Asheville’s fall bucket list

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Leaf season on the Blue Ridge Parkway, 2019 | Photo by @wncphototours

Gourd morning, AVL. 🎃  Today marks the first official day of fall — and to help you take full advantage of the festive season, we’ve compiled our Asheville fall bucket list, complete with 20+ events and activities to try. 🍁 

👟 Activities 

🎟️ Fall events

  • Harvest Jam | Sat., Oct. 2 | 8 a.m.-8 p.m. | 701 Old Fanning Bridge Rd., Mills River | A throwdown of epic proportions, featuring bike competitions, live music, and beer specials. 
  • Asheville VeganFest | Sun., Oct. 3 | 11 a.m-6 p.m. | | Pack Square Park, 80 Court Plaza | Free | Live music, food, clothing, and artisan booths showing off the best vegan goods around.
  • Burial Burnpile | Sat., Oct. 9 | 12-6 p.m. | Forestry Camp, 10 Shady Oak Dr. | $125 | A specialty beer tasting experience featuring 50+ brewers, and a full day of live music from Grip, Deserta, and Expo Seventy. 
  • Apple Harvest Festival | Sat., Oct. 16 | Downtown Waynesville | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Celebrate the autumn harvest while snacking on fresh apple pies, sipping on ciders + viewing local artwork.  
  • Fall LEAF Festival | Thurs., Oct. 14-Sun., Oct. 17 | Lake Eden | All day | Headliners for this bi-annual arts and culture celebration include Las Cafeteras, HuDost, Ethno Camp USA, Tito Puente JR, Sierra Hull, CimaFunk, and Beny Esguerra

🍎 Farms + orchards

  • Sky Top Orchard | Now- early Dec. | Flat Rock | 9-5 p.m. | Pick between 22 varieties of apples, explore the bamboo forest + enjoy the orchard’s famous cider doughnuts. 
  • Jeter Mountain Farm | Now-Nov. | 1126 Jeter Mountain Rd., Hendersonville | U-pick apples, fresh cider, a market, wagon rides + more will be available for your enjoyment. 

👻 Spooky tours 

  • Asheville Adventure Center | Oct. 8-30, Weekends only | 85 Expo Dr. | $15+ | Ideal for children ages 3-12, this family-friendly haunt features an aerial glow trail, live entertainment, a life-sized pirate ship escape room, a kids play wall, crafts, and plenty of food. 
  • Ghosted Comedy Bus Tour | Ongoing | LaZoom Room, 76 Biltmore Ave. | $37 | An hour long hilarious haunted ghost tour of Asheville.
  • North Carolina Haunted Farm | Oct. 1-31, Fri.-Sun. | 624 Townsend Rd., Hendersonville | $30+ | Guaranteed to make you scream at least once.
  • Haunted History + Murder Mystery Tour | Now-Nov. | Various times | Gray Line Trolley Tours of Asheville, 36 Montford Ave. | $29+ | Hear the most haunted and legendary stories of Asheville while you sit back + enjoy a trolley ride. 
  • Haunted Asheville Ghost Tours | Locations and dates are tour dependent | $35+ | Whether you want to go on the classic haunted Asheville walking tour, the supernatural tour or the Biltmore Village Mystery tour, there’s something for everyone.

🚘 Fall road trips

Fall foliage | @visualsofmrityunjay

Blue Ridge Parkway | North Carolina to Virginia  

See beautiful fall foliage galore as you travel the 469 miles of twists + turns through the Blue Ridge Mountains. Go as near or as far as you like + pull off at overlooks to embrace the full beauty of our mountains. 

Nantahala Byway | ~50 min. from Asheville

Looking for a shorter, but scenic drive? The Nantahala Byway stretches 45 miles through the Nantahala Gorge, keeping your overall trip to an hour + a half. 

Appalachian Medley Scenic Byway | NC Highway 209 from Lake Junaluska to Hot Springs

Get a taste of both the Pisgah National Forest + rural countryside as you twist + turn through this incredible 45 mile byway. If you love rustic barns, this is the drive for you. 

The Diamondback | ~1 hour from Asheville

A motorcyclist’s dream, the Diamondback offers a short, but intense, twelve mile drive climbing 1,900 ft. in elevation. With steep 190 degree curves + 360 degree loops, this scenic drive is a must do for those who love a challenge. 

Greenville, S.C. | ~1 hour and 15 min. from Asheville

There’s so much to do in Greenville, it’s hard to pack it all into one weekend. But our GVLtoday team gave it a shot – here’s their 48-hour guide to Greenville

Linville Falls | ~1 hour from Asheville

One of the most popular waterfalls in the Blue Ridge Mountains known for its three-tiered waterfall. The trail to the falls is 1.6 miles roundtrip + ranked as easy.