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4 Can’t Miss Asheville Fall Activities to Do With Your Family!

Summer is slowly coming to an end, and the cooler weather of fall will start rolling in. Your family time will most likely change to more outdoor activities like hiking, pumpkin and apple picking, hanging out at local fall festivals, or leisurely enjoying a scenic drive. These Asheville fall activities will be perfect for all ages in your family. 

Celebrate The Beautiful Area With These Asheville Fall Activities


With the leaves changing color, many families will take advantage of the time to go outdoors for fall activities and hike around Asheville. 

Want to avoid the crowds? Start early and start your hike by 9 a.m., and if possible, go out on a weekday. A few highlights near Asheville for hiking or biking are Richmond Hill Park, Asheville Botanical Gardens, Black Balsam, and Pink Beds. Be sure to dress in layers, take lots of water, and if your family is like mine, don’t forget a few snacks. 

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Pumpkin & Apple Picking

You can visit the West North Carolina (WNC) Farmers Market to pick out the best pumpkins and apples for all your favorite fall dishes and decorations. WNC Markets also offer the best local produce and products perfect for the season. There are numerous fall pumpkin and apple-picking farm activities within an hour of Asheville. Many of these picking events can be found on the Explore Asheville site on their calendar. 

Fall Festivals

There are so many fall festivals and activities in Asheville that it can be hard to choose which ones to visit! ASAP Farm Tours are open for one weekend in September, so book your passes early online. The tour is spread over 22 WNC farms within hours of Asheville for you to visit over two days. The Eliada Fall Festival and Corn Maze offers fun activities like cannon corn firing, tractor rides, and, of course, corn mazes. Like a good spooky adventure? The Haunted Trail at Adventure Center of Asheville is a chilly, creepy family walk full of spooky sounds, actors, and decorations that are bound to give you a scare. 

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Scenic Drives

Blue Ridge Parkway is the most scenic drive around Asheville, with breathtaking views of the Appalachian Mountains. Be sure to take this Asheville route when heading to your fall activities. The Parkway is open 24 hours a day and free to drive along. Check for current weather temperatures, as sections may close due to ice or snow. But fill up on gas before you head out. There are no gas stations, and the speed limit is 45 mph. So you get a slow ride through the most picturesque areas. Pack a picnic for the family and make a fun day out of your driving adventures. 

Asheville Fall Activities

Now, it is time to get outside and enjoy all these exciting Asheville fall activities. Your family will enjoy all the events, treats, and fun adventures with a variety of seasonal events. 

Before you head out on your fall adventures, let’s connect and talk about photography sessions. As a mother and professional photographer, I would love to capture those fall memories for your family in a relaxed environment, like picking pumpkins in the fields. Feel free to browse my galleries for ideas. Then reach out today to chat about your dream session!

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