We have a confession to make – we love the fall season in Western North Carolina. The air is crisp, the sky is bluer, and the leaves put on an earthy show of color. Things are slowing down a little, and we take a moment to appreciate a campfire, a warm cup of spiced tea, and the comforting folds of a flannel blanket.
Asheville Fall Colors
Fall is a lovely season just about anywhere you go, but here in Asheville, we are really lucky. Not only do we have one of the longest fall color seasons in the country, but there are over a hundred species of trees in our area, which means a greater variety and depth of color. To put it mildly, the Blue Ridge Mountains and the surrounding area are spectacular in autumn.
Predicting ‘peak color’ is difficult. Here is one of our favorite Fall Color Prediction Maps. Just slide the circle to the date you’re interested in visiting Western North Carolina, and watch the map turn red, orange, and yellow.
Locals have many affectionate nicknames for people who like to look at the changing leaves – leaf people, leaf lookers, leaf peepers, leafy… the list goes on and on. Once you get your fill of staring at the leaves, or you want to do something while you stare at the leaves, check out the following list of some of our favorite things to do in the fall.
Brews and Views
Asheville loves beer!
Fun fact: Asheville has more breweries per capita than anywhere else in the USA.
IPA, stout, cider – we’ve got it all! If you like beer, and you like taking in the stunning colors of fall, you can visit a brewery or pack a picnic and relax with a drink while enjoying the view.
Another favorite of ours is beer ice cream – you read that right – BEER ICE CREAM! The good folks over at The Hop Ice Cream Cafe know that the only way to improve ice cream is by adding beer. Their flavors change almost daily, but if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to indulge in one of their beer-flavored ice creams – or even a Hopsicle!
Leaves aren’t the only fall color in Asheville
Look up into the trees to enjoy the color of autumn leaves, and then let your eyes drift down to the ground to take in another array of color – wildflowers!
Sunny goldenrod, witch hazel and yellow ironweed, purple aster, and the red berries of mountain ash all offer a stunning counterpoint to the fall colors above.
Go on a Fall Color Adventure with us!
We can never decide if we like rafting or ziplining best in the fall, and now we’ve got another adventure to further confuse us – canyoneering! The view from the river of the fall colors is unmatched – unless you compare it to the astonishing views you get while flying through the air on one of our ziplines.
Zipline with us and get a perspective on the fall colors that you’ve never seen before. It’s fantastic seeing the leaves while you’re literally in the trees. You’ll especially love the view from our treehouse. We urge you pause in our treehouse and soak up all the brilliant color of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Want to take in the fall color while rafting? Experience a fun-filled whitewater rafting adventure, or choose to do a milder calm water float trip. Both trips will take you into the heart of the beautiful and scenic French Broad River valley.
This is the first year we are offering canyoneering to our guests, and we can only imagine how beautiful it’s going to be while we hike, boulder-hop, and waterfall rappel through the autumn forest. Come along with us as we explore and discover hidden gems most people will never get to see.
Colorful Works of Art… and Crafts!
If you want to take in an entirely different kind of beauty, we encourage you to visit our many arts and crafts shows. Western North Carolina is home to hundreds of talented artists who are inspired by the splendor around them.
Some of our favorite shows include:
The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands: Oct 20 – 22nd
Asheville Art in the Park: Oct 7, 14, and 21st
Can’t get enough of arts and crafts? Click Here to see a list of 80 festivals celebrated in Western North Carolina.