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Wilkesboro NC Fall Color Festival Guide 2020

Our Wilkesboro NC Fall Guide 2020 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! 


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.


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


  • 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!


  • Brushy Mountain Apple Festival
    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
    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


  • Apples, Apples, Apples!
    Wilkes County is home to more apple orchards than any other county in the region. Take you pick from Perry Lowe Orchard, Parkers Orchard, Tevepaugh Orchards, and Hareapple Farm.

    10/24, 7:30 & 8pm
    Wilkes Heritage Museum
    Enjoy legends of the past and stories of ghosts in the present.  Tours are $10. To reserve, call 336-667-3171

  • West Park After Dark
    10/31, 7pm
    West Park, North Wilkesboro
    Drive-in movies: "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" and "COCO" Advanced registration required via FB @WilkesNC Tourism

  • Hillside Horror
    9/24-11/14, 8-10pm
    Roaring River (Near Wilkesboro)
    Take a hayride into the darkness and escape at Hillside Horror if you dare.  For more information, click HERE

  • Spooktacular
    10/31, 4-6pm
    Hillside Horror, Roaring River (Near Wilkesboro)
    Prior to our regular scary Halloween night show, we allow families to experience our attraction without the intense scare factor as they trick or treat along the trail.


  • View a list of corn mazes in the region HERE