The fall season has officially arrived! This is one of our favorite times of the year in the Carolinas – watching the leaves change and feeling those cool breezes blow through the mountains and lakes. With the peak of fall foliage coming soon, we wanted to share some of our favorite spots to take it all in.
The Blue Ridge Parkway & Western North Carolina
Labeled, as “America’s Favorite Drive”, the Blue Ridge Parkway is the perfect spot to check out the fall foliage. These beloved mountains are one of the many reasons why our clients choose the Carolinas as a place to call home. In fact, The Cliffs at Walnut Cove in Arden, NC is only 20 minutes away from this scenic drive! There are a lot of factors that affect the timing of color change, however, the Blue Ridge Parkway Association has some great tips on where to find fall color along the Blue Ridge Parkway. If you’re looking to stay in the Western North Carolina area, Fall at the Biltmore is an event you don’t want to miss. Some of the region’s oldest and most beautiful trees are located on this famous estate. There’s something for everyone at this breathtaking walk back into history.
Upstate South Carolina
One of the best drives to take in the Upstate, is the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway (SC 11). Along this 118-mile long byway, you’ll find easy access to over half a dozen state parks with bountiful colors. You’ll also drive right by the Gabriel Builders Headquarters! If you want to stay closer to the heart of Greenville, Paris Mountain State Park is another beautiful option for leaf peeping and only 15 minutes from Downtown Greenville! Another great option for all of our cycling enthusiasts is to hop on the 20-mile (and growing!) Swamp Rabbit Trail stretching from Lake Conestee Nature Preserve all the way to Travelers Rest.
As you can see, we really love fall in the Carolinas. At a moments notice, you’re just a short day trip away from taking in this beautiful season. And, just to make sure you don’t miss out on the fall color this year, don’t forget to take a look at the 2021 Fall Foliage Prediction Map!