Exploring the Enchanting Autumn in the Blue Ridge Mountains

As summer bids farewell and nature begins its vivid transformation, the Blue Ridge Mountains come alive with a breathtaking display of autumn colors. Nestled in the eastern United States, this scenic range offers a unique experience for nature enthusiasts, photographers, and soul-seekers alike. Join us as we embark on a journey to discover the enchanting beauty of autumn in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

A Symphony of Colors
When autumn arrives, the Blue Ridge Mountains become a living canvas painted with vibrant hues of red, orange, and gold. The foliage transforms into a kaleidoscope of colors, creating a stunning landscape that seems almost magical. From the evergreen conifers to the deciduous trees, every corner of the region bursts into a riot of colors, providing an awe-inspiring sight for visitors.

Charming Mountain Towns
Nestled among the rolling hills and valleys of the Blue Ridge Mountains are picturesque, charming towns that exude warmth and hospitality. Towns like West Jefferson, Lansing, & Todd offer a delightful blend of natural beauty, cultural attractions, and local cuisine. Stroll through the streets lined with quaint shops, indulge in farm-to-table dining experiences, and savor the welcoming atmosphere that defines the spirit of these mountain communities.

Scenic Drives and Overlooks
Autumn in the Blue Ridge Mountains is best experienced by embarking on scenic drives along the renowned Blue Ridge Parkway. This iconic road winds through 469 miles of stunning landscapes, providing countless opportunities to witness the changing colors of fall. Along the way, you'll encounter numerous overlooks that offer panoramic views of the mountains blanketed in a tapestry of fall foliage. Don't forget your camera, as these vistas are picture-perfect moments waiting to be captured.

Outdoor Adventures (See below for more information!)
As the temperatures cool down, autumn in the Blue Ridge Mountains invites outdoor enthusiasts to explore its vast playground. From hiking and biking to fishing and horseback riding, there's no shortage of activities to enjoy amidst the crisp mountain air. Whether you're an adrenaline junkie seeking thrilling adventures or simply looking to reconnect with nature, the Blue Ridge Mountains have something for everyone.

Autumn in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a truly magical time. The vibrant colors, picturesque landscapes, and welcoming communities make it an ideal destination for those seeking an unforgettable seasonal experience. So, grab your hiking boots, pack your camera, and immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of this natural wonderland. Let the Blue Ridge Mountains weave their autumnal spell, leaving you with memories to last a lifetime.

Things to Do This Weekend in the High Country

1. Stomp ‘n Brew- 10.7.2023, 11AM-4PM
Offering the best in libations brewed, distilled, pressed and vinted right here in the High Country, the 4th Annual Stomp and Brew celebration in downtown West Jefferson is the perfect place to unwind this weekend.  Sample the wares on display and buy an extra bottle to take home!  Please enjoy responsibly ☺
*Tickets are sold exclusively through EventBrite.  Click the hyperlink above to get yours!

2. Live Music at Old Barn Winery- 10.6.23-10.8.23, multiple groups, various times.
If you enjoyed the Old Barn Winery selection at Stomp and Brew, be sure to check out the winery itself, located just minutes from downtown West Jefferson.  Enjoy some fruit of the vine while listening to some fabulous live music by various local and regional artists.  Click the link above for more information on the winery and their weekend lineup.

3. New River State Park-
Winding its way through Ashe County like a lovely and rare emerald necklace, the New River is the second oldest river on Earth and has been captivating people with its beauty and charm for centuries.  Fantastic trout fishing, scenic views and surrounded by our vibrant fall colors, there are many places to access this national treasure.  Start your journey down the New by visiting New River State Park.

4. Blue Ridge Parkway-
While the Linn Cove Viaduct is probably the most famous section of the Blue Ridge Parkway, there are many hundreds of miles of breathtaking beauty available on America’s original scenic byway.  Many of those miles pass through Ashe, Alleghany, and Watauga counties.  Picnic lunches, jaw-dropping overlooks, and hiking trails complete with waterfalls, we believe you’ll find that as your elevation rises toward the heavens, your view gets better all the way up.

3. Corn Mazes & Halloween-Themed Activities-
Bring the kids and grandkids, or just enjoy being a big kid yourself, at our local corn mazes and more haunted attractions.  Pumpkin cannons, hay rides, and corn mazes, oh my!  Great Pumpkin approved and sure to make you smile, click the links below to learn more about specific events.

Ashe County Corn Maze & Pumpkin Festival

Lantern Farm Halloweentime

Lantern Farm Fall From Grace (Haunted Experience)

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