Autumn is a favored time to visit the Hendersonville area to pick apples and view the colorful fall leaves.

As you plan your fall mountain get-away, your window of opportunity is larger than you think.  The peak leaf color season lasts from early October to mid-November depending on where you are.  No matter what week of leaf season you arrive, peak fall color is somewhere close by.  The western North Carolina mountains provide a variety of elevations, from the highest peaks to the warm, gently rolling foothills. The chances to witness spectacular fall color and beautiful mountain vistas are plentiful in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  One of the most popular destinations for leaf lookers is to venture to the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, located approximately 15 miles Hendersonville. The many hiking trails also display colorful fall flowers such as: black-eyed Susan’s, asters, Joe Pye weed, goldenrod, wild sunflowers, and virgin’s bower. Mountain hiking ranges from easy flat walks to strenuous trails for the more experienced hiker. The colors are usually at their peak around late October. Click for a list of Scenic Hikes and Drives. The Fall Color Trail is a self-guided driving tour of Henderson County.

Predicting the peak time to view the fall leaves can be very tricky, since it is not an exact science.  A favorable color season requires a succession of warm, sunny days, crisp cool nights and rain to keep the leaves growing to bring about the most spectacular color displays. The leaves change color when the food producing chlorophyll in the leaves dies, as the days grow shorter and the temperature drops. Click on the Leaf Report to learn more about where and when to find fall color.

North Carolina is the 7th largest apple-producing state in the nation and Henderson County is the largest apple-producing county in North Carolina and grows 65 percent of the apples in the state.  Henderson County is home to approximately 200 apple growers.  The apple harvest season runs from late August through October.  The most widely-grown apples are Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Rome Beauty, Granny Smith, Stayman, Fuji and Galas.  Many orchards offer tours and allow you to pick your own apples, hayrides, homemade baked goods, corn mazes and pumpkin patches. Download a Crest of the Blue Ridge Apple Orchard Trail guide.

Enjoy self-guided Fall Apple Harvest Driving Tours in and around Henderson County’s apple country for apple products and view the orchards. Take your pick of three driving tours – 7.5 miles, 16 miles or 25 miles long. Tour maps are available maybe also be picked up at the Visitors Center at 201 South Main Street in Hendersonville

Click for lodging or area information or call the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority at (828) 693-9708 / 800-828-4244.