6 of the Best Places to See Fall Foliage in North Carolina

As cooler weather sweeps across the country, trees begin to change color to those brilliant hues of fiery red, orange, yellow, and even purple. The best time to view fall foliage in North Carolina is in late October, and there are some fantastic places to take in the colorful displays near Davidson. Whether you want to bike around the stunning shores of Lake Norman or enjoy a stroll through the Davidson College campus, you’ll find that a fall getaway here is second to none!

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6 Places to View Fall Foliage in North Carolina

1. Lake Norman

If you only have time to visit one of our fantastic North Carolina fall foliage viewing spots, it should be Lake Norman. Our massive lake is home to miles of gorgeous coastline that you can access in Lake Norman State Park. Here you can bike, hike, or go for a leisurely walk under an array of fall colors. You can also it the water and rent a kayak or try your luck at fishing. There are also several fantastic places to dine on the lake, so you can soak in magnificent views of the water and foliage while savoring delectable cuisine.

For exclusive deals on Lake Norman activities, take advantage of our kayaking, paddle boarding, and cycle boating special!

2. Lake Davidson Nature Preserve

If you don’t want to drive further than five minutes from our Inn, the Lake Davidson Nature Preserve is a fantastic place to take in the fall foliage in North Carolina. This small lakefront park is full of towering trees and quiet spots to relax during the fall season.

3. Roosevelt Wilson Park

Charming Roosevelt Wilson Park is the perfect spot near Davidson to enjoy a casual stroll in the fall. It’s less than a 15-minute walk from our Inn and is home to a pond and acres of quiet tree-shrouded land. Keep an eye out for a variety of beautiful bird species while leaf-peeping. It’s an excellent spot for a romantic picnic, too!

4. Davidson College

The Davidson College campus is one of the best places to view fall foliage in North Carolina during peak leaf season. Wander along the tree-shrouded pathways weaving through the many beautiful buildings during a crisp afternoon. The campus is right across the street from our Inn, so it’s easy to access for guests. Fall also means that football and basketball host their respective sporting events on most weekends!

5. Painted Sky Ranch

If you want to give your feet a rest and enjoy a unique adventure in North Carolina, head over to Painted Sky Ranch in Mooresville. Sign up for private or group lessons, take a ride through scenic trails, and kids can even hop on a pony for a fun experience! It’s one of the best ways to experience fall foliage in North Carolina.

Take a look at our Horseback Riding Special for the best deals on your horseback riding tours!

6. Downtown Davidson

One of our favorite ways to explore downtown Davidson is by bike. You can pedal around our charming town, and you can enjoy special discounts just for being our guest! Check out our mountain bike special for a great deal on rentals during your trip.

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The Davidson Village Inn is the perfect place to base your fall retreat in North Carolina. Our European Style B&B features a collection of comfortable rooms with modern amenities and furnishings in the heart of downtown. You’re steps from some of the best restaurants in our area, including Kindred, Il Bosco, and Mestizo, among others. 

Discover our five different types of rooms and book your fall retreat today! We look forward to welcoming you to our cozy corner of Davidson.