Memorable Leaf Viewing Activities

rough ridge near blowing rock fall color


Updated for 2020.

Its 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 leaf viewing experience into a fun-filled activity, here are a few more memorable ways to view the leaves this season:

Grandfather Mountain Guided Fall Walks:
When: October 3-11, 2019. 1-1:20pm
Where: 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646
Grandfather Mountain’s guided walk series, “Fall Color Ramble,” gives leaf-looking visitors a chance to experience the breathtaking fall colors of the Blue Ridge Mountains though various locations around Grandfather’s grounds. Guests will have the opportunity to explore the variety of tree and plant species with members of Grandfather’s naturalist staff.
“Fall Color Ramble” will be offered daily from October 3-11 and is included in admission. Please note that Grandfather Mountain is implementing timed entry for guests, and tickets must be purchased online ahead of your visit. Call ahead or stop by the Nature Museum to see where the day’s walk will start.  For more information about this program, call (800) 468-7325 or visit https://grandfather.com/event/the-fall-color-ramble/

Beech Mountain Fall Color Guided Hike:
When: Wednesdays and Fridays in October, 10am
Where: Beech Mountain, NC
These free hikes start at the higher elevations and move to the lower elevations as the month progresses. It’s a good idea to call ahead to ask about the week’s trail difficulty. Wear sturdy shoes or boots and remember to take water! (828)387-3003
http://beechmtn.com

Ski Chairlift Rides:
When: October 10-11 (Oktoberfest) and 17-18, 2020
Where: Sugar Mountain Resort Main Lodge, 1009 Sugar Mountain Drive, Village of Sugar Mountain NC 28604
Enjoy the area’s fall foliage while riding the Summit Express Chairlift to the top of Sugar Mountain! You can sit and relax while witnessing the astounding views up in the air. Chairlift operates from 10:00am until 5:00pm both weekends. Lift ticket prices are: $15 for a one-time ride, all-day tickets available. 
 Please call (828)898-4521 for details. http://www.skisugar.com/summit-express-chairlift-rides/

For more fall activities, see our main Fall Page!