The 2019 autumn season in Hendersonville is looking promising for colorful fall leaves and a good apple harvest. Bask in the bounty of the fall apple harvest amidst the scenic beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. A favorable color season requires a succession of warm, sunny days, crisp cool nights and rain to keep the leaves growing to bring about the most spectacular color displays.
Experts are predicting a bright fall foliage season in Western North Carolina. The opportunity to view leaves typically lasts approximately five-weeks as the color slowly descends from the highest peaks down the hillside to the gently rolling foothills. As you plan your fall mountain get-away, your window of opportunity is larger than you think. The peak leaf color season lasts from early October to mid-November depending on where you are. No matter what week of leaf season you arrive, peak fall color is somewhere close by. The chances to witness spectacular fall color and beautiful mountain vistas are plentiful. One of the most popular destinations for leaf lookers is to venture to the picturesque Blue Ridge Parkway, located approximately 15 miles Hendersonville.
Autumn is a favored time to visit the Hendersonville area. On display are brilliant reds and golds of hickory, oak, silver and red maple, dogwood, beech, yellow poplar, scarlet red blackgum, sourwood and orange sassafras all set against the deep green of evergreens. The leaves change color when the food producing chlorophyll in the leaves dies, as the days grow shorter and the temperature drops. The many hiking trails also display colorful fall flowers such as: black-eyed Susan’s, asters, Joe Pye weed, goldenrod, wild sunflowers, and virgin’s bower. Mountain hiking ranges from easy flat walks to strenuous trails for the more experienced hiker. The colors are usually at their peak around mid-to- late October. Remember that colors do not disappear after their peak, but become muted with age; the reds turn to rust and yellows into gold.
Henderson County apples growers are harvesting a high-quality crop this year. The North Carolina apple harvest season runs from early late August through October. North Carolina is the 7th largest apple-producing state in the nation and Henderson County is the largest apple-producing county in North Carolina. The most widely grown apples are Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Rome Beauty and Galas. In addition, a number of other varieties are harvested. The taste of the fruit varies depending on the kind of apple with some being sweet or tart. Fresh apples, pumpkins, cider, produce, baked goods, jellies, honey and many other items may be purchased at one of the many roadside apple markets or produce stands located throughout Henderson County. Some orchards allow you to pick your own apples. Several orchards have expanded their operations to include family fun activities such as playgrounds, corn mazes, apple cannons, wagon rides and tours.
A great way to explore the breathtaking views of fall is on scenic drives and mountain hiking. Fall foliage outings include self-guided driving tours, mountain views, apple orchards, country roads, local attractions, waterfalls, colorful hiking trails and fall wildflowers. Tour maps are available at the Visitor Center at 201 South Main Street in Hendersonville or online at visithendersonvillenc.org.
For additional information on the Hendersonville area, calendar event information, and the apple harvest or to track the progress of the fall colors call 828.693.9708 or visit the web at VisitHendersonvilleNC.org.