You don’t have to go far if you’re looking for things to do and see during the fall. There are plenty of places to visit right here in North Carolina. You can check out the colors of the season in the western part of our state, with some fun and exciting activities found around the triangles. Start taking notes because these are the five best places in North Carolina to visit this fall.

1. Grandfather Mountain, Linville 

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Grandfather Mountain is home to many magnificent hardwood trees and is widely considered to have one of the greatest views of the fall colors in North Carolina. The best time to view the fall foliage depends on the weather but usually, North Carolina will peak at higher elevations as soon as October 1st. After you’ve taken in the scenery, be sure to visit the mile-high swinging bridge, fudge shop, wildlife habitats, nature museum, Mildred’s Grill, and many of the walking and hiking trails. Find the best time to plan your trip to Grandfather Mountain by visiting https://grandfather.com/

2. Ken’s Korny Corn Maze, Garner

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In the neighboring town of Garner, you will discover Ken’s Korny Corn Maze. It’s North Carolina’s first and longest operating corn maze, making it one of the best places to visit! Offering one-of-a-kind family fun activities such as a children’s maze, rope maze, concessions, picnic area, endless photo opportunities, hay barn, corn crib, gourd checkers, monster truck and tractor, mini-golf, tetherball, hayrides, and pumpkins. Open from mid-September. to mid-November each year. Find out more by visiting https://www.kenskornycornmaze.com/

3. TreeRunner Adventure Park, Raleigh

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Set in a beautiful pine forest in North Raleigh, TreeRunner Raleigh Adventure Park offers exhilarating high ropes and zip line obstacle courses. There are 70 suspended obstacles above the forest floor. These include bridges, cargo nets, swinging logs, rings, and skateboards. TreeRunner Raleigh Adventure Park is also home to 12 different zip lines to experience.

The courses vary in difficulty from easy to most difficult making them perfect for all ages! Enjoy the afternoon climbing and exploring the treetops this autumn season. Find out more by visiting https://www.treerunnerraleigh.com/

4. The DuPont Forest, Cedar Mountain

The DuPont Forest, or the DuPont State Recreational Forest as it’s officially named, has plenty to do and see. Here’s a fun fact…it’s been the filming location for “The Hunger Games” and “The Last of the Mohicans”.

During the fall, take advantage of horseback riding, hiking, kayaking, or mountain biking. If you go hiking, be sure to check out the remarkable views along Stone Mountain and Cedar Rock. You can take a rest along the lakes and waterfalls along the forest which have calm, gentle waters as well as some powerful rushes of water. While you’re in the forest, be sure to visit High Falls, Triple Falls, and Hooker Falls. To plan your visit, check out https://dupontrecreationalforest.com.

5. Visit a Winery

North Carolina can give Napa Valley some competition with its wineries. The fall season is the perfect time to visit a winery. Cypress Bend Winery, Duplin Winery, and Childress are a few to put on your list. Earlier in the season, many of these wineries host grape stomping events and festivals. But, during the entire season, you can enjoy the beautiful grounds while relaxing with a glass of wine. Search for your favorite winery here so you can plan your visit.

Whatever your fall plans include, North Carolina is home to some of the most stunning sights and exciting activities the whole family can enjoy. Make this a season to remember and don’t forget to stop by the Farmers’ Market and see us for lunch or dinner! You can also view our menu and order online for take-out and enjoy the best Calabash seafood in Raleigh!