Image from Hugh Morton/Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation
Take in the Fall Foliage in Boone
Fall is a popular time of year to visit Boone. The cool crisp air is great for outdoor activities and the view is incredible. The autumn season transforms the dense green forests to hues of yellow, orange and red. When you visit Boone during fall, be sure to take in the views from these locations.
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Where to View the Fall Colors in Boone
Here are some of the best places to view the fall colors in Boone. Several of these sites can be reached by hiking or simply driving along a scenic parkway.
U.S. Highway 421
There is an eight-mile section of Highway 421 that extends from the Blue Ridge Parkway bridge to the town limits of Boone. Along the way you’ll catch sweeping views of the area’s woodlands, mountains and valleys. This scenic byway ascends, providing panoramic views of Snake Mountain and Elk Knob.
Howards Knob Park
Howards Knob Park overlooks the scenic mountain town of Boone, as well as the campus of Appalachian State University. The park features several trails and overlooks that will provide a great view of autumn’s changing scenery. The tallest view within this public park stands at an elevation of 4,396 feet and offers incomparable views.
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River & Earth Adventures
Take in the sights of Boone during fall while enjoying some action-packed fun with River & Earth Adventures. Experience whitewater rafting along the French Broad and Watauga rivers. Or, enjoy a leisurely paddle in a canoe as you observe the changing leaves in the forest around you.
The Rocky Knob area is a great place to hike or bike and view the vibrant colors of fall against the Blue Ridge Mountains. With elevations reaching 3,572 feet, it’s easy to get a panoramic view of the brightly colored treetops.
Spend the night by camping at the Rocky Knob Campground or simply enjoy a picnic lunch and the area’s beautiful surroundings at the Rocky Knob picnic area.
Ride through the trees, bright with auburn tones, during fall at Tweetsie Railroad, located between Boone and Blowing Rock. This wild west theme park features family-friendly rides, entertainment, history and more. Take a ride on one of the two historic locomotives. Tweetsie Railroad also has a chair lift and Ferris wheel that provide sweeping views of the area.
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Have a Meal with a View
Complement your meal when you eat in Boone with a phenomenal view of the fall foliage. Some restaurants have large, floor-to-ceiling windows that offer spectacular views along with menus that will please everyone. Whether you choose an affordable, family-friendly restaurant or something more upscale with a view of the mountains, you’re sure to enjoy every bite and the accompanying views from some of Boone’s restaurants.
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