The Leaves Will Soon Be Changing
Autumn has begun around the northern hemisphere and especially in Hendersonville and the Blue Ridge Mountains, so in addition to checking out all of the local orchards for their fantastic selection of apples and pumpkins, some local shopping options, some cool places to eat (or drink, drink or drink), and all of the local events happening in and around Hendersonville, it’s time to do a little sight seeing in as the fall foliage changes from the beautiful green canopy of spring and summer to the reds, oranges and yellows of autumn.
See the Colors Before Fall Leaves Us
It looks like peak time this year for fall colors in and around the Hendersonville area is going to be from October 18th through October 31st, since the elevation of the surround area is between 2,000 and 4,000 feet. Remember that Hendersonville is located at 2,152 feet above sea level but there are many mountains in the area that crest well above the 3,000 foot mark, including Pinnacle (3,638 feet) and Jeter (3,280 feet) Mountains.
Where I Would View the Fall Leaves
If I were going to go to Hendersonville over the next few weeks to see the changing leaves and wanted to stay close to town, I would make sure to include Jump Off Rock on my itinerary. Jump Off Rock is located at the top of Echo Mountain in Laurel Park, which is just a few minutes from Downtown Hendersonville. At 3,100 feet above sea level, Jump Off Rock provides excellent panoramic views of several mountains, including Pinnacle, Hebron, Jeter, Cold, Pisgah, Long John Mountains as well as the Blue Ridge Parkway. It also gets you about 1,000 feet higher than Hendersonville for some exceptional views.
If you want to get more up close and personal with the changing leaves, I suggest taking a 30-minute drive down Hwy 64 west to near Brevard, North Carolina then straight on Hwy 276 and into the Pisgah National Forest. As the road (known as Forest Heritage Scenic Byway) winds through the forest and you gain elevation, you’ll pass Looking Glass Falls on your right. If you keep going, you’ll continue to climb in elevation and reach the Blue Ridge Parkway. You can read more about all of the sights available along this beautiful drive at the Romantic Asheville site.
For more information, you can read the full Blue Ridge Mountain Fall Color Forecast provided by Blue Ridge Mountain Life.