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

Additional Tours & Itineraries

Weekly fall color reports, suggested scenic routes, are available from October to November. The leaf report provides suggestions for finding the best color in the region. Discover breathtaking views of fall is on scenic drives and mountain hiking.  Fall foliage outings include self-guided driving tours, mountain views, apple orchards, country roads, local attractions, waterfalls, colorful hiking trails and fall wildflowers. Directions are available at the Visitors Center or on this web page during the fall season.

As you plan your fall mountain getaway, your window of opportunity is larger than you think. The peak leaf color season lasts from early October to mid-November depending on where you are.  No matter what week of leaf season, peak fall color is somewhere close by.  The Blue Ridge Mountains located in western North Carolina provide a variety of elevations, from the highest peaks to the warm, gently rolling foothills. The chances to witness spectacular fall color and beautiful mountain vistas are plentiful.  One of the most popular destinations for leaf lookers is to venture to the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, located approximately 15 miles from downtown Hendersonville.

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  

Blue Ridge Parkway - is located approximately 15 miles west of Hendersonville. Directions to access the Blue Ridge Parkway from downtown Hendersonvile or enjoy a lovely loop tour                     

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.

  Click for suggested scenic fall drives & hikes

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