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Fall in Blowing Rock

Fall Color Blog

More Fall activities and posts below the Color Blog!
2021 Daily Fall Photos will begin October 1.

Daily Fall Photo: October 28, 2020

Daily Fall Photo: October 28, 2020

A ginko tree glows through the rain and fog today at Moses Cone Memorial Park. Plus, a couple more autumn scenes from around the park, where it's clear that foliage season has passed at this location. While there are still a few more colorful views to enjoy around...

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Daily Fall Photo: October 27, 2020

Daily Fall Photo: October 27, 2020

Today's view is from along Highway 221 by the Blue Ridge Parkway access in Blowing Rock. In this spot, most of the leaves have dropped. While there are still some nice displays around town, at this point in the foliage season the most colorful displays are below 3000'...

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Daily Fall Photo: October 26, 2020

Daily Fall Photo: October 26, 2020

The late portion of the season brings color from more mature sassafras trees, hornbeams, and oaks. The oak trees in particular have been especially varied in hues this year, and vibrant as well. Though color at this elevation is thinning, the drive along the Blue...

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Daily Fall Photo: October 25, 2020

Daily Fall Photo: October 25, 2020

A rainy, foggy day in the High Country obscures the long-range views. But there's something about dreary weather that makes fall colors feel even more vibrant. These maple leaves stand out against a muted and hazy background. The rains were gentle for the most part,...

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Daily Fall Photo: October 24, 2020

Daily Fall Photo: October 24, 2020

As vibrant foliage color makes its way down to lower elevations, a hike along Glen Burney Trail takes you down into the displays. The trail descends 600 feet into the Johns River Gorge, ending at Glen Marie Falls around 2900'. Two other waterfalls, Glen Burney and...

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Daily Fall Photo: October 23, 2020

Daily Fall Photo: October 23, 2020

Even a cloudy day can't hide the colors that are developing in the views from local overlooks. Here's this morning's scene at Grandview Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. As the sign notes, the elevation at this spot is 3240'. You can see the full color on the trees...

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Fall Activities

Discover ideas for your autumn visit!

Fall Festivals in the High Country

Fall Festivals in the High Country

Fall events make the season extra festive! If you have missed a festival, note the timing of individual events to plan ahead for the following year. Dates change, but in general, each festival is held the same weekend in each year (ex: Woolly Worm Festival is the...

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Apples, Mazes, & Farm Fun!

Apples, Mazes, & Farm Fun!

Fall means harvest time, and it brings more to mind than just pumpkin spice... everything. Whether you're looking for a pick-your-own orchard, a corn maze, or just want to take home a taste of fall in the NC Mountains, this list has you covered. From orchards to farm...

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Memorable Leaf Viewing Activities

Memorable Leaf Viewing Activities

It's fall here in the High Country, which means leaf lookers from all around come to see the magnificent autumn colors our beautiful mountains have to offer. There are many fantastic vantage points and gorgeous scenic drives to enjoy!  But if you want to turn your...

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10 Tips for a Fall Visit to Blowing Rock

10 Tips for a Fall Visit to Blowing Rock

We want you to have a safe and relaxing visit on your next trip to Blowing Rock! Here are 10 tips for for less stress: Visit on a weekday if you can. The leaves are just as beautiful on a Wednesday, and the traffic is less dense. Plan early morning times for outdoor...

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Blowing Rock Halloween Festival

Blowing Rock Halloween Festival

The 2021 Blowing Rock Halloween Festival will take place on Saturday, October 30. Join Blowing Rock Parks & Recreation for tons of FREE fun with a full afternoon of spooky activities! From downtown trick-or-treating to the famous Monster March, this is among the...

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Visiting? Here’s the Latest on Operations & Safety!

Visiting? Here’s the Latest on Operations & Safety!

Updated August 25, 2021, 6:15 pm. Blowing Rock's businesses are open.  The safety of our community and visitors is a top priority. As of August 27, 2021 at 5:00pm: Masks are required while indoors in any public space in Blowing Rock, including retail, common areas in...

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5 Sunset Views in Blowing Rock

5 Sunset Views in Blowing Rock

The warm light creates the evening "golden hour" when everything is cast in a glow. Sunset light enhances fall colors, too! Check out these beautiful, no-hike sunset spots for a perfect end to your day whether with your friends, your significant other, or alone with...

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Heirloom Apples in the High Country

Heirloom Apples in the High Country

It's apple season! In the fall, High Country produce stands and farmers markets are bursting with unique apple varieties. In Blowing Rock, local apples are available at Sunset Tees & Hattery and Blowing Rock Market during the fall season. Which apples are best for...

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Waterfalls Near Blowing Rock

Waterfalls Near Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is home to several waterfalls, and there are even more to be found in the nearby region. See below for directions to more than a dozen waterfall viewing sites. Several require hiking, so they are arranged by trail difficulty. Each of these falls is...

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Fishing Near Blowing Rock

Fishing Near Blowing Rock

The High Country's beautiful streams, lakes, and rivers provide wildlife sanctuaries and many recreational opportunities- like fishing! The best times of year to fish for trout here in in the High Country are the spring, fall, and winter months, when the water...

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Area Hiking Trails

Area Hiking Trails

  Price Lake on the Blue Ridge Parkway Adjacent to Pisgah National Forest, Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, Julian Price Park, and the Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock is the perfect place to begin your hiking adventure. Also nearby is Grandfather Mountain, the...

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High Country Wine Trail

High Country Wine Trail

The High Country has a wine trail! If you haven’t visited our local wineries, you’re in for a real treat. Great wine and beautiful views combine for a unique experience at each location. Grandfather Mountain Winery is in Foscoe, just to the northwest of Blowing Rock....

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Fall Events

We add new events often so if you do not see many listed, check back soon.