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4 Ideas for Fall Family Fun in Asheville, NC

Apple Orchard Asheville

There is no greater time to appreciate the abundant beauty of our area than autumn.  The colors become electric as the air turns crisp.  Fall in Asheville brings with it several associations for us, and seeking out these traditions in the name of family fun is a great way to spend time together!

Asheville Area Corn Mazes

Corn MazeThe campus of Eliada Homes offers 12 acres with 4 miles of twisting and turning trails through their corn field.  This has been an Asheville tradition for years, with families flocking to their West Asheville location by the van-full.  Annually, the event brings in 20,000 visitors and is ranked among the top corn mazes in the nation.  All funds raised benefit Eliada Homes, serving children and families since 1906.

For a smaller corn maze experience, head out to Hickory Nut Gap Farm, where just a stone’s throw from their country store, children can explore the corn maze and then return to the farm store for fresh cider.  The farm is located just 10 miles southeast of Asheville.  

Apple Orchards: A WNC Tradition

Sky Top Orchard offers incredible scenery as you pick your own apples surrounded by panoramic mountain views.  Children will delight in the sights of the geese, ducks, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys and peacocks.  Sky Top is famous for its apple cider doughnuts and lasting memories!


Pumpkins AshevillePicking the perfect pumpkin is a fun and easy task with so many local and convenient options in Asheville.  The Western North Carolina Farmer’s Market has a plethora of pumpkins as well as gourds and other fall harvest decorations.  Many area churches hold pumpkin adoptions as fundraisers to benefit charities they support.  Hickory Nut Gap also features a pumpkin patch for your own picking.  

Leaf Color in Asheville

Fall Leaves AshevilleFamily fun in the autumn can be as simple as a drive to see the amazing colors on our deciduous trees, with some pit stops for the children to stomp in the leaves.  Because we live near so many state and national parks, a short drive pays huge dividends in satisfaction.  Mid to late October is known as “peak leaf season”, and there is no better time to hit the Blue Ridge Parkway with a picnic basket in hand.  There are vistas all along the drive, but larger stop-off points include Craggy Gardens and Mount Pisgah.

Don’t forget to plan ahead for trick or treating!  Here is our guide to the Halloween scene in Asheville’s neighborhoods.

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Creativity and Culture Nestled Among Natural Wonders

In recent years, Asheville North Carolina’s cultural draws have the town ranking in many national lists.  Known as a visual and performing arts hub as well as a foodie and microbrew destination, Asheville has much appeal for the cultured visitor.  

However, long before it’s popularity as a refined destination, outdoor enthusiasts have ventured to this area.  Historically, Asheville has been a tourist destination for a century and a half due to its refreshing air, mountain vistas and healing mineral springs.

With loads of state and national park destinations within an hour’s drive, Asheville is the perfect jumping off point for numerous outdoor adventures with a welcoming return to the finest comforts of civilization.  

Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge ParkwayThe Blue Ridge Parkway, a stunning winding mountain road, stretches 469 miles along the ridge of the Blue Ridge Mountains and passes straight through Asheville.  Breathtaking vistas, highland blueberry fields, waterfall hikes and elevation hikes are some of the attractions.  Just a few miles off of the Parkway in south Asheville you can stop by some of the town’s finest restaurants for rejuvenation: Tupelo Honey Cafe, Farm Burger and Twelve Bones Smokehouse.  

Pisgah National Forest

Pisgah National ForestThough Pisgah National Forest is over 500,000 acres of hardwood forests crisscrossed with white water, some of its most impressive natural wonders are within an easy hour drive of Asheville.  Swim in Looking Glass Falls swimming hole, race down the famous and frigid Sliding Rock or ascend Looking Glass Rock for one of the most spectacular views in the southeast.

Chimney Rock State Park

The pinnacle of Chimney Rock State Park is the 315 foot tower of stone known as the Chimney Rock itself.  It overlooks Lake Lure, the Rocky Broad River and Hickory Nut Gorge.  The river there is a destination for trout anglers and the amazing rock formations draw climbers from across the region.

Mount Mitchell State Park

Mount MitchellJust 35 miles northeast of downtown Asheville, explore Mount Mitchell State Park, the highest point east of the Mississippi River.  Bundle up for the mile high hikes and breezy picnic!  This peak is a popular ascent for road bikers who take the Blue Ridge Parkway from Asheville and distance trail runners who are up for the challenge of the rocky and technical climbing trails.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The gorgeous Great Smoky Mountains National Park just West of Asheville features camping, horseback riding, fishing and hiking on more than 800 miles of trails.  There are 6 visitor centers and over a dozen waterfalls.  For a stunning geographical wonder, check out Clingman’s Dome at an elevation of 6,643 feet!

Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail, a national scenic trail, winds from Georgia to Maine but comes within an hour’s drive to Asheville in several special points.  Climb up to the highland bald at Max Patch for nearly 360 degree views as the Appalachian trail traverses it.  Or, head north of Asheville to Hot Springs where you can catch a short section of the trail after soaking in the natural mineral springs, having a microbrew at a local pub or kayaking the French Broad River.

If you appreciate both the creature comforts of a small city brimming with culture and proximity to spectacular natural beauty and outdoor adventure, then Asheville may have a home for you.

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