Best Places to See Fall Scenery in the South
While New York’s Hudson Valley and the mountains of Colorado may scream “autumn!” more in the minds of Americans, the South is perhaps the nation’s most colorful landscape, and we’re not just talking about the characters that live here. From mustard-yellow ginko groves of North Carolina to Louisiana moss-draped cedars and stunning scarlet maples in Kentucky, there’s not shortage of vistas to take in. Here are some of our favorite places we’ve found from our friends on Instagram.
Melanie Miller (@rosieladyblue), one of our favorite follows, clued us into this gorgeous view in Erwin, Tennessee. Bring your kayak and set up your tent in the nearby campground.
Blue Ridge Parkway
This snap from Robert Stephens (@solitarytravelerphoto) reminds us that there is perhaps no better place to see the splendor of a Southern Fall than this iconic roadway. No matter where you start or finish, you’ll see staggering scenery and the terrain that continues to inspire all things from Appalachia.
This state park, beautifully captured by Michael Matti (@michaelmatti), will make a believer of any West Virginia doubter.
Virginia’s mountains are brimming with beauty as seen in this shot from Alex Martin (@alx.martin) in the Shenandoah Valley.
Looking Glass Rock
Deep in the Pisgah Forest near Asheville, Jared Kay (@jared_kay) captured the magnificent Looking Glass Rock that towers over a rainbow of trees.
Linn Cove Viaduct
The South’s best fall scenes aren’t just relegated to state parks and wilderness. This streetscape taken by Claire and Laura (@twins_that_travel) in Washington D.C.’s Georgetown neighborhood has us wanting the stroll the sidewalks with a warm cup of coffee in hand.
New Orleans City Park
While Fall does signal foliage, in New Orleans’ City Park, autumn brings an explosion of wildflowers near the entrance to the greenspace.