In Western North Carolina, predicting the best weekend to catch the fall leaves is almost a competitive sport. Both visitors and locals track forecasts on websites like Romantic Asheville, Explore Asheville, and The Blue Ridge Parkway.
While the changing leaves are certainly spectacular, Western North Carolina is packed with opportunities that make autumn the perfect season to fall in love with Asheville.
Hiking Biking Boating.
Very few things beat an afternoon drive along the Parkway to take in those otherworldly reds, yellows, and oranges. But viewing the leaves via hiking, biking, or boating is pure magic. Because fall temperatures are mild and rainfall reaches annual lows, fall is the perfect season for outdoor adventuring.
Asheville locals Jamie & Brent Bookwalter are hosting the Bookwalter Binge October 31st. Participants will be able to enjoy the colorful fall foliage and have a chance to experience the hospitality and charm of Black Mountain and Asheville
Once the colors start to change, hikes with vista views like those found at Looking Glass Rock are simply remarkable. Local rafting companies like French Broad Rafting or the Nantahala Outdoor Center lead whitewater trips throughout fall and offer kayak rental for some solitary time on the water. For a unique fall experience, take in a full view of the transitioning landscape via Navitat’s Blue Ridge Experience ziplining trip. A day mountain or road biking along Asheville’s less traveled paths promises to put you right in the middle of the some of Western North Carolina’s most beautiful spots.
Fall in Asheville is happens to be festival season, too. The Lake Eden Arts Festival (or LEAF as the locals call it) is a renowned celebration of art and culture. The musical line-up features heavy hitters like Talib Kweli, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Aaron Neville, Bootsy Collins, alongside regional acts. Yet, the highlight of LEAF involves the interactive art filling the festival grounds. You’ll have to see the twenty-five foot puppets that march in the afternoon parade to believe it.
September, October, and November also feature the NC Apple Festival, Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project’s Farm Tour, Oktoberfest, Brewgrass, Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands, HardLox Jewish Festival, Asheville Downtown Gallery Association Art Walk, French Broad Brew Fest, Blue Ridge Pride and CiderFest NC. Check them out, and let us know which one is your favorite!
Local Living ?
Fall is a high time for tourism, but one of Asheville’s best kept secrets is that fall is a season for locals, too. After the flurry of summer travel but before we’re cozied up inside for winter, locals are loving Asheville. Fall finds us savoring porch weather, hanging out with friends and neighbors, and using the influx of tourists as an excuse to seek out undiscovered hiking trails or a new restaurant in nearby Black Mountain or Marshall.
If we’re not in the office, you’ll find the Broker Asheville team playing outside or taking in one of the season’s unique Asheville festivals. Get in touch, and we’ll happily share more about what makes fall a great time to become a local.