When it comes to beautiful seasons, it’s hard to beat the crowning glory of autumn. With leaves in shades of flame and captured sunlight, golden fields ready to harvest, and the bounty of the earth from pumpkins to grapes and apples this is the season of abundance for all the senses. If you’re fortunate to have purchased one of the new homes in Raleigh, then you have a host of ways to enjoy the beautiful foliage of your new hometown. There are highways traveling to all points of the compass that will take you to state and national forests where you can walk, drive, or hike through colors to rival a rainbow.
America’s Favorite Drive
The Blue Ridge Parkway has earned this name for a multitude of reasons, not the least of which is the fabulous fall colors. If you’re willing to spend a few hours driving through the crisp autumn air, you’ll be well rewarded with a view that has inspired explorers and artists for hundreds of years.
Chimney Rock State Park
Another weekend drive option is the amazing Chimney Rock State Park. With hikes for all ages and abilities, this park has everything you could ever want for an autumn experience. Hike up Chimney Rock itself to take in a view that reaches over 75 miles and offers one of the most beautiful displays of fall color you will ever see.
Eno River State Park
This gorgeous destination is a bit closer to home at only 43 miles northwest from Raleigh. A favorite place to hike, go canoeing, and take in the woodland wonderland, the Eno River is a definite “must” for foliage viewing.
Pilot Mountain State Park
At just over 2 hours away from Raleigh, Pilot Mountain State Park is well-worth the drive. Enjoy an evening drive to get to this gorgeous vista. With hiking and canoeing available, and rappelling for the more adventurous at heart, this state park is a great place to while a few hours under an autumn sky.