take your breath away. There’s no better place to experience a fall getaway than Western NC. From spooky ghost tours and apple picking to scenic drives along the Blue Ridge Parkway and hiking in the mountains, you’ll find no shortage of fall festivities to keep you busy. It is one of the¬†best times to visit!


10 of the Best Fall Activities in Western NC

1. Sweater Weather Makes Hiking Even Better

Bundle up in layers and lace up your trusty hiking boots. It’s time for an adventure.¬†Hiking in the NC mountains¬†in the fall is an experience you don’t want to miss. Here are a few of our favorite hikes this time of year:

2. Witness Stunning Scenes of Fall Foliage

The peak color change typically occurs from mid-October to early November. The trees at the highest elevation change first, and the trees in the low foothills are last to change. It is not an exact science, but you can always look up a North Carolina fall foliage map and forecast!

One of the best ways to see the¬†fall foliage¬†near Asheville is by embarking on a scenic drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Stop at some scenic overlooks to take in the area’s natural beauty. You could easily plan your route or see where the road takes you!

3. An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Fall is the prime¬†apple-picking¬†season in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Did you know that Hendersonville is the apple capital of WNC? If you missed the¬†NC Apple Festival¬†held annually on Labor Day Weekend, don’t fret. There are plenty of opportunities to pick your own apples at a local orchard like Grandad’s Apples N’ Such or Sky Top Apple Orchard.


Travel Tip: In the mood for a delicious, alcoholic cider beverage? Head to Urban Orchard Cider Co.


4. Fun Fall Festivities Will Keep You Busy

Attend some of the best local fall events and festivals during your visit to the Asheville area in the autumn months! Fill your days with food, drinks, live music, hayrides, pumpkin picking, and much more. Here are a few of our favorite events to look forward to:

5. Get Spooky on a Haunted Tour in Asheville

These haunted tours will make the hair stand up on the back of your neck! If you plan to visit around Halloween, consider booking an Asheville ghost tour in advance. They tend to fill up quickly.

6. Fishing in the Fall

Fall is an excellent time for¬†fishing¬†in the area. Grab your fishing gear and head to the nearby rivers and streams for fantastic fall fishing. With an abundance of trout, bass, and other fish, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to reel in a big catch while surrounded by the stunning autumn scenery.

7. Horseback Riding

Take a scenic horseback ride through the mountains. Saddle up and embark on a scenic ride through the mountains, where you can soak in the breathtaking fall foliage. Enjoy the crisp air, the sound of hooves on the trails, and the vibrant colors of the changing leaves as you explore the picturesque landscapes on horseback.

8. Wine Tasting

Indulge in the flavors of fall by visiting one of the many wineries in the area. Sample a variety of local wines while taking in the stunning fall scenery. Sip on a glass of wine, breathe in the crisp autumn air, and let the beauty of the vineyards and surrounding landscapes enhance your tasting experience.

9. Pick Your Own Farms Have Fun Fall Activities in Western NC

Pick your own farms¬†are a great way to experience the fall harvest season. Head to one of the area’s many local farms and orchards to pick your own berries, pumpkins, and other seasonal produce. Enjoy the fall air and stunning scenery as you wander through the fields and orchards, choosing the perfect fruits and vegetables to take home. Many farms also offer fun fall activities, making it a fun day out for the whole family.

10. Visit Hendersonville, NC, for Fall Activities in Western NC

Hendersonville, NC, is a charming destination to visit in the fall. As the colors begin to change in the higher elevations of the Blue Ridge Mountains, you can witness the stunning fall foliage. Explore the historic downtown area, visit museums, hike through scenic trails, and indulge in the local breweries and wineries. Take advantage of the opportunity to pick your own apples at Mountain Fresh Orchards, where you can enjoy the bounty of the season. Experience the beauty of Hendersonville and create unforgettable memories in this picturesque North Carolina town.

Make the Most of Your Fall Getaway at The Orchard Inn  


The Orchard Inn sets the scene as the perfect home base when planning an itinerary of fall activities in Western NC.

Wake up in the heart of the mountains and take in the breathtaking fall scenery with a cup of coffee in hand. Choose between B&B rooms, stunning suites, and cozy cottages.

Our rooms have cozy gas fireplaces, beautiful views, breakfast, and access to our restaurant,¬†Newman’s.

We make relaxing and enjoying yourself easy. Browse our accommodations and special packages to see all we have to offer. We would love to have you stay with us!