Autumn is a favored time to visit Hendersonville with the beauty of fall leaves and the apple harvest. The fall leaf forecast is looking promising for a bright season this year. Experts are predicting it may be a little later than usual, with the current climate extending the leaf season into November. The thing that makes fall so special in the Blue Ridge Mountains is the expanded time frame for leaf-peeping, due to a variety of elevations, from the highest peaks to the gently rolling foothills. Leaves change in the higher elevations first and work their way down the hillside. 

Hendersonville is blessed to have the world-famous Blue Ridge Parkway in its backyard. There are several Parkway accesses options, within a short drive from downtown. The Blue Ridge Parkway is the ultimate destination for leaf lookers making their fall pilgrimages to get a glimpse of colorful foliage dotting the landscape.     

Self-guided driving tours around Henderson County’s apple country and views of colorful leaves painting the mountains. Click for a list of tours.

North Carolina is the 7th largest apple-producing state in the nation and Henderson County is the largest apple-producing county in North Carolina, producing 85 percent of all the apples grown in the state. The County grows more than forty varieties of apples including Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Rome Beauty, Honey Crisp, Granny Smith, Stayman, Fuji and Galas.

Many local growers have embraced agritourism by creating activities that bring visitors to their orchards, such as wagon rides, orchard tours, baked goods, wagon rides, farm animals, playgrounds, pick your own, pumpkin patches, apple cannons, produce, or a corn maze. 

The Henderson County Tourism Development Authority publishes a trail series of brochures that include Crest of the Blue Ridge Orchard Trail. Stop by the Visitor Center, 201 South Main Street, to pick up copies of these brochures.