#1 – Ride the Rails

Enjoy the views on a Fall Foliage ride. Trips depart most weekdays in October, and twice on Fridays and Saturdays. Don’t miss the Pumpkin Express, where kids and adults can greet Farmer Brown and pick out a souvenir pumpkin. Departures are at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. on October 23.

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

#2 – Pick Some Apples

Whether you wander the orchard and pick ’em yourself or shop the farm market and pick up a bushel, you’ve never tasted apples this fresh and delicious! Be sure to visit the restaurant and bakery — and stop by the tasting room for wine and hard cider.

Mercier Orchards

#3 – Saddle Up

Saddle up and wander through the changing forest leaves as you breath in cool, crisp mountain air. Whether you’re a greenhorn or an experienced saddle bum, you’ll enjoy a great day of adventure.

Adventure Trail Rides (no longer in business)

Blanche Manor Horseback Riding

Blue Ridge Mountain Trail Rides at Hells Hollow Outpost

#4 – Crush a Car

It’s just not fall without a little car crushing! Get your heart pumping and the adrenaline going by flattening a car with 17 tons of military steel. Or, thunder around the exciting tank course (you can also get behind the controls of a massive 40,000 pound construction excavator). It’s truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Tank Town USA

#5 – Hit a Hole in One

Cohutta Cove, which is open late every night, features a classic 18-hole layout plus a covered gem mining station. The Lilly Pad Village course is a more challenging 9-hole on mountain terrain, but you may play as many rounds as you wish for one low price. Covered gem mining and pond fishing is also available.

Cohutta Cove Mini Golf

The Lilly Pad Village