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There’s something so satisfying about stepping outside and breathing in the crisp mountain air in autumn. 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 in October. 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.
5 of the Best Reasons to Visit Western NC in October
“I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” - L.M. Montgomery
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:
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. Make sure to stop at some of the scenic overlooks to take in the area’s natural beauty. You could easily plan your route or just see where the road takes you!
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.
Grandad’s Apples N’ Such
Sky Top Apple Orchard
Travel Tip: In the mood for a delicious, alcoholic cider beverage? Head to Urban Orchard Cider Co.
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 October! Fill your days with food, drinks, live music, hayrides, pumpkin picking, and so much more. Here are a few of our favorite events to look forward to:
Fall Festivities at Hickory Nut Gap Farm
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’re planning to visit around Halloween, consider booking an Asheville ghost tour in advance. They tend to fill up quickly.
Make the Most of Your Fall Getaway at The Orchard Inn
The Orchard Inn sets the scene as the perfect home base when you plan a visit to Western NC in October. 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. We can’t wait to host you!
Plan the Perfect Vacation
If you need more help planning your visit to Western NC in the fall, be sure to request a free copy of our Vacation Guide! Inside, you’ll find the best recommendations for things to do.