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Fall is “leaf peeper” season in the NC/TN Blue Ridge Mountains. The North Carolina and Tennessee border are home to some of the most vibrant fall colors in the USA. This area also has several majestic waterfalls tucked deep within that thick Fall Foliage. NC Outdoor Adventures (NCOA) is bringing guests an opportunity to join us on a tour of the best fall color views we have to offer.
The tour drives guests to various hiking locations among waterfalls, swim holes and mountain tops for a plethora of different views of fall colors. Get extra adventurous and hop in for an early polar plunge.
This adventure trip will explore mountain elevations ranging from 2k to a little over 5k feet, giving guests color changes to see the entire fall season with lunch & a sweet treat included!
Two different hike options allow guests to participate in an easy or moderate hiking experience.
Hike 1 takes place at the start of NC’s leaf peeping season. Leaf lookers can enjoy two waterfalls with easy hiking along NC’s tallest peaks at Mount Mitchell! This trip features a catered meal at Hawtree Pub, a bit of history, plus a stop at the Carolina Hemlocks along the Toe River for spectacular river views and optional polar plunge!
If you have mobility issues or want a more relaxing tour, we suggest this adventure for easy hiking.
Hike 2 takes place around NC and TN’s border, during peak leaf peeping season. This adventure features one of the last working wooden suspension bridges over the Toe River, a waterfall and some off the beaten path hiking. After some adventuring guests will enjoy a BBQ PICNIC consisting of NC BBQ, slaw and a good ole southern Brunswick stew to warm your bones. Vegetarian options include 2 grilled Portobello mushroom burgers and slaw. The trip ends where it begins with a smores and banana boat bar over a campfire!
Guests should expect easy to moderate hiking, with some steep elevation gain in some areas with this tour.
Saturdays and Sundays 9:30 AM-4:30/ 5PM
Trip One (easy hike): 9/30, 10/1, 10/7, 10/08, 10/14, 10/15, 10/21, 10/22
Trip Two (moderate hike): 10/28, 10/29, 11/4, 11/5
Trips 1 and 2 date could vary based on the leaf color changes and weather! If we have any changes guests will be notified by email!
Trip 1 meets at the Carolina Hemlocks.
Trip 2 meets at the NC Outdoor Adventures River Outpost.
Important Notes: Our fall foliage predictions are guided using this link 2023 Fall Leaf Color NC Mountains Forecast & Report (highcountryhost.com). Remember, we cannot predict weather or windstorms that could affect the predictions for leaf looking. Trips are rain or shine!
Please see our cancellation policy here: FAQ – NC Outdoor Adventures.
Trips close 3 days before departure to allow proper preparation for food