Fall is officially here! It’s a favorite time of year for people for several reasons. The cooler weather, it’s boots and sweater season, pumpkin EVERYTHING… and one of my personal favorite reasons – the fall foliage. It’s STUNNING. Looking for a destination to experience the fall foliage near your community in North Carolina? Here are a few spots to visit:
(Charlotte region- photo courtesy of NC State Parks)
Crowders Mountain is only a 30-minute drive outside of Charlotte. For those who reside in the Charlotte region, this is a great way to escape the city life. Experience a stunning view from the top of the mountain. There’s a hiking trail for all experience levels. So pack some snacks and enjoy the view once you’ve made it to the top. Fun fact: you can see Charlotte’s skyline from the top (keep an eye out for The Vue!)
William B. Umstead State Park
(Raleigh region – photo courtesy of Visit NC)
Did you know there are 20 miles worth of marked trails? As VisitNC.com states: “There are 20 miles of marked trails at this 5,500-acre park that range from short strolls to deeper explorations of the mixed forests of pine and deciduous hardwoods, such as oaks, hickories and sweet gums. Most of the deciduous trees are examples of species native to the state. That combination can lead to spectacular views of autumn colors, when you’re not busy watching the wildlife or birds”.
Raven Rock State Park
(Cary Region – Photo courtesy of Visit NC)
Live in the Cary, NC region? This state park is less than an hour away! The Cape Fear River is popular for its hiking. Although it may get crowded at times, the view is completely worth it if you make it to the top of Raven Rock. The park is also known for “Lanier Falls” and the Fish Traps” rapids.
Uwharrie National Forest
(Near Charlotte, the Triad and the Triangle – Photo courtesy of theprestemons.wordpress.com )
This is roughly an hour and a half from Charlotte, the Triad and the Triangle! It makes for a great day trip to get out of the hustle and bustle. It covers 50,000 acres in parts of Mongomery, Davidson and Randolph counties. There are many activities to do here. Imagine yourself horseback riding through colorful trees- sign me up!
(Photo courtesy of romanticasheville.wordpress.com)
Asheville is a popular fall destination for people across the country. The “Land In The Sky” is surrounded by beautiful mountains. Asheville is known for the romantic setting, fabulous art and delicious food. Driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway to Asheville will be a treat. Some call it “America’s favorite drive”. There are many looking points that are seriously jaw dropping. While you’re in town- visit The Biltmore Estate, you won’t be disappointed! There’s even a weekly fall leaf foliage update– check it out to see what it currently looks like!
There are truly SO many places to see gorgeous fall foliage in North Carolina. Any State Park or National Forest will be a beautiful experience. What’s your favorite place to go?