Great Tours for Fall in Asheville, NC

2018 Fall Color North Carolina Arboretum Oct. 31

Fall is a magical time in Asheville. The city and surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains offer one of the longest fall color seasons in the world — giving you ample time to explore! A guided tour can be the perfect way to experience the stunning fall foliage in unique and unforgettable ways.

Given the majority of these tours take place in the great outdoors, they are perfect social distancing activities. As another layer of safety, you can book private tours with most of these tour operators so that the only people joining you on your adventure are your family members and friends.

These tours, some of them relatively new, are perfect for experiencing autumn's glory in Asheville.

Mountain Hike Tours

NamasteInNature_MaxPatch_SunsetFullMoonYogaHikingTour_Credit Namaste in NatureGet up early and enjoy autumn's glory with a delicious cup of joe! Asheville Adventures offers a guided sunrise hiking experience where guests can enjoy locally-roasted coffee while they discover some of the best secret viewing points in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Wind down your day with a Sunset Yoga Hike with Asheville Wellness Tours. Unplug, unwind and meditate with sweeping views of the fall color change. After beginning with a mindful meditation, sink into a nourishing yoga practice on the mountain top.

Get to know the local trails with the guidance of hiking experts and naturalists on a guided hike from Asheville Hiking Tours or Blue Ridge Hiking Company.

Waterfall Tours

Hooker Falls in FallWhen wearing their autumn colors, waterfalls become even more enchanting. Tumblestone Waterfall Tours will transport you to at least three beautiful waterfalls, making stops along the way to take in the remarkable beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Most tours involve only three miles of total hiking on easy-to-moderate trails. Tours are limited to up to seven people (min. of two people). Private tours are available upon request.

Relax and reconnect with your body, mind and with nature on a waterfall yoga hiking tour with Namaste in Nature. This 2.5 mile round-trip guided hike leads you to an epic 150-foot waterfall where you can meditate and surround yourself amongst the beautiful fall foliage. 

River Tours

For an up close look at Asheville's fall foliage, paddle down the French Broad River on a Wai Mauna Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) Tour. Wai Mauna is open throughout October for you to enjoy a Fall Foliage French Broad Float.

Photography Tours

Experience how to capture the fall colors with your camera thanks to expert photographers in the Blue Ridge Mountains!

Asheville Photo Tours and WNC Photo Tours will guide you all the way.

Tours on Wheels

2015 Fall Color: Biker With ViewEasily explore the city’s charming character and history on an electric bike. The Flying Bike Tour will give you the chance to experience everything from Asheville’s noteworthy architectural gems to the stunning scenery. Try their new River Arts District guided tour and explore Asheville's vibrant creative coordinator situated alongside the French Broad River.

Take to the sidewalks and streets of downtown Asheville on a Moving Sidewalk Segway Tour. The two-hour tours are an unforgettable way to tour a large area. Tours are up to six people or you can book a private tour.  

Shaka Street Tours gives you the opportunity see Asheville and the surrounding area on a stylish, new moped. You’ll have a guide to help you explore and provide local information. 

Haunted Tours

LaZoom Haunted Comedy TourBe prepared to be scared silly! The LaZoom Comedy Bus offers a Haunted Comedy Tour that will help you see Asheville after dark as you’ve never experienced it before. Hop on the Gray Line Trolley Haunted History and Mystery Tour for more than an hour of ghoulish delights.

The tours from Haunted Asheville Tours have been developed by a renowned paranormal expert and TV personality.

Art Tours

Art in AutumnExperience the creative art culture of the Asheville area with the help of expert guide Sherry Masters of Art Connections. With 30+ years of experience in the art community, Sherry has a knack for customizing tours that will appeal to your interests. She offers private tours upon request of artist studios upon.

See colorful works of art from some of Asheville's top creatives through the newly-created South Slope Mural Trail. Follow along this two-mile self-guided trail and view vibrant murals displayed throughout this widely-popular cultural district. Don't forget to stop and grab a brew at one of the area's many breweries!

Rooftop Tours

Sip and see the city of Asheville, and the beautiful fall foliage, with an Asheville Rooftop Bar Tour experience. The tours take you to three or four Asheville rooftop bars/restaurants in one afternoon. The tours also incorporate history with photos from the 1800s and early 1900s for an Asheville “then and now perspective.”

Biltmore Tours

For an expansive view of the nearly 8,000-acre Biltmore Estate, add on the Rooftop Tour to your visit. On this guided tour, you’ll get a closer look at the design and construction of Biltmore, in addition to enjoying the amazing views.

Other Biltmore Tours include a custom two-hour tour of Biltmore House based on the interests of your small, private group.

You can take self-guided tours of Biltmore House, adding on an audio guide for an enhanced experience. Biltmore has put measures into place to reduce the number of people in each room of Biltmore House at any given time and to extend its visitation hours to help promote social distancing.

Aerial Tours

The Gorge ZiplineSoar above the colorful fall trees on a zipline tour. The Asheville area offers some of the best zip line canopy tours in the nation, including Navitat Canopy Adventures, Adventure Center of AshevilleFrench Broad Adventures and The Gorge Zipline.

See a full list of Asheville tours!


Photo credits: Top photo by Jason Tarr. Waterfall photo by Rob Travis. Bicyclist photo by Jared Kay. LaZoom photo courtesy Art photo by Jason Tarr. Zipline photo courtesy of The Gorge Zipline.

Updated September 21, 2021
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