Fall is officially here and we are so excited. The song “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Andy Williams is in our heads and we can’t wait for mother nature to put on its annual leaf extravaganza.
Here are a few things that we love to do in the Saluda/Green River Gorge area during these colorful weeks of fall. A short drive from Asheville, but far enough to escape leaf-seekers.
• Of course, we are going to put ziplining at The Gorge on the list. You can see the full spectrum of color through the course. We recommend the second and third week of October for the best color. If you want the views and the color-come the first week of November.
•Hiking in the Green River Gorge is beautiful all year long, but there is something about the combination of fall color and the river that makes it quite memorable in the fall. Some of our favorite hikes are into the Narrows hike, Big Bradley Falls, and Pearson Falls.
• On those warm fall days, there is nothing quite like floating the lower Green. The crowds are gone and the river is more beautiful than ever. Green River Adventures is open through October for river and trekking trips.
•With quiet and perfectly pitched for pedaling-the Greenville Watershed is a great place to road ride. Men’s Journal even rated it in the Top 25 places in the US to road ride. The kaleidoscope of color during leaf season make these world-class backcountry roads even better.
•After a beautiful morning enjoying the canopy, Purple Onion is a great place to have Sunday Brunch-or lunch any day for that matter. We love to sit out on the patio on those warm fall days.
• If you are looking to plan something on a specific date. One of the best events happening on the Green River each year is the Green River Narrows Race on the 1st Saturday of November at high noon. This world-famous whitewater kayaking race is a spectacle to watch. Hike into the narrows and watch over 150 of the worlds best kayakers race against the clock through class V rapids and the famous Gorilla rapid. The 45-minute hike into the narrows is worth it.
Don’t forget to grab your pumpkin spiced latte with your pumpkin muffin while drinking your pumpkin ale and eating your pumpkin snickerdoodle cookie. Cheers, to fall! We are stoked!