Fall Travel and Exploring

Fall leaf color

Fall is beginning to show in all it’s glory all around here in the Carolinas and surrounding areas. We enjoy weekend day trips during this time of the year, scooting up to the mountains to drive the Blue Ridge Parkway or visit sleepy mountain towns. If you’re looking for a place for fall travel and exploring, to escape to for the day or the weekend in the next few weeks, I’ve compiled a list of posts previously featured here.

Fall colors are all a flame in Western North Carolina during October. Find a few links to places to view the foliage here: I fall for leaf colors.

Caesar's Head

Saluda, North Carolina is a favorite little town to mosey through just south of Asheville, NC. Check it out here: A Day Trip to Saluda, NC

Saluda, NC

Enjoy bike riding? Fall is a great time to ride this rail-to-trail, The Virginia Creeper Trail, just over the North Carolina border. It’s a great place to spend the day or weekend and enjoy the changing colors. Read more: The Virginia Creeper Trail

family travel virginia creeper bike trail

Small mountain towns are a great place to find unique gifts and treasures. Black Mountain, North Carolina is no exception. It would be a great place to begin (or end if you’re on the ball) that holiday shopping. Here’s the link: Out and About in Black Mountain, NC

Black Mountain, NC

I hope you take some time to get out and explore soon. Fall is a great time to enjoy the outdoors and venture out for the day.

And will you share any suggestions and links you have for places to go to explore and enjoy fall in the comments below? Please do.

Enjoy! And happy travels!


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    What great timing for me as I will be up there this weekend and exploring is just what we want to do. Thank you! We will be camping just outside of Asheville, and except for a short chicken keeping class on Saturday, we hope to spend our long weekend exploring the Blue Ridge Parkway, picnicking, and peeping at the leaves, perhaps from a canoe part of the time.

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    TidyMom says

    You live in such a gorgeous area Amy!! I’ve never been to NC, but hope to some day……….your pics are gorgeous, as always!

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    SMITH BITES says

    love, love, love exploring anytime but especially in the fall – the colors, the cool air – beautiful!

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    Those pictures are gorgeous – they really capture the beauty of fall. For me, since I live north of the border, Algonquin Park is the place to go for the fall. I can’t wait for my trip there next week.

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    I love Colorado and will never leave but I will also always miss North Carolina; the ten years there, where both of my children were born will always have a very special place in my heart. And for all the beauty that Colorado holds…fall colors are not one of them.

    People here go to the mountains for day trips to see the ‘fall’ colors which are comprised of mountainsides filled with the golden aspens. Pretty? Sure. Spectacular? No…not when you remember the amazing blends of red, orange and golds from ‘down there.’ Thanks for sharing and letting me enjoy and revisit.

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    AmyRuth says

    I’m just going to map quest and figure out how long it would take. I love escaping…. what fun. Thanks for sharing.

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    Kristen says

    So pretty – that first picture blows me away. Wish I had the time and funds to explore all the fall options!

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    Georgia Pellegrini says

    I love this time of year so much. There aren’t many changes leaves here so I love looking at your pics. And a good rocking chair is so my thing this time of year!

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    Monica says

    Ohhhhh….This one gets me where it hurts! I LOVE fall, and it is the one time of year I really get homesick for the Pacific Northwest (or anywhere with fall! :)) living in Hawaii is not all bad…but this time of year I get a little jealous of all that color (and crisp air, ahhhh!) you get in those fall-ish places. :)
    ENJOY for me!!! And post more photos anytime!

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    Fall is my favorite time of the year. We live in North Georgia and I love to see the leaves changing color, the acorns falling from the trees and smell the fireplaces burning again. Come join us in North Georgia!

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    Tonya says

    Beautiful photos and great tips!! I absolutely love fall, so it’s nice to have some tips on where to visit in this area :)

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    Lisa says

    I have subscribed to your blog for quite a while but finally had some time to really do more exploring today. It was fun and nostalgic to see your postings about your mountain retreat and your travels around the Carolinas. My husband and I moved to the desert Southwest two years ago, but before that we spent many years in the Upstate and Lowcountry of South Carolina and loved to explore the Carolina mountains (and beaches, too!). Lots of great scenery there, especially in the fall.

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