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Autumn in Ashe County, NC

Updated on November 4, 2014

Ashe County, a little piece of Heaven


Autumn is the perfect time of year to visit Ashe County. It's prime location in the mountains of north-western North Carolina means that everywhere you look, you'll experience the beauty of the changing leaves and cooling temperatures.

Plus the entire county is made up of 19 small towns with a total of just 25,000 people. So you're guaranteed to get some of that wonderful small town charm!

A few words about Ashe County....

"Nestled comfortably in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Ashe County experiences four distinct and beautiful seasons.Fall offers an unmatched patchwork of splendid autumn colors as well as comfortable temperatures that draw visitors from near and far. Natives and visitors alike relish the refreshing growth of spring and the long summer days where the cares and worries of today's fast paced life seem to drift away on the soft evening breeze. Fall offers an unmatched patchwork of splendid autumn colors as well as comfortable temperatures that draw visitors from near and far who come to see Ashe's natural magnificence. Our winters are mild and picturesque, touched with warm holiday cheer and pristine snowfalls, which gently blanket the land. Traditionally grounded in agriculture and manufacturing, Ashe County is populated with proud and hard working folks, who will go out of their way to help their neighbors, and who still value honesty and heritage.

I trust that when you find time to visit us, you'll find that Ashe is a serene place to visit, a safe and stable place to raise a young family, or a relaxed and intriguing home to adopt, in order to take advantage of that well deserved retirement."

~Warmest personal regards,

Dan McMillan, County Manager

Also known as Christmas Tree County

No matter where you go in Ashe County, you're guaranteed to see one thing. Christmas Trees! We have over 22 Choose-and-Cut Christmas Tree Farms located in our small county (some spanning over 1000 acres !). I know. I know. If you visit Ashe County in the fall, it'll be too early for a Christmas Tree. But that just gives you a reason to come back in the winter!

A little about Ashe County

Did you know the Blue Ridge Parkway runs right through Ashe County? Yep. With just a short drive, you can enjoy scenery beyond your imagination.

Wildcat Rock Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway 04/18/2010
Wildcat Rock Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway 04/18/2010

More fun things to do in the autumn in Ashe County

  • Try your luck with one of our many corn mazes.
  • Go on a hay ride!
  • Visit our farmers market held every Saturday and you're guaranteed to get the freshest fruits and vegetables.
  • Take a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Just make sure you stop at the many scenic overlooks. The view is amazing!
  • Take a walk! West Jefferson's downtown area depicts several murals that create a walking tour. Plus it's a great chance to visit all the unique shops!
  • From May to November 13, you can spend your Saturday nights at the Mountain Music Jamboree.
  • Visit the Carolina's oldest cheese factory, Ashe County Cheese. You can actually watch the cheese being made!
  • Spend a day fishing in one of the oldest rivers in North America, the New River. (kind of a funny name for such an old river)
  • Play a round of golf at the Jefferson Landing mountain resort community.
  • Pick out your perfect pumpkin at one of the dozens of local pumpkin patches.

A little more about the 'Walking Tour'

Don't be jealous. lol

This is the autumn view from my front porch. Isn't it just breathtaking?!

© 2010 Othercatt

So, how soon can you be here?

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      Shadrosky 4 years ago

      Visited once about nine years ago, loved it!

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      Karen Kay 5 years ago from Jackson, MS

      On my way up from Mississippi! (hopefully some day! lol!) Beautiful country!

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      Vikki 5 years ago from US

      It seriously is the most amazing time in NC---Autumn....I could just ride around for days taking it all in.Blessed ;) Added to the travel quest best lenses page.

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      sheilamarie78 6 years ago

      Beautiful scenery. I was there once.

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      It looks wonderful there. I have only been across from Cherokee to Franklin, and that's my experience of North Carolina.

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      A month ago I left the Blue Ridge mountains of SOUTH Carolina to move near family in Missouri. I miss it already, but will always have fond memories -- and a reason to visit -- of my time living on the side of Stumphouse Mountain in the midst of Sumter National Forest, then nearby 'down' the mountain in Pendleton, SC. Autumn in the Blue Ridge Mountains is definitely 'gorgeous'.

      Ashe County, NC is a beautiful area. I've driven the Blue Ridge Parkway and enjoyed the views. And, what a gorgeous view from your porch! I remember a similar one during my time spent in my 'mountain' home.

      I enjoyed my tour of your Autumn in Ashe County. ~~Blessed by a SquidAngel~~

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      RuthCoffee 6 years ago

      Such a lovely area of the country. Autumn is my favorite time of year and you get some of the best foliage. Of course beautiful conifers rank high on my list too.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Ashe County looks so beautiful in the fall. Love the intro picture. I can't believe that I have never been there. We love the beautiful North Carolina mountains. Lensrolled to my Fall Trees lens.