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What to Expect This Fall in Asheville NC

Oct 20, 2020

7 Activities This Fall in Asheville NC

There is no better time to explore Asheville, NC than during the autumn months. As the fall spirit fills the air, the charming city nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains takes on a whole new life. 

Let’s take a look at what you can expect this fall in Asheville, NC and enjoy the season to the fullest in the Carolina Mountains. 

1. Take a Stroll Through Downtown Asheville

The streets of downtown Asheville welcome you with open arms to this magnificent and eclectic mountain city. Within the downtown area, visitors can find more than 100 dining options and local breweries perfect for foodies passionate about trying the latest culinary creations. For those who enjoy shopping, there are also over 200 locally owned stores and boutiques to find the perfect gift for a loved one. 

Most famous for its vibrant art scene, there are countless art galleries in downtown Asheville where you can find one-of-a-kind art pieces to bring home and showcase in your luxury mountain home. Be sure to check out the River Arts District and explore working studios and galleries, as well as the opportunity to get to know some of the local artists. 

2. Discover the Biltmore Estate and Gardens

One of the most famous homes in the country is located just a short drive from downtown Asheville, the Biltmore Estate. This grand estate is the largest in the United States and a must-see if you are visiting the area. During the fall months, the estate’s gardens are a lovely place to take a walk and appreciate the changing colors of the foliage. If you would rather explore on a bike, there are easy biking trails on the grounds perfect for riders of all ages. Wine lovers will enjoy taking a tour of the vineyards and learning how their wine is made –– the best part being the wine tasting at the end of the tour. Be sure to check out all of the activities happening this fall at the Biltmore Estate

3. Drive Along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Autumn is arguably the best time of the year to cruise along “America’s favorite drive.” During the fall, the iconic blue-toned mountains are draped with vibrant reds, oranges and yellows. The Blue Ridge Parkway spans a distance of 469 miles, making it easy to explore the colorful mountains from North Georgia all the way to Virginia. 

Visitors can start to see the colors change first in higher elevations and if you want to see the colors at their peak, be sure to plan your visit for mid to late October, as the shorter days and cooler nights are the perfect conditions for a vivid display of colors. Don’t forget to plan to make a few stops to appreciate the spectacular views from the various overlooks along the parkway.

4. Take a Fall Hike 

As the mountain air starts to cool off, get closer to nature and take a long hike through one of the many local parks in the Blue Ridge Mountains. During the fall months, walks through the forests become even more enjoyable, as you can appreciate the colorful changes occurring in nature up close. With hundreds of trails to explore in the area, you’ll never run out of new mountain hiking trails to discover. The hikes near Asheville, NC range from easy strolls to strenuous climbs and offer a fun fall activity for climbers of all experience levels. 

Learn More: Top 7 Hiking Trails in the Blue Ridge Mountains

5. Pack a Picnic With a View

If you’re planning a day spent outdoors, stop by the local farmers market, pack a tasty picnic filled with fresh local produce, and head over to one of the best viewpoints in the area. Sounds pretty amazing, right? Throughout the Blue Ridge Parkway, there are many designated picnic areas with lovely sitting areas. Or bring a blanket and find your own private spot where you can enjoy the beautiful views.

6. Go Apple Picking

There’s nothing sweeter than biting into a crisp, fresh apple from this year’s mountain harvest. Around Asheville, NC, there are a number of orchards where you can go pick your own basket of apples, right off the tree. A few local favorites to visit during the fall include Justus Orchard, Grandad’s Apples N’ Such, and Skytop Orchard. Oftentimes, these orchards also offer other fall activities right on the property such as hayrides, corn mazes, and live music performed by local artists. Making for a festive day the whole family can enjoy.

7. Get Lost in the Annual Eliada Corn Maze

If you’re in Asheville, NC, you won’t want to miss the annual Eliada Corn Maze. In addition to the large corn maze, visitors can take a tractor ride through the farm, shoot corn cannons, play on a giant jumping pillow, and enjoy many more family-friendly activities on the grounds. The best part is that all of the proceeds benefit the Eliada Agency and support their mission of helping children succeed through positive child and youth development programming. 

There’s Always Something To Do at The Cliffs

Given its proximity to Asheville, NC, The Cliffs is the perfect place to enjoy fall in the Carolina mountains. This luxury private community is home to three distinct regions: The Asheville Region, The Mountain Region, and The Lake Region. Each one exemplifies the simple pleasures of mountain living. 

With countless exclusive amenities, members can enjoy pet-friendly walking and hiking trails, world-class golf courses designed by some of the greatest players in the game, and hundreds of private social clubs –– and all without ever leaving the community gates! Additionally, the prime location of these communities keep members well connected with other charming mountain towns and state parks in the area. 

Ready to take advantage of everything that The Cliffs has to offer its members? Start exploring available homesites, estates, cottages, and townhomes or our newest built-for-sale neighborhood, Meadowview in our community today! If you need additional resources, simply contact our team to learn more about how you can start your new life at The Cliffs. 

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