Get ready, its about to be....


My kids are officially back in school, football is on the tv, its pumpkin spice everything and the air temperatures are starting to drop. It must mean fall is coming. If you’re like me, life gets a little crazy and sometimes hard to enjoy the fall beauty. Every year we try to take a day or weekend to drive to the Blue Ridge Mountains to see the fall colors, hike, breathe the fresh air and just be.

In the US, Autumn foliage starts in Alaska around mid September and ends in the Smoky Mountains during late October to early November.  Check out thefall foliage predictionfor more information on when to leaf peep this year!
Consider making the experiences more memorable for your kids.  It sounds great to take a drive with the windows rolled down but in reality the kids probably won’t last too long.  More than likely they may enjoy looking at the bright colors if you add a little adventure.

Fall Family Adventure

  • Take a horseback ride//There are several horseback opportunities in and around national and state parks that will guide you on the trails. The horses come with lots of experience and ready to take the family out.

  • Train ride//Across the United States there are different opportunities to take a very scenic rides to observe the leafs. Here are a few that stand out..

    • Conway Scenic Railway in North Conway, New Hampshire

    • Blue Ridge Scenic Railway- Blue Ridge, Georgia, to Copperhill, Tennessee

    • Cooperstown and Charlotte Valley Railroad- Milford to Cooperstown, New York

    • Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad-Independence to Akron, Ohio

    • Great Smoky Mountains Railroad’s Tuckasegee Steam Train- Bryson City to Dillsboro, North Carolina

  • Zipline//A perfect opportunity to say yes to this adventure. Go soaring through the bright colors.

  • Hike to the waterfall//Adding water features to a hike excites kids and the colors are even brighter on the trees.

  • Ride a Ski lift/gondola//Many ski resorts operate their lifts in the off season so you can hike some of the ski trails. This is a big bonus for those who don’t know how to ski but want to experience the lift.

    Fall is a perfect time for a weekend getaway to a Mountain resort, experience glamping or be one with nature in a tent.  Enjoy the beauty out there and let me know if I can help you find a place to explore. 

    Happy Fall Yall!