Top Ten Fall Activities in the Region

1. Take a stroll or a hike at Deep Creek.  

Bring your camera to photograph three spectacular waterfalls.

http://www.hikinginthesmokys.com

(Photo by Anna Leonidov)



2. Explore the corn maze and go on a hay ride at Darnell Farms.  

Nothing is more fun for kids on a crisp autumn afternoon.

http://darnellfarms.com/


(Photo by Darnell Farms)


3. Ride the Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express Train.  

The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad’s fall special has all the Peanuts characters aboard to entertain the kids.

http://www.gsmr.com/events/peanuts-great-pumpkin-patch-express


(Photo by Jason Fields)


4. Rent a pontoon.

See the fall color on Fontana Lake and spend a lazy day on the water. http://www.almondboatpark.com/pontoon-rentals

http://alarkaboatdock.com/water

(Photo by Bryson City)



5. Bicycle Tsali Recreation Area. 

You can bring your own mountain bike, or rent one from Tsali Cycles.

http://www.tsalicycles.com/bicycle-rentals-bryson-city-nc https://www.greatsmokies.com/biking.php

(Photo by Shari)


6. See a Herd of Elk

Visit the Oconoluftee Visitors Center in early evening.

Bring your binoculars to watch a herd of grazing wild elk.

 

http://www.visitcherokeenc.com/nc-elk/

 

 

(Photo by GSMNP Park Service)


7. Picnic on the “Road to Nowhere". 

A six mile drive that ends in a tunnel, the “Road to Nowhere” is a lovely place to picnic.  Beautiful views and overlooks and lots of grassy areas to spread a blanket and share a meal.

https://www.greatsmokies.com/gsmnp/road-nowhere.html

(Photo by Becky J. Davis)


8. Cruise the Smokies Rod Run, October 20th.

Check out the beautiful vintage cars in Cherokee.

http://visitcherokeenc.com/events/detail/cruise-the-smokies-fall-rod-run



(Photo by Nessie Pure Vintage)

9. WNC Pottery Festival, November 4th. 

The best potters of the region bring their wares to Dillsboro for this event.  

http://wncpotteryfestival.com

 

(Photo by Maria Andrade Pottery)


10. Rumble in the Rhododendron Fly Fishing Tournament, November 4th and 5th.

Bring your rod and reel or just watch.  It's amazing!

http://visitcherokeenc.com/events/detail/rumble-in-the-rhododendron-fly-fishing-tournament

 

(Photo by Visit Cherokee NC)