Southern Living Magazine recently named Boone and Blowing Rock two of the South's Best Small Towns for 2020. A visit to these Blue Ridge Mountain towns reveals 250 years of history, amazing long-range vistas, award-winning eateries, vintners, and craft breweries, with plenty of outdoor adventures to help you soak up fall's final days and colors of the season.
Fall color peaks earliest on the summits of the mountains. The date for that first blush varies, but it usually occurs sometimes around the 5th of October.
Afterwards, color develops gradually further down the slopes over the course of three weeks. Rest assured, you'll see color on the drive toward these summits and overlooks in the N.C. highlands:
- Grandfather Mountain
- Rough Ridge Overlook
- Moses Cone Estate
- Elk Knob State Park
- Beech Mountain
- Mount Jefferson
Plan your visit for a few days! See our Hotels & Cabins page to select your accommodations, now.
Blowing Rock Farmers' Market
Takes place every Thursday, from 2 - 6 P.M. on Sunset Drive outside of Blowing Rock Antiques in... Learn More
Grandfather Mountain's Rhododendron Ramble
Take a daily, short, guided stroll at 1 PM that highlights Grandfather Mountain’s rhododendron... Learn More
Old-time jams at the Jones House
Weekly old-time jams at the Jones House return on Thursdays from 7 - 10 pm. Bring an acoustic... Learn More
Beech Mountain Farmers Market
Markets will be held on the first Friday of the month, June – October, from 2 – 6 pm in the public... Learn More