Asheville is home to many beautiful sights, and every fall, those sights are amplified by the cooler weather, changing colors, and extraordinary sunsets. There are many things you can do this fall to take advantage of the natural beauty of the area.
One of the easiest and best ways to experience the wonder of the changing colors is to go on a color tour around the Asheville area. These scenic drives will give you the best views of the colorful foliage that is happening during the beginning of the changing of the seasons.
Just off Blue Ridge Parkway, you can stop to enjoy a picnic and take a hike to Grandfather Mountain. You can get there a few ways from this point, and any way that you take is sure to give you great views of beautiful, changing colors. Grandfather Mountain is north of Asheville off of milepost 305 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. On your way there, you can visit Craggy Gardens at milepost 364, or stop to marvel at the Linn Cove Viaduct at milepost 304.
Another place north of Asheville is just off of US 19. Follow 19/23 north from downtown to Burnsville, and take some time to enjoy the quaint shops and galleries there. Continue your drive to Spruce Pine, and you can stop to enjoy the spectacular views afforded to you by the Black Mountains and Mount Mitchell, the highest peak in the eastern United States. It’s 6,684 feet tall!
Pisgah National Forest
Perhaps one of the more popular places to get great views is the Pisgah National Forest. The forest offers so much for visitors, as does the town surrounding the forest. Take the Blue Ridge parkway south out of Asheville and head toward Mount Pisgah at milepost 408, and you’re sure to catch some beautiful foliage views. Once you’re there, you can stop for a picnic, to hike or even for dinner from the Pisgah Inn, which has a great view of Looking Glass Rock. At milepost 411, you’ll drive right through the national forest and have a perfect view of Cold Mountain.
Wherever you are in the area, you’re sure to have great views of the beauty that surrounds Asheville. Just take the afternoon or evening, hop in your car and take a drive to truly appreciate the fall seasonfall!