If you’ve ever wanted to visit Asheville, there’s no better time to go than in the fall. Right in the middle of mountainous North Carolina, Asheville is surrounded on all sides by gorgeous mountain vistas that sport bright, beautiful fall colors from September to November. The air is crisp, temps are cool, and there are all kinds of things happening in this bustling mountain town. From festivals to farm to table tours, you simply can’t beat an Asheville autumn. Here’s a list of our favorite things to do in Asheville this fall:

Tryon Foothills Wine Country

If you’re at all interested in wine, then fall is the ideal time to visit the Tryon Foothills Wine Country just outside of Asheville. Rolling gentle hills in full fall color will greet you on your casual drive through Polk County, and on your way, there are more than 20 vineyards and five wineries open to the public for tastings. It’s the perfect way to spend a bright fall afternoon.

Farm to Table Tour

If you’re looking for a really scrumptious, hearty fall meal, but you want to explore the area too, then the variety of Asheville Farm to Table Tours might just be perfect for you. They offer a few different tours, but each one will tour you through multiple family farms in the area, and at the end, your chef will prepare a delicious meal made with ingredients from the very farms you visited that day. Harvest season is the ideal time for a farm to table tour, and with so many options every week you can’t beat the ones offered right here in Asheville.

Gray Line Trolley Tour

If it’s your first time to Asheville, there’s no better way to explore the city’s attractions than to buy a ticket on the Gray Line Trolley. A hop-on-hop-off tour, a ticket to the trolley takes you all the way around downtown and drops you off at 10 of Asheville’s most notable stops. Places like the Historic District, River Arts District, and the Grove Park Inn are all accessible by the Gray Line Trolley, and best of all, you can explore them at your own leisure. Check out all the stops on the way, or pick and choose the ones that interest you most. Even if you just ride the trolley all the way around the city, you’re sure to enjoy the lovely fall scenery that surrounds Asheville.

Black Mountain Old Depot Art by The Tracks Festival

This year, Asheville’s neighboring town, Black Mountain, is hosting their annual Old Depot Art by the Tracks Festival on the 28th of October. Just in time for full fall color all around the event, Old Depot Art By the Tracks is a festival where artists from all over the region gather to showcase and sell their best works. It’s an amazing event to check out some amazing local art and explore another cute mountain town that’s host to a number of antique shops and art galleries.

NC Arboretum

If nature’s your thing, and you’re looking for a way to casually take it in this fall near Asheville, then be sure to head to the North Carolina Arboretum. It’s full of hiking and biking trails if you’re looking for some adventure, and it’s also full of fall events and exhibits to check out this season. This year’s “Wicked Plants” exhibit is a wonderful example: visitors are safely introduced to some of the world’s most diabolical plants. Perfect for the Halloween season, be sure you take the kids to that exhibit!


Now if you’ve been doing any research on Asheville, you’ve probably found that the Biltmore Estate is on just about every “things to do in Asheville” list out there. And for good reason. The Biltmore is an impressive attraction that’s cool to see any time of the year, but fall is by far the best. The Biltmore grounds are expansive and magnificent to walk around in autumn when the leaves are turning color and mums are in full bloom. Check out their various trails, head down to the Biltmore Village, or taste wine at the Antler Hill Village and Winery, which offers live music and three restaurants with special harvest-themed menus. It’s the quintessential Asheville thing to do this fall!


Asheville is a gorgeous place to visit in the autumn, and with plenty of festivals, activities, and things to do downtown, it’s perfect for your fall weekend adventure. If you’ve visited and are considering staying in Asheville long-term, there’s no better place to take in the fall colors than at the mountain properties of High Hickory. To see what life is like in our sustainable mountain community, give our office a call at 866-936-5263 or request more info online today!