Fall Colors in the Blue Ridge Mountains and at the 1899 Wright Inn and Carriage House

Posted by admin on October 17, 2009

So, is it too late to come to the mountains to enjoy the beautiful fall leaf colors and stay with us at the beautiful 1899 Wright Inn and Carriage House? In a word….NO!!

As I look out the window here at the Inn, there are currently not enough leaves on the ground to get a native Michigander into raking mode.

But at this time of year, leaf hunting and viewing success begins at the higher elevations where it is begging to peak.

Mt. Mitchell (Elevation 6089 feet) highest point east of the Rockies has a new viewing platform. Hiking trails abound, but dress for the colder weather at that elevations

Grandfather Mountain (Elevation 5946 feet) is the newest state park and a seventy mile drive from Asheville to view the mile high swinging bridge and wildlife that includes eagles, bear and cougar. Grandfather Mountain can also be accessed by the Blue Ridge Parkway which is a ninety mile drive. But because of the twisty roads and slower speeds, allow about two and a half hours for the trip.

Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville at Craggy Pinnacle is elevated at 5892 feet and offers spectacular vistas. There are many pull-offs that allow you to sit and contemplate the views. There is the new Blue Ridge Natural Heritage Visitor’s Center at Mile-post 384 or the Folk Arts Center near Asheville. Both have hiking trails.

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest (Elevation 3500) is the last remaining virgin timber forest in the mountains. Some of the trees are one hundred feet high and over four hundred years old. And for all you literary fans, Joyce Kilmer is the author of the poem “I Think That I Shall Never See a Poem Lovely as a Tree.”

Maggie Valley (Elevation 3020) thirty minutes west of Asheville sits beneath mountain ridges. Go to the high ridges to hike or see rare herds of elk at the Cataloochee Ranch.

Brevard, also known as the– “Land of Waterfalls“(Elevation 2230 feet) features DuPont Forest with it’s hiking trails and fishing streams. At Pisgah Crossroads take US 276 to Pishag National Forest following the Davison River and see Looking Glass Falls, Shining Rock, Sliding Rock, Cradle of Forestry, Fish Hatchery and the top of Mt. Pisgah (5721 feet) where you can dine at the Mt. Pisgah Inn and enjoy wonderful views.

Lake Lure, Black Mountain, Saluda, Green River Gourge and Hot Springs also offer spectacular drives, hiking and interesting activities.

So, “Fall for Asheville” and join us at The 1899 Wright Inn and Carriage House, by a cozy fire and let us help you plan some wonderful adventures so you can be out making memories.

Barbara & Bob Gilmore
Owners & Innkeepers

Don’t forget me!!!


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