A Mountaineer’s Guide to Embarking on Asheville in the Fall

Every year leaf lookers flock to the valleys of Western North Carolina for unparalleled views. Catch the shifting greens to yellows while embracing Asheville in the fall. Our beautiful mountain town flawlessly blends autumn’s most coveted traditions with all of the character of Art City. Toss on your cardigan and grab a pumpkin spice—you’ll want to see it all this fall. 

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Everything You Need to Know About Asheville in the Fall

Don’t miss your opportunity to explore Asheville this fall. From the rolling hills to the fragrant orchards, Asheville doesn’t play when it comes to celebrating the harvest season. Embark on your perfect Smoky Mountain fall day.

 

  • Find the Fall Foliage

Catch the first leaf falling from the mountainside. Here are a few of our favorite fall hikes near Asheville.

    • fall foliage in AshevilleGraveyard Fields Trail

Embark on one of Blue Ridge Parkway’s hidden waterfalls. Graveyard Fields Trail is just under three miles roundtrip and is dripping in rhododendron and mountain laurel. Trek back to the untouched waterfall to watch the leaves gently cascading over the clear, crisp water.

    • Beacon Heights Trail

If you want a short hike without sacrificing any of the views, you’ll want to journey up to Beacon Heights. The one-mile roundtrip hike starts at the Blue Ridge Parkway mile marker 305.2. The summit provides a birds-eye view of Grandfather Mountain and the burnt oranges that surround it.

    • Carrier Park  

Carrier Park is located in West Asheville along the French Broad River. Go for a picnic, enjoy a bike ride, or relax in a hammock to the sounds of the water. 

 

  • Apple Picking in Asheville

Take part in fall’s tried and true harvest tradition. Get your Fuji, Honeycrisp, Jonagolds, and Rome varieties during your annual trip to the orchard.   

    • Grandad’s Apples

Apple Orchard in AshevilleGrandad’s Apples in Henderson boasts over 100 acres of fall activities. Apple picking is usually available as early as August (weather-dependent). Guests are welcome to pick their own or purchase pre-picked apples from the country store. 

The fun doesn’t stop there! Get lost in their five-acre corn maze, find your perfect pumpkin, get face-to-face with one of grandad’s goats, and let the kids loose on the jumping pillow. Plan to spend a day at this family-run farm.

    • Barber Orchards Fruit Stand

Barber Orchards Fruit Stand has been serving Waynesville since 1932. It is open seasonally and offers 20 different varieties of mountain apples. And if you think their apples are good, wait until you try their pies. Get there early as they sell out quickly!

 

  • Asheville’s Fall Festivals

Asheville hosts some of the best festivals on the East Coast. Discover the exciting events happening this fall!

    • North Carolina Apple Festival

Ferris Wheel at North Carolina Mountain State FairEvery Labor Day weekend for the last 72 years, the North Carolina Apple Festival lines the streets of Hendersonville. The festival embraces everything autumn from freshly picked apples, local vendors, tasty, hot treats, and live music. It’s the perfect way to ring in the new season.

    • North Carolina Mountain State Fair

What would fall be without a nostalgic Ferris wheel ride? Visit the North Carolina Mountain State Fair and celebrate farming and funnel cakes. The fair takes place during the second week of September.  

    • CiderFest NC

Take a stroll through Carrier Park for Asheville’s more fermented apple festival. CiderFest NC combines the colors of the park with the tastes of local cider and mead makers. Stomp along to live music, explore the arts and crafts, and learn more about sustainability in North Carolina.  

 

Watch the Leaves Fall From Oak Hill on Love Lane

Bobby Breese SuiteWe’ve saved your spot on the hill—Oak Hill, that is. After a day of exploring the colors of Asheville, come back to the Bobby Breese Suite. The second-floor suite boasts an airy bedroom drenched in natural light from the wall-to-wall, plantation-style windows. It offers a queen-size bed, private sitting area with a cozy fireplace, an en-suite bathroom, and a complimentary gourmet breakfast. 

Add a private cooking class to your stay and learn about tasty fall dishes from across the globe. Chef Anna is versed in nearly everything European, and she is sure to send you home with a recipe that’ll impress your guests. We can’t wait to welcome you to Oak Hill this fall!