Asheville Arboretum Fall Foliage
Autumn Gardens & Woods Walk
The Asheville Arboretum offers one of the most popular and vibrantly colorful close-to-Asheville fall color walks.
The North Carolina Arboretum includes 434 acres of dazzling autumn colors and is also called the Asheville Arboretum or the NC Arboretum.
The arboretums fall foliage offers an intoxicating blend of carefully designed displays of plants and trees highlighting autumns most vibrant colors set against hundreds of acres of native woods ablaze with fall foliage splendor.
Amble through the carefully tended formal gardens in the NC Arboretum and admire the seasonal fall color displays near the entrance to the Education Center, the unique Quilt Garden celebrating North Carolina's craft heritage, and the dwarf American Beech tree at the Blue Ridge Court.
The Canopy Walk, down the stairs from the Blue Ridge Court, leads through a selection of showy trees and plantings that feature the best Asheville fall color. Walks follow any number of trails through the naturally bio-diverse native Southern Appalachian woods.
In autumn, the 1.3 mile bike-and-walk Bent Creek Road is an easy fall color walk for families, with great views of the brilliant oranges of the black gum and persimmon trees, shimmering rust and golden shrubs, and the brilliant reds of the dogwood and maple trees. Fallen leaves blanket the path with a patchwork of colorful leaves.
There are 10 miles of Asheville fall color walks and hiking trails in the Asheville Arboretum to choose from, ranging from easy walks to more difficult hikes.
The NC Arboretum is located south of Asheville, exit 33 from I-26 and follow the signs, or exit the Blue Ridge Parkway at mile post 393. There is a parking fee, and light lunches are available at the Asheville Arboretum's Savory Thyme Cafe.
Our Favorite Autumn Foliage Walks
Asheville Fall colors Walk
Stroll along the rushing Swannanoa River on a leaf strewn path and then circle the fields at Warren Wilson College Farm surrounded by fall colors.
Moses Cone Carriage Road
A favorite family fall color walk around pretty blue Bass Lake surrounded by vibrant fall foliage in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Joyce Kilmer Forest
Surrounded by fall colors, walk through an old growth forest with giant 400 year-old poplar and ancient hardwood trees in Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest.
Follow in the footsteps of famous poet Carl Sandburg to the top of Glassy Mountain for a scenic view of fall colors in the Flat Rock valley.
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