8 Near Charlotte Destinations for Leaf-Peeping!

By: Spencer Collins

Ever Wondered Where to Watch the Leaves Change?

Pumpkin spice lattes. Boots. Leggings. Scarves. It’s the most basic time of the year. Otherwise known as FALL.

Growing up in Las Vegas I never got a real Fall, so when I moved to Charlotte two years ago I did all the fall things and let me just say, Fall is now possibly my favorite season.

One of the best and most beautiful things about Fall is of course, the changing of the leaves. Moving here I also learned the term “leaf-peeping”--- literally the informal term for the activity where people travel to view the fall foliage.

So where are the best places for leaf peeping here in the Charlotte area? Take a look.

#1 Crowder’s Mountain

It’s only 40 minutes away from Charlotte, but you can feel like you’re a world away with the beautiful mountain. However, you can climb to the top and still see the Charlotte skyline. This will probably be your best bet for a quick day trip for some leaf peeping.

#2 Asheville

It may be two hours away from Charlotte, but EVERYONE loves Asheville. There’s something for everyone there. If you love to drink, there’s a ton of breweries. But if you’re more into history, you can explore the Biltmore all day. You can also rake in the views of the Blue Ridge Mountains surrounding the city. Definitely, make this a weekend trip if you can!

#3 Blowing Rock

A little less than two hours north of Charlotte, this mountain town SCREAMS fall. The town square is covered in pumpkins and the local candle shop creates hand-made autumn scents. Make sure to head up here during peak leaf season.

#4 Grandfather Mountain

If you’ve got a long weekend, head up here. It’s a two-hour drive northwest of Charlotte. You can see the beautiful fall colors from the mile-high swinging bridge and get some climbing in too.

#5 Table Rock

This is another drive you may want to make a weekend out of, because it’s about two hours west of Charlotte. Located in the Pisgah National Forest, Table Rock is more than a mile above sea level and overlooks the Linville Gorge. It’s definitely a hike to the summit, but the view is gorgeous.

#6 Chimney Rock

A bit closer than Table Rock, but still almost two hours away from Charlotte. You can spend the day exploring the old fashioned mountain town and then hike to the top of the rock to see the fall colors.

#7 Uwharrie National Forest

About an hour and a half east of Charlotte, you can hike one of the many scenic trails to see the colorful leaves. You can also see where the first documented gold rush took place.

#8 Banner Elk

A little over two hours North of Charlotte, this is a great option for anyone looking to enjoy more than just colorful leaves. The town has a ton of fall festivals to keep you busy.

Happy Leaf-Peeping! 

Written by Spencer Collins | @spencer_elizabeth

News junkie. 4th grade spelling bee winner. Dance floor addict.