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5 Best Places to See Fall Foliage in North Carolina

by Jen Baxter 

Although many regions of North Carolina will witness the changing of the leaves this fall, the best view of the colors will be in the western part of the state, near the Blue Ridge Mountains. In fact, tens of thousands of people flock to this mountain range that spans over North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia, because of its bold colors. Due to its varied elevations, it is also one of the longest running leaf seasons in the world, beginning in October and ending in early November.

Since the changing of the leaves varies from year to year and region to region, there is no exact best time to take it in. But, since the foliage starts changing at higher elevations first and then works its way down the mountain, you can plan your trip accordingly.

Start Moving Down the Mountain in October
After the first few weeks of October, you can begin to see the leaves change color slightly lower down the mountain, around 4-5,000 feet. Here, you’ll want to check out the areas of Boone and Blowing Rock, as well as pretty much anywhere along the Blue Ridge Parkway. A particularly good spot during this time is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is one of the largest national parks in the country, as well as the most visited, but just one visit and you’ll understand what all the hype is about. Be sure to check out the views from Clingmans Dome, the tallest point in the park, and at the many overlook stops along Newfound Gap Road.

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October Events

Lake Lure Arts & Crafts Festival

Date: Oct 20 - Oct 21, 2018

Lake Lure Arts & Crafts Festival
Fall October 20-21, 2018

Presented by:
Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach
More Information Lake Lure Arts and Crafts Festivals


16 Best Thing to do in Asheville

Asheville, North Carolina is a beautiful mountain town surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, where you will find unique art, great food, breweries, pretty gardens and world-famous historic attractions such as Biltmore Estate and the Thomas Wolfe Memorial. Top things to do in Asheville, NC with kids include the Western North Carolina Nature Center which houses rare animals, a historic trolley tour and dining at family-friendly restaurants.

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There’s a lot to do in Hot Springs North Carolina!

From simply getting away and taking in nature or enjoying wonderful food, to the music and arts festivals, and great shopping complete with art from local artists.

Find More Things to do and Calendar Events Hot Springs NC


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