It finally feels like fall mid-October in Western North Carolina, and the leaves are starting to reflect that at the upper elevations.
While everything remains green down below, there’s plenty of color to be found along the Blue Ridge Parkway at around 5,000 feet of elevation.
A good bet to see color this weekend is a drive around Graveyard Fields and Black Balsam Knob off the Blue Ridge Parkway. There, plenty of red and yellows can be found. The overlooks around the area looking north offer views from the higher elevations and thus better color.
Overlooks offering views to the south, such as from Devil’s Courthouse and the many viewpoints of Looking Glass Rock, are still worth the trip, but the low-lying areas are filled with green vegetation.
The drive along U.S. 276 becomes more colorful, not surprisingly, as you drive up from the Pisgah National Forest entrance to the parkway. Several colorful trees can be found in the Pink Beds Picnic Area shortly before reaching the Parkway.
The National Weather Service is reporting a 60 percent chance of rain throughout most of the day Saturday with a high of 66 degrees for Pisgah Forest. Clear skies are in the forecast for Sunday with a high of 56 degrees.
October is a great time for a spooky ghost tour or adventure! A city that has as much history as Asheville is sure to have a few mysteries, and exploring the unknown can sometimes lead down strange and even spooky paths. But do not fear! All of Asheville's haunted and mysterious adventures are fully guided. Haunted Asheville Ghost Tours was recently highlighted by Country Living Magazine.
**UPDATE: This has been cancelled due to rain.**
Rhythm & Brews
Rhythm & Brews Concert Series in downtown Hendersonville, NC wraps up the 2018 concert series with the popular Asheville “Appalachiacana” band Tellico at 7PM on October 11, 2018. With vivid, original storytelling, vibrant musicianship and intelligent arrangements, Tellico creates an innovative sound that redefines what today’s Southern Appalachian music can be. Instead of modernizing tradition, Tellico takes it deeper, effortlessly weaving meaningful, imaginative songwriting with intelligent arrangements.
Starting the evening off at 5PM will be Angela Easterling with a duo performance followed by her back up band, The Beguilers, joining her at 7PM. Her rootsy, refreshing and homespun tunes and lyrics are sure to get the crowd moving along with her on a journey.
People love to visit our area to seek out all the local farms, many of which are stocked up on various varieties of apples and pumpkins this time of year. In fact Stepp's Hillcrest Orchard, nominated as one of the 10 best apple orchards in the US, is opening their pumpkin patch today! (Sept 21, 2018) You can click here to see what apples they currenly have, hours, events, and more.
There are also many roadside stands with local jams, jellies, ciders and more. Click here to learn more about local farms.
One of your favorite traditions is coming to the Western North Carolina mountains to see the fall color. Have you booked your room yet? Check out this fall color forecast that includes tips and also ideas of things to do in the area during the autumn season.
We can't wait to see you here as the weather gets cooler and the trees transition.
"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is
a flower." — Albert Camus