The Hendersonville area is gearing up for a colorful fall season and the bounty of the apple harvest. Experts are predicting spectacular fall color due to the drier than usual spring and summer. The Western North Carolina Mountains should display the most vibrant fall color in many years. The 2015 harvest season is producing a good crop for the Henderson County growers
As you plan your fall mountain get-away, your window of opportunity is larger than you think. The peak fall foliage season usually lasts from mid-October to early November depending on where you are. No matter what week of leaf season you arrive, peak fall color is nearby. The change in color begins in the higher elevations and cascades down the mountain side to the foothills. The Western North Carolina mountains provide a variety of elevations, from the highest peaks, to the gently rolling foothills all within a short drive of the Hendersonville area including the popular Blue Ridge Parkway. The opportunities are plentiful to witness spectacular fall color and beautiful mountain vistas. Remember that colors do not disappear after their peak, but become muted with age; the reds turn to rust and yellows into gold. The many hiking trails also display colorful fall flowers such as: black-eyed Susans, asters, Joe Pye weed, goldenrod, wild sunflowers, and virgin's bower. Mountain hiking ranges from easy flat walks to strenuous trails for the more experienced hiker. Check the weekly leaf report during October for suggestions of where to find peak color. Suggested scenic driving
tours and hikes.
The North Carolina apple harvest season is celebrated from early September through mid October. North Carolina is the 7th largest apple-producing state in the nation and Henderson County is the largest apple-producing county in North Carolina. The most widely-grown apples are Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Rome Beauty and Galas. In addition, a number of other varieties are harvested. Fresh apples, cider and many other items may be purchased at one of the many roadside apple markets or produce stands located throughout Henderson County. Some orchards offer tours and allow you to pick your own apples. Take a self-guided tour in and around Henderson County's apple country for apple products and view the orchards.
For additional lodging information contact the Hendersonville Visitors Center at 800-828-4244 or visit the
Henderson County Room Vacancy Report