As children prepare to head back to school, it’s a reminder that the dog days of summer are coming to a close. Here are some “can’t miss” fall activities in the Carolinas:
- Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway
The famous Blue Ridge Parkway winds through the western part of the state and is a perfect day trip, or weekend trip for Charlotteans. The road slopes all the way from the northwestern part of the state to the southern part and, while it is exceptionally crowded during the peak foliage, it is definitely still worth the trip. There are plenty of places to stop along the way – so be sure to get some warm apple cider or boiled peanuts.
- Visit America’s only “Fly Fishing Trail” in Western North Carolina
The “Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail” is located in Jackson County, North Carolina and is a must-visit for anglers and fly fishing enthusiasts looking to catch trout. The trail boasts “15 excellent spots” for catching brook, brown and rainbow trout. A short three-hour drive from Charlotte, the trail has maps, flying fishing reports, and trail news all on their Facebook page.
- Go camping in the Outer Banks
With nighttime temperatures cooling, it is primetime to visit the still mostly-underdeveloped Outer Banks. In addition to the white sand beaches, the Outer Banks also offers unparalleled beauty – with wild horses inhabiting several islands and beautiful scenery all around. There are only a small number of sites, and some require a reservation, so be sure to plan ahead if you choose to head to the Outer Banks. Also, even though it may not seem much farther than the quick three-hour jolt to Wilmington or Carolina Beach – some parts of the Outer Banks can take up to six or seven hours to reach from Charlotte, so be sure to plan ahead!