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The Santeetlah Lakeside Beginner’s Guide to Leaf-Peeping Season

Brilliant yellows, vibrant reds, and orange hues — October is the most colorful time of the year in the Western North Carolina mountains. And there are plenty of ways to experience this picturesque season, from countryside drives to scenic hiking trails and small-town harvest festivals.

However, with so many places to explore, trying to plan your first leaf-viewing trip can get overwhelming. So, we put together a beginner’s guide of must-see locations and events to help get you started!

And don’t forget — there are many other trails, roads, and waterfalls left to discover. Print or download our beginner’s guide as an on-the-go reference during your visit and start your journey today!

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Fall colors come alive at Santeetlah Lakeside.

As the sunburst shades of fall spread across the Blue Ridge Mountains, our laidback lakeside community offers a front-row seat to the breathtaking foliage. During your trip, schedule a Discovery Tour at Santeetlah Lakeside to explore the property and experience the stunning lake and leaf views for yourself.

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1 Page Avenue, Suite 150, Asheville, NC 28801

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