If you live in Black Mountain or the surrounding area, you have probably noticed a slight drop in the temperature the past few days. This is a tell tale sign that fall is just around the corner. If you don't live here, but plan to visit, nothing compares to visiting this area during the leaf season. To us Black Mountaineers, fall is anticipated throughout the dog days of summer, and very welcomed when it arrives. For this season, we are excited to announce that fall color experts are forecasting a longer-than-usual fall foliage season for 2017. Brilliant hues of burnt orange, red, and yellow will fill the mountain skyline and provide a picturesque view in every direction you look. There are numerous activities that you can do to enjoy the scenery during this time of year.
Go for a ride; roll the windows down and enjoy the crisp breeze while you drive, and expect to be dazzled at the pop of color around every turn. We are fortunate to have easy access to the Blue Ridge Parkway, an incredible scenic drive with some of the highest peaks in the Eastern U.S. The Parkway offers amazing overlooks that provide perfect photo opportunities.
Take a stroll; we are surrounded by many state and national parks that provide easy to advanced hiking trails. While these hikes are beautiful year round, fall adds a certain magic to a hike in the mountains. Many of these hikes will lead you through forests, across streams and rocks, and may end at waterfalls bursting with color.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away; nothing says fall like the crunch of a fresh apple or warm apple cider. Just south of Asheville is one of the nation's top apple growing areas. Dozens of apple orchards offer free visits during harvest and allow you to pick your own apples. Be sure to make this a stop on your trip!
Let's go get us a picnic basket; to go along with your apples, head to one of the area's many farmers markets and fill a basket with locally grown foods or an al fresco meal for a mountain picnic. You won't find trouble finding the perfect picnic spot to enjoy Western North Carolina mountainous views.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy. Even something as simple as this can bring you joy when visiting the Black Mountain area in the fall. We are sure you won't be disappointed.