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West Jefferson NC Fall Color Festival Guide 2020

Our West Jefferson NC Fall Color & Festival 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 (West Jefferson's Elevation is 3,000). 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 3rd Week of October is the best time to view peak leaf color in West Jefferson NC.


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


  • Mount Jefferson State Natural Area
    Mount Jefferson rises 1,600 feet above the town of West Jefferson, making it a create spot for a picnic or an easy spot to capture a great view shot of the area. There are a few hiking trails at the top, included a special trail for kids!

  • Elk Knob State Park
    Elk Knob is one of the highest peaks in the NC High Country at 5,520 feet (so peak leaf color will be found here the first week of October!).  There is a well maintained trail to the summit that has one of the top three views of the regioncsacs.

  • Cascades Falls
    Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 271.9
    This waterfall located in the EB Jeffress Park is a one mile round trip with many stairs. When you get to the bottom of the stairs, you will see a 35 foot waterfall. TIP: Add on a .5 walk at the bottom of the Cascades Fall to the Tomkins Knob cabin.


  • West Jefferson Antiques Fair
    Sept 18-19
    Downtown West Jefferson
    Numerous antique vendors set up during this fair and one can find a variety of items including vintage furniture, coins, glassware, quilts, refurbished antiques, pottery, silver, vintage signage and much more.  Live music, food vendors and childrens activities also take place.

  • Festival of the Frescoes
    Glendale Springs
    An old-fashioned country fair with baked goods, local crafts, raffles, children's activities, live music and more.  Located on the grounds of the Holy Trinity Church, home of Ben Long's fresco "The Last Supper."

  • Autumn Leaf Festival
    Ashe County History Museum
    A fun-filled festival featuring vendors, historic demonstrations, children’s activities, food, and more. Celebrate Autumn Ashe County Style!

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


  • Ashe County Corn Maze
    The maze features much more than a corn maze!  Make a day of your trip and play horse shoes and corn hole, jump in the bounce house, ride the pipe slide, roast a marshmallow and get your face painted on the weekend.

    LOCAL TIP: Concession stand is on site with hotdogs and such for sale. Picnic Tables with shade umbrellas are set up for a pleasant place to have lunch.

  • Scarecrow Contest Walking Tour
    Downtown West Jefferson
    The merchants of downtown West Jefferson have scarecrow displays throughout town.  Some are interactive so charge your phone so you can take plenty of photos! 

    LOCAL TIP: A good way to see the scarecrows is by following the downtown mural trail.  Pick up a map at the Ashe Arts Council and stop by the Ashe County Cheese Factory nextdoor for some refreshments to enjoy on your walk.

  • View a list of all the apple orchards and corn mazes in the region HERE