Spectacular Fall Views and Area Events

The magnificence of autumn is unmistakable at Elk River Club. Residents need not even leave their property to witness the fall glory of the Blue Ridge Mountains, but they are indeed making plans. Each season at Elk River Club is shaped by Mother Nature and her many gifts, from the soothing ritual of a morning walk or run to soaking up every moment of the evening sun at Robbins Sunset Park. For residents eager for an excursion, we’re covering five appealing fall options in today’s post. 

The Pisgah Region of the Blue Ridge Parkway  
Pack a bag for an afternoon cruising the Blue Ridge Parkway! Late October through early November is prime time for a colorful show of foliage. The Pisgah Region runs from Milepost 339.5 to Milepost 469 at the southernmost end of the Parkway; communities in this region are listed below for those who prefer to fuel up with local cuisine. 

  • Burnsville, Madison & Yancey Counties (344 – 377.4)
  • Chimney Rock & Rutherford County Areas (382.6 – 384.7)
  • Asheville Area (382.6 – 388.8)
  • Hendersonville & Polk County Areas (388.8 – 411.8)
  • Brevard & Transylvania County (412 – 423.2)
  • Maggie Valley, Waynesville, & Haywood County (423.2 – 455)
  • Jackson County, Sylva & Dillsboro (443.1 – 455.7)
  • Cherokee (455.7 – 469.1)

Beech Mountain

Beech Mountain is a little under 8 miles from Elk River Club. Be sure to visit their website as upcoming events are added. A few to be on the lookout for include their Guided Hikes, Birding events, Trail Work Days, Hawk Watches, Night Sensory Hikes and more. You’ll also find shops, dining, biking, fishing and more. 

Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain is just 15 miles from our community, and their fall calendar includes crowd-pleasing activities and entertainment. We recommend their Fall Color Ramble, a 20-minute guided walk that showcases the colors of the season. If you or your little ones are fascinated by mountain creatures, check out their annual Creatures of the Night & Bonfire Delight. Learn what black bears, bald eagles, cougars and more are up to come nighttime! There’s also hot chocolate, apple cider and a bonfire to enjoy. Have a penchant for art? Their Late Summer Sketching runs into October and focuses on building a naturalist’s sketchbook. Lastly, their Grandfather’s Starry Skies is scheduled during the Orionid meteor shower. 

Blowing Rock, NC

Blowing Rock is 20 or so miles from our gates and is a favorite shopping and dining destination. Their tourism website describes Blowing Rock as “the destination for discerning travelers,” and they make a strong case—high-end shops, fine art, antiques, wineries and a culinary scene delight visitors. For fall foliage, bookmark their hiking trails page and make time to see Julian Price Park. For the thrill-seeker, there are three zipline companies that will take you into the woods for a memorable excursion. 

Boone, NC

Boone is just over 18 miles from Elk River Club. Set out on a waterfall hike or spend the afternoon on a lakeshore. Take their paved greenway trail along the pastoral South Fork of the New River. For music lovers, a visit to their October concerts page presents a full range of performances (old time jams, the symphony, emerging artists and more), including outdoor events. 

Fall Festivals

Festival-goers have lots to choose from during the fall season. Oktoberfest at Sugar Mountain is held the second weekend in October. This family-friendly event over two days includes traditional music, costume, authentic food, regional artists and a festive beverage selection. Banner Elk’s Wooly Worm Festival takes place on the third weekend in October at the historic Banner Elk Elementary School. Check out beautiful handcrafted wares from juried artists and participate in the Wooly Worm Races for a chance to win a festive pot of cash! Lastly, experience an authentic mountain festival as you celebrate the fall season with delicious food, family fun, music and crafts—the Valle Country Fair is coming up on Oct. 16, 2021. 

We’ve just scratched the surface of everything our region has to offer. Be sure to visit our blog again soon for the scoop on local happenings. 

Elk River Club is a private mountain golf community in Western North Carolina with the first Signature Jack Nicklaus golf course in the state. Residents and guests enjoy surrounding views of Beech Mountain, Sugar Mountain and Grandfather Mountain. Amenities include an Equestrian Center, a private, on-premise airport, Har-Tru tennis courts, a pool complex, spa services, Clubhouse, casual and fine dining, fishing, events and more.