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High Country Fall Things to Do Bucket List 2020


High Country Fall Things to Do Bucket List 2020
Looking for a list of ways to celebrate fall only in the NC High Country? We have it here! See if you can complete all the items on the bucket list for Boone, Blowing Rock, Banner Elk, Beech Mountain, Sugar Mountain, West Jefferson, Wilkesboro and Sparta:

 

  1. DRINK APPLE CIDER
    The first sip of fresh pressed apple cider in the fall is like a cozy fall hug! Perry Lowe Orchards in Moravian Falls (near Wilkesboro) makes fresh apple cider every fall-winter.  Buy cider by the gallon or try an apple cider slushie to refresh after picking your own apples.

    Prefer hard cider? Visit Molly Chomper Hard Cidery in beautiful Lansing (near West Jefferson).  


  2. JUMP IN THE LEAVES
    Head over to Price Park Picnic Area for the perfect location to make a leaf pile! Don't forget to bring a rake and a picnic to enjoy. *Tip: head over after 11 so the leaves have time to dry



  3. VISIT A CORN MAZE
    What would fall be without getting lost in a corn maze?  New River Corn Maze in Boone features over a mile of confusing trails to navigate. *Tip: New River Farm is also a great location for a picnic lunch by the New River


  4. PICK A PUMPKIN TO CARVE
    Pumpkin carving is more special when you get to pick your own! Find a pumpkin in the patch at New River Corn Maze or visit a local Farmers Market to pick from a wide variety of fresh pumpkins.


  5. TAKE A SCENIC DRIVE
    One of the best ways to enjoy the colorful leaves besides driving the Blue Ridge Parkway, is by taking a drive down a country backroad. View our mapped scenic drives or take a drive on the Barn Quilt Trail in Sparta.


  6. COZY UP BY A BONFIRE
    Enjoying the warmth of a fire with a cup of hot chocolate is a must in the fall!  Stay at Chetola Resort and enjoy the lakeside Bonfire Nights or rent a mountain cabin with a firepit.



  7. EAT TOO MUCH CANDY
    Trick or Treating may be cancelled this year, but you can still enjoy the thrill of going home with a bucket of candy! Head over to the Candy Barrel at Mast General Store in Boone or Mast General Store Annex in Valle Crucis.  In both locations, you can pick up a basket to fill up from the barrels of old-fashioned candy favorites.

    *If you can't make it to the store, you can also purchase a mini candy barrel filled with retro candy on the Mast General Store website HERE


  8. WATCH THE HAWK MIGRATION
    The High Country is a popular viewing area for hawk migrations due to the rocky outcroppings and mountain ridgelines that provide optimal wind currents for the hawks to ride as they head south for the winter. Find details on when and where to view HERE


  9. ENJOY PUMPKIN PIE ICE CREAM
    Pumpkin pie is great, but pumpkin ice cream is amazing! We know that Kilwins in Blowing Rock and the Grandfather Mountain Fudge Shop have tasty versions.


  10. CELEBRATE OKTOBERFEST
    The 30th Annual OktoberFest takes place at Sugar Mountain Ski Resort the second weekend of October.  Celebrate fall with live music, arts & crafts, bavarian food and fall color scenic lift rides! Details HERE



  11. BUY A COZY SWEATER
    Celebrate the start of the cooler months with a bright new sweater.  Crossnore Weavers provides heirloom quality woven garments and is a great daytrip. Tanger Outlets Blowing Rock is a shoppers paradise that is sure to have a sweater you will like.


  12. TAKE A SCENIC LIFT RIDE
    What is the ultimate lazy way to get sky high leaf views?  Ski lifts! Head up to Beech Mountain Resort for a scenic lift ride and take a Beech Mountain Day Trip.


  13. TOUR THE SCARECROW CONTEST
    Take a stroll through downtown West Jefferson and view the downtown business association scarecrow contest. The scarecrows will be up September 18- October 23. View our downtown West Jefferson daytrip HERE


  14. GO APPLE PICKING
    The Orchard at Altapass on the Blue Ridge Parkway provides a heirloom apple picking experience not to be missed! Bring your family and pets to explore over six miles of trails through the orchard and pick a bag for yourself.


  15. ZIPLINE THROUGH THE TREES
    Last but no least- the ultimate way to see the colorful fall leaves if from inside the tree canopy! The High Country has three ziplines to choose from, all with unique features.  View a zipline comparison HERE