The mountains are beckoning this fall, and Kanuga is the perfect home base for your seasonal adventures. With beautiful foliage, miles of hiking trails, acres of apple orchards, and nearby state parks, fall at Kanuga is a best-kept secret worth discovering.
Beautiful Fall Foliage Abounds
In autumn, Kanuga’s lush property comes alive with a kaleidoscope of colors. With acres and acres of forest, you can view the brightest colors of the season during Autumn Guest Period. Clint DeWitt, Environmental Projects Manager, recommends exploring Kanuga’s hiking trails. Wolf Mountain, Long Rocks, and Sunset Point provide the optimal spots to admire fall color.
“Sunset Point offers great views of the valley Kanuga is nestled in, and the chance to observe a variety of ecosystems while you make the climb,” says Clint. “From the top of Wolf Mountain, you can see the fall colors around the lake and the cross. Long Rocks provides the longest-range view of fall colors, the lake, and the cross, but looks out away from our property.”
Not in the mood for a hike? Some of the best fall color can be found on the walking loop around Kanuga Lake. “As far as showy fall trees go, I’m a huge fan of sourwood, which turns a bright red color in the fall,” says Clint. “Sourwoods can be found all around the lake loop.”
Harvest a Basketful of Memories
Fall is ripe for apple picking, and Kanuga is situated in the heart of apple country. Henderson County is North Carolina’s top apple producer, with six u-pick orchards within a short drive of Kanuga. Fresh apple cider, homemade apple doughnuts, caramel apples, apple bread, and apple cake tempt at roadside markets, while acres of apples beckon in the distance. Most orchards plant an assortment of varieties to ensure apple season lasts all fall. As such, Henderson County is home to unique heirloom apples that usually don’t appear on grocery store shelves.
An Outdoor Paradise Awaits
While a stay at Kanuga promises plenty of fun and activities, the chance to explore more of Western North Carolina is just minutes away. DuPont State Recreational Forest is located just outside of Hendersonville. With more than 10,000 acres, DuPont is home to three spectacular waterfalls and miles of hiking and mountain bike trails.