When to Visit


Explore Leaf Season in the Mountains

Are you eager to experience the stunning autumnal landscapes of the mountains? Journey through the Pisgah or Nantahala National Forests for some whitewater rafting, or encounter extraordinary wildlife along the wild and scenic Chattooga River. Each excursion presents a chance to witness awe-inspiring views—from dramatic rock formations to expansive, rolling mountains and secluded waterfalls.

NOC provides whitewater adventures on various rivers in the Southeast, allowing you to enjoy the remarkable fall colors from a raft on the French Broad, Chattooga, Ocoee, and Nantahala Rivers. Alternatively, you can take in 360-degree vistas as you glide high above the Smokies on our mountaintop zip line experience near Bryson City, Tennessee. No matter which activity you pick, autumn is an excellent time to explore Western North Carolina.

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