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Fall into Maggie: Best Fall Activities in Maggie Valley


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Fall is a stunning time to visit western North Carolina, particularly Maggie Valley. It’s the time of the year when fun reaches new peaks! While we love having visitors year-round, it’s no secret that fall is our most popular season. With gorgeous weather, a beautiful landscape, outdoor adventures, and attractions galore, our guests always leave content and full of memories. If you’ve ever visited during the fall, you know what we’re talking about. If you’re looking to fall into our charming mountain town this season, we have some recommendations for you! Check out some of our favorite fall activities in Maggie Valley below.

Leaf Peeping

Early October through November is the prime time for vibrant hues among the fall foliage of Maggie Valley. As the season progresses, leaves begin to change color, beginning at the high elevations of our mountaintops and working their way down. Hikers and leaf-lookers can expect vibrant reds, gold, oranges, and yellows as they frolic and enjoy the season’s shorter days and cooler temperatures. Weather is also a significant factor when it comes to vibrancy of colors. Rain, frost, heat, and everything in-between can affect when, for how long and how brightly leaves change colors. However, regardless of when you visit, you’ll be impressed with the bespeckled landscape that exists only in the Smoky Mountains. Check out our fall color map.

Bugling of the Elk

The elk herd in Maggie Valley and the surrounding area is strong and growing. Family members of all ages love to view and photograph these majestic animals in their active state. Check out our Elk Watching 101 guide, and hype the kids up prior to your elk-watching adventure with our other elk blogs, like What’s Up with Maggie, Written By a Cataloochee Elk. Most importantly, though, remember that the fall is their mating season, and while these these creatures are fascinating, they are also instinctual. Therefore, it’s best to yield them space and observe from a distance. With that being said, mating season is when the ‘bugling of the elk’ occurs, when a male elk makes a sound like a bugle to attract cows (female elk) and ward off competitors.

Fall Hikes

Maggie Valley’s many hiking trails are lovely and inviting during all seasons, but with its cool weather and colorful foliage, fall is a unique time to hike in the Smoky Mountain region! Conquer scenic hikes like Soco Falls and Waterrock Knob, or check out our other Top Hikes in Maggie Valley!

Note to the wise, you will want to reserve enough time truly relish in nature and your time spent exploring. Make sure to account for extra travel time and breaks so you don’t feel rushed on the trail.

Parkway Cruises

Maggie Valley is one of the most popular destinations in the country for motorcyclists. Each year, the curvy roads and beautiful byways attract visitors of all engine types! Why, you ask? Well, what better way to view the scenery than in the open air along the stunning Blue Ridge Parkway? If you enjoy riding motorcycles, cruising along the highway between Maggie Valley, Cherokee and other surrounding towns is a perfect way to spend a fall day. Check out our favorite sections of the parkway to plan your cruise!

Food and Drink

Nothing supplements fun fall activities like delicious food, tasty treats, and a steaming cup of joe! You’ll want to try a few while you’re here. Try local fall favorites from restaurants like Joey’s Pancake House and Pop’s Butts on the Creek, coffee shops like Sippers in the Valley and Organic Beans Coffee Company, breweries like Bearwaters Brewing – Creek Side, and markets like The Old Gray Mare! Odd are that we have something to match your tastes!

While these are just a few of our favorite fall activities in Maggie Valley, there is no shortage of adventure to get into during your stay in our mountains. Discover more of our town’s activities here. And whatever you do, don’t forget to share and tag us @VisitNCSmokies and #HayNow on social media for a chance to be featured in our upcoming marketing materials.

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