Fall is the most popular time for travel here in Western North Carolina. The changing colors are always stunning, and the weather is usually mild and cool. Here is our Autumn Adventure Guide to Western North Carolina!
Attend Autumn Festivals
Haywood County has lots of wonderful fall events! Each year, the Apple Harvest Festival features wonderful food, displays, and dancing. Additionally, Elk Fest is a celebration full of live music, local entertainment, craft vendors, educational demonstrations, plenty of elk-themed activities. Click here to see the full Haywood County Events Calendar,
Lose Yourself on the Blue Ridge Parkway
Actually, it would be pretty tough to get lost on the Blue Ridge Parkway since it is a single 469 mile-long road. The closest Parkway entrance from The Yellow House is about 9 minutes southwest of Waynesville. Travelers can comfortably explore the area by car and find multiple hikes for every skill level. Be sure to plan ahead – there are few restrooms and services once you are on this historic roadway.
Be sure to investigate some of the wonderful hiking highlights along the Parkway, such as Graveyard Fields or Devil’s Courthouse. If you are looking for a trail less-traveled, seek out the gently-used Mountains-to-Sea Trail, which can be accessed from multiple overlooks.
Allow time to visit the many, many scenic overlooks as you explore the Parkway. There is an overlook at almost every mile marker; many have picnic benches, while others have areas to spread out a blanket for lunch. Each overlook has a unique view, and it is definitely worthwhile to stake lots of photos to make your friends back home jealous.
Head Out to the Forests and Parks
Much of Western North Carolina is preserved as either national or state parkland or forestland. These areas are well-managed and maintained, making them easy to enjoy. The most famous is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is America’s most visited national park, featuring scenic trails, waterfalls, mountains and caves. Pisgah National Forest features wonderful hiking, waterfalls, as well as gorgeous drive viewing. Additionally, local trails like Pinnacle Park can offer some more challenging hiking with very rewarding views.
Explore the Biltmore
Head to nearby Asheville and see the famous Biltmore Estate. Note that they have limited the capacity for tours, all of which are timed, so please plan ahead and make sure you have a confirmed reservation. While the most popular attraction is the main house, there is much to see at the estate. Guests can enjoy the more than 8,000 acres of tree-lined gardens and trails. Food is always available on property, but you can bring along your own lunch and enjoy a relaxing picnic on the lawn. You can even rent bikes and explore the miles of biking trails, or explore the estate by horseback.
Stay in Cozy Accommodations
The Yellow House is a great place to stay during a trip to Western North Carolina. We are centrally located to hiking, multiple mountain towns, key attractions, parks, forests, and excellent shopping and dining. Guests enjoy our signature 3-course breakfast each day, freshly-baked afternoon treats, and 5 acres of space to rest and relax!
Wishing you safe and healthy travels,
Chad and Josh