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Wilkesboro NC Fall Color Festival Guide 2019


Our Wilkesboro NC Fall Guide 2019 highlights when to visit to see the best fall leaf color, best fall hikes and Blue Ridge Parkway overlooks, fall festivals, corn mazes and apple picking not to be missed! 

BEST WILKESBORO NC FALL LEAF COLOR VIEWING TIMES

Leaf color prediction forecasts are done based on elevation (Wilkesboro's Elevation is 1,047). Some things to consider that effect leaf color is the amount of rain, wind and heat the High Country receives during September and October.  That is something we cannot predict! Normally, the 1st Week of November is the best time to view peak leaf color in Wilkesboro NC.

INSIDER TIPS: 

  • View the latest leaf color prediction from Appalachian State University's Biology Department starting mid-September HERE

BEST WILKESBORO NC FALL WALKS & DRIVES

  • Stone Mountain State Park
    Located just outside of Wilkesboro, Stone Mountain has an elevation of 2,305 so peak leaf color is predicted to be seen around the last week of October.  Meander a hiking trail to a waterfall or the Huchinson Homestead.

  • Ferguson Country Drive
    Take a scenic fall drive along the Kerr Scott Reservoir on NC Highway 268 through Ferguson to Happy Valley.  Stop at Buffalo Merchantile & Cafe for lunch, go horseback riding at Leatherwood Mountains, then head to Fort Defiance for a bit of history!

WILKESBORO NC FALL FESTIVALS

  • Brushy Mountain Apple Festival
    Oct 5, 2019
    Downtown North Wilkesboro, NC
    One of the largest one-day arts & crafts festivals in the southeast, the event features over 400 arts & crafts booths, over 100 food vendors, 4 different music stages featuring Bluegrass, Blues, Country and Folk Music, dancers and more!  --And of course you will find lots of apples, apple cider, apple pies, dried apples, apple butter and anything else you can think to make from delicious fall apples!  For a detailed entertainment schedule CLICK HERE

  • Carolina in the Fall
    Sept 20-21
    Downtown Wilkesboro, NC 
    This music and food festival was created by the Kruger Brothers,an internationally known singer-songwriter trio. In its fifth year, Carolina in the Fall has become an annual pilgrimage of bluegrass and folk music lovers. In addition to great music, those that attend will be treated to some of North Carolina’s best food as each year trucks from the region will bring their secret recipes to feed the masses and vie for the Carolina in the Fall Food Truck Championship trophy. Additionally, local vineyards and regional craft breweries will be onsite to provide a taste of the region’s best beverages. For more details, click HERE

  • For a list of fall festivals in the region, click HERE

WILKESBORO NC FALL ACTIVITIES