Autumn is a spectacular time of year to visit the Appalachian Mountains. Of course, it gets colder sooner in the Northern Appalachian Mountains, but the Southern Appalachians are not far behind in color change due to an elevation of over 5,000 feet in some regions. Regardless of your location along the Appalachians, the fall foliage is nothing short of breathtaking! People travel from all corners of the earth to catch a front row seat in this dazzling display of color, that only lasts a brief time.
Weather has a major impact on the time and duration of the fall foliage, so you have to plan accordingly. This post is for those individuals interested in viewing the fall foliage in the Southern Appalachian region. There are several great websites that post the status of the foliage, for your convenience. I will post a few below. Typically, fall foliage begins around late October, and ends around early November. The weather is cool and the air is crisp. What better time to travel and see first-hand as Blue Ridge Mountains turn anything but blue!
While you’re planning your trip up to see us, don’t forget to check out some of our wonderful fall festivals while you are here! My favorite is the Folk School Fall Festival, located in Brasstown, NC. It is a time when the locals showcase skills and handmade crafts that much of our culture has lost over time. There are also several apple festivals, and fresh picked apples, apple cider, apple cobbler….you get the idea! Or stop by Mercier Orchards and pick your own apples!
Families might consider taking a ride on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad or the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway for a sneak peek of fall foliage in areas where there are no roadways. Speaking of roadways, we also have the famous Blue Ridge Parkway, where some of the most incredible photographs are taken. We also have Tail of the Dragon for the motorcycle enthusiasts.
Clingmans Dome and Brasstown Bald will put you up in the air for a great view, with little to no hiking. If you prefer to hike, well, we also have the equally popular Appalachian Mountain Trail. Whatever your preference, the area is quick to accommodate. Whether you’re a nature lover or prefer to engage with the locals at one of many festivals, you are sure to have a memorable trip. With all the Appalachians have to offer, you’ll see why they call it God’s country. We hope to see youns soon! Safe travels.