Fall is almost officially here (whether it actually feels like it or not), so that means the air will soon be getting cooler, the leaves will soon be changing color and the days will be getting shorter. Not only is fall a great time to get outdoors and enjoy nature, but it also makes for some of the most Instagram-worthy images, especially in beautiful states like North Carolina. There are plenty of breathtaking spots to visit in the Tarheel State this autumn, so make sure you add a few of these stops to your fall bucket list.
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Biltmore Estate, Asheville (Nearby Hotels)
Biltmore Estate, the largest residential home in the country, is pretty darn Instagrammable no matter what time of year you visit. The 250-room French Renaissance chateau is situated on an expansive 8,000 acres and offers numerous photo ops from the grand building itself, to the surrounding gardens, the rolling countryside across the property and even the animals that live just down the lane from the main house. But, visiting Biltmore Estate in the fall gives it just that extra “oomph” as the surrounding scenery lights up with vivid colors of orange, red and yellow.
Pisgah National Forest, Asheville (Nearby Hotels)
Also located near the beautiful Western North Carolina town of Asheville, the Pisgah National Forest covers a whopping 512,000 acres in the Southern Appalachian Mountains and features some of the highest mountains in the Eastern United States. Some of the most popular summits to visit in the Forest include Black Balsam Knob, Mount Mitchell and Cold Mountain. All of which offer beautiful photo ops of the surrounding scenery and the brightly colored trees that cover the hills during the fall. You can choose to walk one of many different hiking trails to see them up close or enjoy the beauty from the comfort of your car.
Price Lake, Blowing Rock (Nearby Hotels)
Nestled in between the storybook-esque town of Blowing Rock and the popular hiking spot, Grandfather Mountain in Western North Carolina, is Price Lake – a beautiful, expansive lake that can be explored by kayak, canoe, rowboat or enjoyed from on-shore via one of the many surrounding hiking trails. Not only can you capture a great shot of the fall foliage around the lake, but if you get just the right angle, you may be able to capture the perfect reflection in the water as well.
Beech Mountain Resort, Beech Mountain (Nearby Hotels)
Beech Mountain is known as Eastern America’s highest town since it is situated at 5,506 feet above sea level. Because of its high elevation, Beech Mountain sees the changing of the leaves a lot earlier than other lower parts of the state, so make sure to plan your trip here accordingly. There are plenty of ways to capture the beauty of the fall colors here including a hike through the Emerald Outback, driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway or for a special treat, take a chairlift ride at the Beech Mountain Ski Resort and snap the perfect fall photo from high above!
Land of Oz, Beech Mountain (Nearby Hotels)
You might want to plan your fall trip to Beech Mountain to coincide with a very unique annual tradition in the area – Autumn at Oz. This 3-day event celebrates all things Wizard of Oz at the Land of Oz, a former theme park that was based on the famous movie. Although the park is only open now for special events, you can still visit Gale’s farm, meet Dorothy and the gang, watch live performances, visit the petting zoo and of course, walk down the yellow brick road during this yearly celebration.
Chimney Rock, Chimney Rock State Park (Nearby Hotels)
Chimney Rock is another one of those North Carolina spots that is made for Instagramming, no matter what time of year you visit. But, a trip to the popular hiking destination during the fall months will provide you with amazing views of the changing leaves from an elevation of 2,280 feet above sea level, where you can see for 75 miles in every direction!