Autumn is a favored time to visit the Hendersonville area. On display are brilliant reds and golds of hickory, oak, silver and red maple, dogwood, beech, yellow poplar, scarlet red blackgum, sourwood and orange sassafras all set against the deep green of evergreens. The leaves change color when the food producing chlorophyll in the leaves dies, as the days grow shorter and the temperature drops. 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 mid-to- late October. Remember that colors do not disappear after their peak, but become muted with age; the reds turn to rust and yellows into gold.
The peak leaf color season lasts from early October to early November depending on where you are. The western North Carolina Mountains provide a variety of elevations, from the highest peaks, to the gently rolling foothills. One of the most popular destinations for leaf lookers is to venture to the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, located approximately 15 miles Hendersonville. Click to download a Hendersonville Peak Fall Foliage Map or suggested Scenic Drives & Hikes.
It is apple harvest time in Hendersonville! North Carolina is the 7th largest apple-producing state in the nation and Henderson County is the largest apple-producing county in North Carolina. The apple harvest season runs from late August through early November. Fresh apples, pumpkins, cider, produce, baked goods, jellies, honey and many other items may be purchased at the many roadside apple markets or produce stands located throughout Henderson County. Some orchards allow you to pick your own apples. Several orchards have expanded their operations to include family fun activities, corn mazes, apple cannons, wagon rides and tours. Click to download a Crest of the Blue Ridge Apple Trail brochure. Download a Apple Country Self-Guided Driving Tour in and around Henderson County’s apple country for apple products and view the orchards.