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Fall Color Season
Weekly Fall Leaf Report
October 24, 2016
Peaks from early-October to early-November

Additional Tours & Itineraries

The Hendersonville area is located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains on a plateau with an altitude of 2200 feet above sea level.

This week is the peak of the fall foliage season in the Hendersonville area. Leaf lookers should find peak color in the 3,000-2,000 foot range. The Maples colors of red, yellow and orange; Sumacs are showing a rich red and Hickories are a deep golden.

Some great places to take-in the brilliant fall color on foot are the Carl Sandburg Home, Jump Off Rock, Holmes State Forest, DuPont State Recreational Forest, and the NC Arboretum. Beautiful drives include the Blue Ridge Parkway, and Pisgah National Forest.

  Apple Orchards & Pumpkins Patches
  North Carolina is the 7th largest apple-producing state in the nation and Henderson County is the largest apple-producing county in North Carolina and grows 85 percent of the apples in the state. The apple picking season has come to a close. Fresh apples, cider, pumpkins, gourds, baked goods, and many other items are available at the many roadside apple markets located throughout Henderson County. Most orchards open for the season in late-August until the end of October. There are several orchards that remain open until early- December. Check the apple directory for variety of apples grown and openings.
Apple Orchard Directory

                                                                  Suggested Locations for Fall Color  

DuPont State Recreational Forest is a suggestion for viewing fall color on foot. The forest encompasses 10,268 acres in Henderson and Transylvania counties.  It includes four spectacular waterfalls and 80 miles of roads and trails wandering through mountainous terrain. Fishing is allowed with a valid NC fishing license.  Take a self-guided driving tour to the forest, for fall hiking to some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Western North Carolina. DuPont State Forest is located approximately 12 miles from Downtown Hendersonville. Many scenes from the movie, The Hunger Games, were shot in Dupont. High Falls parking lot, 1300 Staton Rd, Cedar Mountain, NC. (828) 877-6527 GPS Coordinates: 35.18856,-82.632936

Holmes State Forest offers a series of well-marked trails, accented by exhibits and displays depicting ecology of a managed forest. The forest is open Tuesday-Sunday from mid-March to late November. The Hiking Trails are approximately 5 miles in varying degrees of difficulty. Trail maps are available at the Ranger Station. Bring a picnic lunch, picnic sites with tables and grills are available.  Holmes Educational State Forest  is located approximately 8 1/2 miles to Historic Downtown Hendersonville. For information call (828) 692-0100.

Jump Off Rock is located just minutes from Historic Downtown Hendersonville. The scenic overlook which provides a panoramic view of rolling pastures, the Blue Ridge and Pisgah mountain ranges. Jump Off Rock also holds an Indian legend that has been passed down for many, many   years. Over 300 years ago, a young Cherokee Indian maiden received word that her young Indian Chief had been killed in battle, so she climbed to the edge of the rock and jumped off.  Indian legend has it that on moonlit nights you can see the ghost of the maiden on Jump Off Rock The park is open daily, sunrise to sunset. No admission charge.

There are three hiking trials at Jump Off Rock, varying in length and difficulty. Blue Trail - easy trail, takes about 8 minutes, Yellow Trail - moderate trail, takes around 15 minutes & Red Trail - is the most difficult and the longest.

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site offers a keen insight on Mr. Sandburg, his family and their 264-acre working farm.Carl Sandburg, American poet, historian, author, and lecturer spent the final 22 years of his long and productive life at his estate, Connemara, in Flat Rock, NC. Today this The Sandburg Home houses his collection of 10,000 books, notes and papers. Home tours are offered daily tours. There are numerous hiking trails and a functional goat barn, where Mrs. Sandburg raised her prize-winning goats.

There are five miles of hiking trails located on the Connemara property. Each trail is easy to moderate, with Glassy Trail being steep in only one place. It takes is about 35 minutes at a steady walk to the top of Glassy.   Trail maps located at the main house or click for a trail map. For information call (828) 693-4178. 81 Carl Sandburg Lane (located off Little River Rd.), Flat Rock, NC.

The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most popular destinations for leaf lookers, it is located approximately 15 miles from Hendersonville. Mount Pisgah is one of the many scenic locations along the Parkway, it is 5,700 feet above sea level and offers panoramic. The best color this week will be found in elevations around 4,000-3,000 feet along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Travel North of Asheville towards Craggy Garden and south of Asheville towards Mount Pisgah of the best color. The Parkway's 469 toll-free miles combine an awesome natural beauty, mountain forests, wildlife, wildflowers and magnificent views. The Parkway was designed especially for leisure travel and enjoyment. Check the Blue Ridge Parkway web site for road closures. Please drive carefully on the Parkway and use patience.

North Carolina Arboretum spans 434 acres with 65 acres of cultivated gardens and 10 miles of hiking and biking trails. It houses one of the finest, bonsai collections in the United States. There is much to discover when you explore the Arboretum's many trails and state-of-the-art greenhouse. The North Carolina Arboretum is located 15 miles north of Hendersonville. For information call (828) 665-2492.

Pisgah National Forest is another favorite destination for fall color. The Pisgah National Forest's 501,691 acres stretches across the eastern edge of Western North Carolina's mountains. The Forest offers hiking trails, fishing, camping, picnic sites, and spectacular waterfalls. Some of Pisgah National Forest's attractions include Looking Glass Falls, Sliding Rock, Fish Hatchery, Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and The Cradle of Forestry. The Forest is located 18 miles west of Hendersonville. (828) 877-3265

Estimated Dates for Peak Color
Early -October: Elevations of 5,000 feet north of Asheville will show the most color, especially around the areas of Mount Mitchell, Grandfather Mountain.

Mid-October: In elevations greater than 4,000 feet, southwest of Asheville on the Blue Ridge Parkway will be showing color around Mount Pisgah, Devil's Courthouse, and Graveyard Fields. The Blue Ridge Parkway is located 15 miles north of Hendersonville.

Late-October: Colorful hiking spots include Jump Off Rock, Dupont State Recreational Forest, the Carl Sandburg Home and Holmes State Forest. Take a scenic fall driving tour of Hendersonville & Flat Rock or tour Henderson County's apple country.

Early-November: The Hickory Nut Gorge area of Chimney Rock and Lake Lure should be peaking. Lake Lure is located 14 miles east of Hendersonville. The small towns of Saluda, Tryon & Columbus in the foothills of Western North Carolina offers scenic overlooks, Pearson's Falls, equestrian events and hiking at FENCE and quiet back roads. Polk County is located 9 east miles of Hendersonville.

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