As autumn descends upon the South, few places showcase the splendor of the season better than the high country around Blowing Rock, North Carolina. The region, with its picturesque settings, is a palette of fiery reds, vibrant oranges, and golden yellows, offering visitors a mesmerizing experience. Here’s a glimpse into the autumnal magic of Blowing Rock and its surroundings.
The Leaf-Change Phenomenon
Timing is Everything: Typically, by early-to-mid October, the high country around Blowing Rock starts its transformation. The peak foliage, however, can be anytime from mid-October to early November. This window is when the colors are at their most dazzling. We may be bias, but our favorite spot for viewing is looking over right outside of Jasper House by the firepit.
Blue Ridge Parkway: Often referred to as “America’s Favorite Drive,” the parkway is especially captivating in fall. The Linn Cove Viaduct and various overlooks offer panoramic views of the foliage. Be sure to also check out, Highway 221, another scenic route. It’s less traveled than the parkway and offers a more intimate experience of the fall landscape.
Autumn at Oz: Celebrate the fall season with a visit to the old “Land of Oz” theme park. This annual event lets visitors walk the famous yellow brick road amidst the backdrop of fall foliage.
Blowing Rock Art in the Park: A celebration of local artisans showcasing their crafts amidst the beautiful autumn backdrop. You can check out this talent on August 12, September 9, and October 7 from 10am – 5pm rain or shine in Park Avenue (Downtown Blowing Rock).
Glen Burney Trail: This trail takes you through the ancient woods of Annie Cannon Gardens and offers views of cascades colored by fall.
Bass Lake Loop: A gentle walk around Bass Lake offers reflection views of the fall colors in the water, making for a serene experience.
BRMC Trails: Our trail network is as vast and varied as those found in many national parks, snaking across all 6,000+ acres of BRMC mountain land. Unspoiled beauty abounds. You can enjoy 50+ miles of scenic trails and forested landscapes to explore during this magnificent season. Click here for a link to our trail map.
Visit the local farmers’ markets, which are abundant with seasonal produce like pumpkins, apples, and sweet potatoes. Also, don’t miss out on trying some fresh apple cider or pumpkin-flavored treats that local bakeries and cafés serve during this season.
The High Country offers a plethora of cozy cabins, lodges, and bed & breakfasts that cater to fall travelers. Imagine waking up to a view of the mountains adorned in fall colors or sipping hot cocoa by the fireplace in the evening! Check out BRMC’s rentals, here.
Boone: A short drive away, this charming town also offers splendid fall views and attractions like the Hickory Ridge Living History Museum.
Grandfather Mountain: Famous for its Mile-High Swinging Bridge, it offers a bird’s-eye view of the region’s fall beauty.
Fall in the High Country around Blowing Rock, NC, is not just a season; it’s an experience. It’s a time when nature paints the landscape with a brush of dreamy hues, and the cool mountain air carries with it a hint of anticipation for the winter to come. Whether you’re a photographer, a nature lover, or simply someone looking to escape the hustle and bustle, Blowing Rock in the autumn is a destination that promises memories to last a lifetime.