7 Photos of North Carolina That Make You Excited It’s Fall

7 Photos of North Carolina That Make You Excited It’s Fall

There are many fun things to do and places to go during fall in North Carolina, when beautiful colors and scenic activities converge. See what’s on the horizon this season, then plan your fall getaways.

1.  Take a train tour through the North Carolina mountains, where you spend every moment gazing out the window. Plus, enjoy gourmet food and drinks onboard.

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad fall tour

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad departs from Bryson City

2.  In our many state and national parks and four national forests, you’ll find trails perfect for a bike ride with your favorite someone(s).

Yellow Gap biking trail in Pisgah National Forest

Yellow Gap is a popular biking trail in Pisgah National Forest

3.  Fall is festival season, and you’ll quickly realize that many of our events are colorful – figuratively and literally.

LEAF Festival in Black Mountain

The annual LEAF Festival takes place Oct. 19-22 in Black Mountain

4.  Plan a trip to the North Carolina coast during fall, and relish a quiet sunrise at the beach when no one else is around.

Nags Head beach pier sunrise

The sun rises over Outer Banks Fishing Pier in Nags Head

5.  Pick a lake in our central region (known as the Piedmont) and go canoeing and kayaking surrounded by beautiful foliage.

Lake Higgins in Greensboro during fall

Spend an afternoon on Lake Higgins in Greensboro

6.  Embark on an afternoon of hiking, then find an incredible spot to sit and watch the sunset over the mountains.

Max Patch mountain sunset

Max Patch mountain is located along the Appalachian Trail

7.  Campfire, starry sky, group of friends – this is the perfect place and season to reconnect.

South Mountains State Park campfire

South Mountains State Park features nearly 40 campsites

There’s plenty more fall fun to be had in North Carolina. Plan your activities and getaways at VisitNC.com/fall, and share your adventures with us by using #NCFallofFame.


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