3 Must-See Destinations in the Fall in the Western North Carolina Mountains
Dupont State Forest
The Fall time of the year is one of the best times to visit the mountains of western North Carolina. The Old Homeplace Cottages and Cabins offers a perfect location to be your base camp for you to take in the natural beauty of the mountains and the leaves changing colors. The leaves start changing from a rich green to a brilliant array of oranges, reds, and yellows around the first of October of every year and usually lasts until the end of November, with the peak of the season being toward the end of October.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is a short ride away from Old Homeplace or a hike down into the Green River Gamelands and the Green River Gorge by Laurel Creek is just a few steps away.
There are several other locations that are a short distance away from the Old Homeplace. The Dupont State Forest is a great location to view the Fall colors. The Dupont State Forest encompasses over 10,000 acres and contains four waterfalls. The Little River also runs through the Dupont State Forest. There are many hiking and biking trails that are easily accessible with a varying degree of difficulty that take you to all of the waterfalls.
2) Looking Glass Falls
A short scenic drive from the Dupont State Forest past the town of Pisgah Forest is Looking Glass Falls located along US 276 in the Pisgah National Forest. Looking Glass Falls is about 60 feet high, easily accessible, there is no admission, and is open all year.
3) Mount Pisgah
About 10 miles past Looking Glass Falls is the entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway. At the top of this section of the Blue Ridge Parkway is Mount Pisgah. Mount Pisgah is over 5,700 feet in elevation and with its many scenic overlooks along the route, Mount Pisgah is a popular destination during leaf season.
The Old Homeplace Cottages and Cabins offers all of the modern amenities and is a great place to unwind after a day of hiking in the Dupont State Forest or Blue Ridge Parkway. Relax around the fire pit or sitting on one of the decks located on the property.