If you want to get out and enjoy the marvelous display of fall colors, here are the five must-see places to visit in western North Carolina.
5 Places to View Fall Colors
1. Chimney Rock State Park
An easy hike that accommodates anyone, it’s approximately a 1.5-mile round-trip hike starting at the point where it connects to the road by the upper parking lot. There are over 8,000 acres total in the park to explore beyond the main trail.
Chimney Rock is located about 25 miles southeast of Asheville, it’s a solid spot to go see the fall colors at an elevation of 2,280 feet.
2. Biltmore Estate
Biltmore Estate is a great place to visit any time of the year, and more so as the leaves are changing colors.
Located in Asheville and a sight to behold in every season, there are over 8,000 acres on the estate to explore, in addition to the house itself. Biltmore is a must if you are looking for a view that will make your heart skip a beat.
3. Linville Gorge
The Linville Gorge wilderness is the third largest wilderness area in North Carolina, so it only makes sense that it would be third on the list. With over 11,800 acres of land there is plenty to explore. Called the Grand Canyon of North Carolina, Linville Gorge also has several places to see fall colors like Wiseman’s View, a rock outcrop with a spectacular view of almost the entire gorge.
The most accessible part of the gorge to explore is Linville Falls. Near the falls, Linville Caverns is a privately maintained cave that can actually walk inside. The Caverns used to be accessible with a car, but no more, as it’s a popular tourist attraction. With the Caverns, you wouldn’t see the leaves, but they’ll look even brighter when you come out!
4. Bearwallow Mountain
If you like short hikes, this one's for you. About 30 minutes both ways, this is a stunning view located in Hendersonville.
Bearwallow Mountain is a short enough hike that you can add it to other Hendersonville and Flat Rock area locations.
5. Pinnacle Park
If you want a real challenge, with a great reward at the end, this trail in Sylva is perfect for you. This seven-mile hike culminates in one of the best views in all of North Carolina. When you reach the pinnacle (pun slightly intended), you will immediately see why the hike is worth it. It takes many people three hours or more, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time for the hike itself and to take in the view.
These are just five of the many wonderful places in North Carolina to go hiking and enjoy nature. But what should you do next while you’re around the Asheville area?
Stop At Off The Wagon
After spending an afternoon looking at all these breathtaking views, you can stop by one of Asheville’s greatest attractions, Off The Wagon Dueling Piano Bar. Off The Wagon is a dueling piano bar located in the old Chamber of Commerce building, a historic location for Asheville, North Carolina. At Off The Wagon, get ready for a crazy, fun-filled show!
Per your request, pianists cover your favorite songs. It’s a real-life piano jukebox! And while you’re enjoying your favorite songs, Off The Wagon has a superb selection of beverages to enjoy, the best in the region, while you listen to the music and have a great time. And it’s all brought to you with the best service possible.
Stepping in the front door will be the best decision you make all weekend, as the experience rivals the fall scenery! So go look at the fall colors and come see us at Off The Wagon, the one-of-a-kind dueling piano bar in Asheville!