If you're looking for a new place to explore, step into our fall wonderland in Rutherford County. Our hiking and biking trails, zip lines and pontoon boat tours feel completely different when surrounded by red, orange and yellow and a hint of pine. The 75-mile view from atop Chimney Rock blazes with color, and you can almost touch the clear blue sky.
Here, you’ll notice an increased craving for cider and hot chocolate, and your urge to buy bulky sweaters, hats and scarves will only be satisfied by ducking into one of our friendly shops. When you make Rutherford County your base, Asheville is only 30 minutes away—as is Hendersonville. (Although we warn you, it’s hard to leave our borders once you settle in.)
Leaf Alert: With most of our county checking in between 900 to 1200 feet in elevation, our peak color arrives after the mountain areas to the west and north. Most of the time, our prime dates are in early to mid November, allowing visitors to bask in the season a little longer.
Visit Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park’s website for regular fall color reports: http://www.chimneyrockpark.com/visit/fallcolor.php or check out their webcam: http://www.chimneyrockpark.com/livecam/. Or keep up with the color changes and fall events around Lake Lure: http://www.aroundlakelure.com/fall-foliage-events/
» Fall is apple time in the mountains; be sure to sample apples from nearby orchards at the farm stands.
» Gear up for fall at BubbaO’Leary’s General Store and Outfitters in Chimney Rock and Puzzle Creek Outdoor Company in Forest City
» Jumpstart holiday shopping with work from local artisans. In downtown Rutherfordton, visit The Gallery and the Rutherford County Visual Arts Center, showcasing the work of more than 50 local artists.