As the warm summer weather gives way to the cooler temperatures of fall, Asheville, North Carolina becomes a haven for weekend “leaf peepers,” and those seeking to surround themselves in town’s natural beauty. From the perfect drive to fun-filled family activities, these are our top reasons to visit in the fall.
The Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway runs right through Asheville and offers locals and guests an incredible view throughout the year. However, the view in the fall when the leaves are at their peak colors and the cool air of autumn have rolled is almost otherworldly. There are a number of overlooks along the way that offer beautiful photo opportunities. If you follow the Parkway it will take you through the Pisgah National Forest, which leads you to the Looking Glass Falls. One of the most popular and beautiful waterfalls in the state, this beautiful natural wonder is the perfect spot for a family photo. It can be easily accessed from the roadside via stairs or a handicap accessible ramp.
The Orchard at Altapass
Located along the Blue Ridge Parkway, the orchard offers free mountain music, hiking trails, hayrides, children’s programs and a number of other family-oriented activities throughout the week. In addition, there is a general store on-site that stocks a number of homemade products including jams, jellies, and fudge. In addition to seasonal activities, the location offers a Book Club and a number of activities each month for you and your family to enjoy.
Explore the River
Though you can fish here throughout the year, there is something spectacular about heading out on the water in the fall. The “Fall Foliage French Broad Float,” in particular is one way to explore the area amidst the changing colors. Offered by Wai Mauna SUP Tours, this unique tour starts and ends in the center of Asheville’s River Arts District and runs four miles through the downtown area of the city. The guided tour runs four times each day with all of the proceeds from the rentals going directly to a local non-profit that works to restore the historic watershed.
These are just a few of the reasons to explore Ashville in the fall. Pack up the family, grab your camera, and head out to explore all that this beautiful state has to offer.