The Best Ways & Days to View Fall Leaf Color in the NC High Country!


Appalachian State University’s Professor of Plant Physiology, Howie Neufeld, Ph.D., provides weekly leaf color updates for the High Country.  According to Neufeld, peak colors will occur in mid-October, around the 10-14th in the High Country.  Leaf color will peak earlier at higher elevations near Grandfather Mountain and Mt. Mitchell. To see the latest color update, Click Here


Drive & Hike the Blue Ridge Parkway
Driving and hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway is the most popular way to take in the fall leaf splendor.  The elevation view range from the parkway is so great that you should catch a glimpse of color either above or below you! Click Here to view a list of overlooks and trails by Milepost.

Visit the Top 10 High Elevations in the High Country
As our namesake implies, when you visit the High Country, you are never far from a high elevation with a great vista. Many of the highest points are surprisingly easy to access by car or by path. Click Here to view the list. 

Take the Top 5 Scenic Back Road Drives
One of the best ways to enjoy the colorful leaves besides taking the Blue Ridge Parkway, is by taking a drive down a country back road in the High Country’s Blue Ridge Mountains.  With lower speed limits, little traffic, breathtaking beauty, country stores and diner stops and exciting twists and turns these routes are sure to be a memorable experience.  Click Here to view the list.

Enjoy a Fall Festival
The small communities of the High Country celebrate the harvest season with food, craft, music, dancing and other fun activities for all ages.  You could follow the Yellow Brick Road at Autumn at Oz or race a worm to predict the winter weather at the Woolly Worm Festival to name a couple!  Click Here for a full list of High Country Fall Festivals.

01_New River Take a Bike Ride
Take a leisurely ride through the country to admire the mountains. Our cool temperatures, fresh air and bike friendly communities are here to welcome you! Click Here to view a list of High Country biking routes by difficulty.

Go for a Canoe or Horse Ride
Try some other methods of alternative transportation to take in the scenic views.  Canoe what is thought to be the second oldest river in the world, the New River in Ashe and Alleghany Counties or go for a horseback ride over the mountaintops!  Click Here for a list of outfitters in the High Country.






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