1) Mount Mitchell – Early October
The time is near to enjoy the fall colors on the highest peak east of the Mississippi River. Mount Mitchell is a little over an hour from our community by the Blue Ridge Parkway. You will pass by some of the highest points on the Parkway traveling to Mount Mitchell. The hike to the summit from the parking lot is just half of a mile; although, for adventuring families, hiking trails start as far away as Black Mountain.
2) Craggy Gardens – Early October
Like Mitchell, the colors are nearing or possibly already at peak on the tallest ridges of the Black Mountains. It is possible to catch the short, 0.7-mile hike at Craggy on the way to Mount Mitchell. Weekends will likely be quite busy, so it might be a good idea to plan an after-school trip to Craggy and Mitchell from Wellington Estates.
Even though the peak season is upon us for the highest ridges, it may be worth revisiting these areas in a few weeks as the colors invade the valleys.
3) Grandfather Mountain – Early October
One of many mile-high mountain peaks in North Carolina, Grandfather Mountain is already in the peak of its colorful transition. About two hours away from our Arden neighborhood, Grandfather features considerable family fun for all ages:
- An animal refuge
- A mile-high bridge
- 20 miles of additional hiking trails
- Close proximity to Tweetsie Railroad
- Stunning views
4) Linn Cove Viaduct – Early October
One of the greatest marvels of the Linn Cove Viaduct is a concrete segmental bridge that winds around Grandfather Mountain on the Blue Ridge Parkway. For drivers, the trip requires concentration, but there are several overlooks and hiking trails in which visitors can enjoy views of Grandfather Mountain and the valleys below. If you are visiting Grandfather, plan to take the parkway to the viaduct and enjoy the colors already displayed.
5) Mount Pisgah – Early October
Mount Pisgah is a little less than an hour and a half from Wellington Estates, but the first location on our list that is south of our community. Like the drive toward Craggy and Mitchell, the trip to Pisgah features panoramic views and beautiful tunnels. The hike to the peak of Pisgah is about a mile and a half, but you can celebrate your achievement with a great meal from the Pisgah Inn.
6) Clingmans Dome – Early October
The beautiful observatory on the peak of Clingmans Dome rises high above the surrounding valleys. The only location on our list in Tennessee, Clingmans is a little over two hours from Arden, but well worth the trip. You may even wait till the second week of October to really enjoy the spectacle of colors there.
If you are moving to the Asheville area and want to take advantage of our affordable homeownership opportunities in one of the most beautiful areas in the country, contact us. With housing prices continuing to rise in Arden and Asheville, our community provides a unique opportunity to take advantage of the outdoor life and culture available hear, without breaking the back.