11) South Mountain State Park – Early to Mid-November
Located south of Morganton, South Mountain State Park is an off-the-radar location for Asheville area leaf-watchers. Featuring a large waterfall, fishing opportunities, and forty miles of hiking trails, South Mountain is an excellent late-season leaf viewing location. Less than an hour from Wellington, residents can enjoy the parks colors through mid-November.
12) Catawba Falls – Early to Mid-November
Catawba Falls is one of the closest locations on our list to our neighborhood. Located in Old Fort, just 35-40 minutes away, Catawba Falls is another hidden gem in our area. Wellington residents can expect this area to be considerably less crowded, even during peak times. Visitors are treated to several great views and a beautiful waterfall.
13) Lake James – Early to Mid-November
Beautiful Lake James State Park is located near Marion, less than an hour from Wellington Estates. This foothills lake features stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains; however, its lower elevation location means leaves will not be at peak until early to middle November. Things to do at Lake James include:
- Mountain Biking
14) Stone Mountain – Early to Mid-November
Stone Mountain in North Carolina is as far away as any location on our list, but the two-hour trip can be made in a day or a weekend. Stone Mountain’s unique rock face is a favorite of climbers, but the hundreds of miles of hiking trails feature several fun, kid-friendly leaf-viewing opportunities. A lower-elevation summit, Stone Mountain’s peak features a waterfall and great views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and surrounding foothills.
15) Downtown Asheville – Early to Mid-November
Finally, concluding our list is nearby downtown Asheville. Just minutes from our neighborhood, Asheville itself has great views of the surrounding mountains, as well as plenty of color in town. Wellington residents are treated to affordable homeownership convenient to downtown and other areas of the largest city of its elevation east of the Mississippi River. For more information on how you can be a part of our excellent community, contact us.