North Carolina is home to multiple lakes, an abundance of mountains and nature trails, and is notoriously considered one of the best places to live for those who enjoy experiencing every season for its best attributes; Our Winters are mild, our Springs perfectly balance the tail-end temperatures of Winter with the bright sun and warm breezes of Summer, our Summers in full bloom are hot but breezy (and you will never be bored), and our Falls are famous for their breathtaking foliage. If you’re looking for a reason to move here, we just provided you with the beginnings of your “pro”-list…you’re welcome. Whether or not Fall stirs about an obsessive urge in you to throw on a pair of boots, speed on down to your local pumpkin patch and start plotting your plan to win “Best Costume of the Year”, you will not be able to deny the awe-inspiring colors of Fall in the Carolinas.
Oh, is today the first day of Fall? We hadn’t noticed…
This year we’ve had some pretty heavy rainfall and were blasted with Hurricane Florence just a few weeks before the Fall season started. Luckily, the effects were not as devastating to the Western part of the state as originally predicted, and will not have an effect on the peak foliage season. Because the rainfall hit heavy while the leaves were still green and hadn’t yet begun to change colors, there won’t be an effect on the start time and length of the peak season. So, when the temperatures start to drop and the leaves begin to change, you will be free to explore the mountains, take some beautiful photos and have an adventure that encompasses all the beauty that we are lucky enough to be surrounded by in the Fall.
While there are tons (and tons, and tons) of spots you can visit to get that colorful experience, here are a few of the best:
The Linville Gorge
Located in Burke County, Asheville, and coined “The Grand Canyon of the East”, Linville Gorge is part of the Pisgah National Forest and offers trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Chimney Rock State Park
One of the most popular spots to visit in North Carolina, the granite rock sticks out over Lake Lure and Hickory Nut Gorge, and offers 75-mie views
One of the best places to experience Fall in North Carolina; Blowing rock offers trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Appalachian Trail, waterfalls, a road that drives straight through the mountain and offers breathtaking views, plus activities like zip lining and horseback riding.
A charming small town just off the Blue Ridge Parkway overlooking the tallest peak in North Carolina (Mount Mitchell) and offers an Inn with beautiful views of the mountains.
This little town has tons of Fall festivals and offers colorful views, hiking and other outdoor activities, as well as wineries, restaurants, shops, and lodging.
Know of any other great spots to experience Fall in the Carolinas? Drop a comment and let us know!