Fall means so much more than light sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes. While the breathtaking mountain foliage alone puts western North Carolina on the map as a prime autumn getaway destination, these unique local excursions will take your High Country experience to the next level. So pack the car, follow the yellow tree-lined highway, and make your way to some unforgettable attractions. Don’t forget to pack the camera for memory’s sake—you will want to savor more than the pumpkin pie.
BOOger Hollar Pumpkin Patch
A trip to BOOger Hollar Pumpkin Patch is the perfect choice for families with children. Browse the fields for the perfect Halloween pumpkin and thrill the kids with a hayride. This gem is located in heart of Boone. Make it a day trip and explore the quaint town—whether it be coffee shops, breweries, or local shops.
Get ready for a day of family fun at Harvest Farm Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch. Come explore this one-of-a-kind 7-acre corn maze and enjoy a relaxing picnic with the scenic North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains as a backdrop. The fun is not limited to the daytime, though. Unleash your inner night owl and explore the family-friendly flashlight maze.
The Orchard at Altapass
There is something for everyone at the Orchard at Altapass. Music lovers have the opportunity to jam out with live music performances every Saturday and Sunday, May through October. History buffs and culture-savvy mountain-lovers will love to be entertained by local historians, musicians, and storytellers who make an appearance weekly on Heritage Thursdays.
New River Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch
Soak up the gorgeous fall foliage as you take a tram ride around the New River Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch. Make memories selecting and decorating the perfect pumpkin, strolling by the New River, or trying your hand at a game of corn hole. Then stick around and bake a delicious pumpkin pie!
Ashe County Corn Maze
Ashe County Corn Maze and Pumpkin Festival is a delight to the senses. Situated just 5 minutes from downtown West Jefferson, the farm is filled with a variety of pumpkins, gourds, and sunflowers. The popular corn maze, which features a new design for 2017, will surely become a family tradition.
A Drive From the High Country
For the especially intrepid folks, consider making a trip to these other destinations:
Fairview, NC, 73 Miles from Linville Land Harbor
Flat Rock, NC, 98 Miles from Linville Land Harbor
Bryson City, NC, 129 Miles from Linville Land Harbor
Whether you are a local or a visitor, you will quickly learn what makes the High Country so special this time of year. Soak up the fall foliage, try unique fall treats, and don’t forget to drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway with the whole family. You will never want to miss fall in the High Country ever again.