In our previous article, we discussed the first six of 12 locations near Wellington to enjoy fall colors. We are updating our list to fifteen, and expanding it to this and the next article. In the first post, we looked at the higher elevations that general display their colors earlier in the season. In this post, we will continue our list with the lower elevation leaf-viewing opportunities.
7) Maggie Valley to Fontana Lake – Late October and November
The greatest distance away from our neighborhood on this list, Maggie Valley and Fontana Lake are well worth the two-hour drive (at its longest) from Arden. From Maggie Valley to Bryson City/Fontana Lake, tourists can access several great leaf viewing locations and activities:
- Soco Falls
- Pinnacle Park
- Fontana Dam/Lake
- The Appalachian Trail
- The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad
- The Tsali Mountain Biking Trails
- The Nantahala River
- Thousands of Miles of Hiking Trails
8) Dupont State Forest – Late October and November
Near the South Carolina border, Dupont State Forest is only 40 to 50 minutes from our affordable neighborhood. The highest elevations in the area are just over 4,000 feet, so the colors are really going to turn this weekend through early November. Dupont is a large area, so some specific places to visit include:
- High Falls
- Triple Falls
- Glassy Creek Falls
- Hooker Falls
- The Covered Bridge
- Lake Julia
- Wintergreen Falls
9) Chimney Rock – Late October and November
Located in nearby Bat Cave, Chimney Rock State Park is a great place to see the color change in the lower elevations of our area. Chimney Rock features a staircase or elevator to the top, with stunning, long-range views of the area. The park is also educational for your children and close enough for an additional trip to Lake Lure.
10) Linville Falls – Late October and November
Linville Falls is about an hour and a half from Wellington Estates, located north on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Travelers are treated to magnificent views on either side of the Parkway, several tunnels, and great fall color even before they reach the falls.
From the Linville Falls visitor center, there are several kid-friendly hikes to the upper and lower falls, with views of Linville Gorge. More experienced adventurers may choose to start from some of the more difficult and lengthy hiking trails along the gorge.
In our next article, we will continue with fall color locations 11-15. If you are considering homeownership and want more information about our affordable homes in the Asheville area, contact us. Our kid-friendly neighborhood is convenient to all of the great amenities Asheville and Arden have to offer.