For fall leaf color seekers, there’s no better place to revel in autumn than on the Biltmore Estate, which is home to some of the region’s oldest and most beautiful trees. There are many ways to experience the thousands of colorful mums and vibrant forests. Peak leaf color is usually the last half of October, but there are many special events that begin in early September.
The gardens herald the season with thousands of vibrant chrysanthemums in rich jewel tones. Guided outdoor experiences include horseback riding, Segway tours, sporting clays, fly fishing, the Land Rover Driving School and river float trips.
Live After Five in the Village
On Friday and Saturday evenings in September and October starting at 5 PM., enjoy Live After Five in Antler Hill Village with live music on the Village Bandstand. Tour the farm, complete with friendly resident goats, chickens, horses, sheep and other small animals. See antique tractors and wagons and watch blacksmith Doc Cudd demonstrate his craft.
Vine to Wine Tour
This 2.5-hour tour takes you to areas on the estate not normally seen by guests, including a trip to the vineyards and a walking production tour. Sample wine tastings throughout the tour and conclude with a grand tasting. Available Saturdays and Sundays at 1:45 PM. Read more about the Vine to Wine Tour.
Fall Biltmore Ticket Deals
Save $10 on daytime admission if tickets are purchased online seven days or more prior. Save $5 when you buy online within six days. Children ages 9 and under are free. Youth 10-16 are half off adult. Go to the Biltmore Estate Web site to buy advance discount tickets.
Best Fall Photo Spots at Biltmore
1. The Rooftop of Biltmore House: The Architect’s Tour provides you with a bird’s eye view after a climb up the Observatory’s spiral staircase and onto the balconies and rooftop.
2. Top of the Rampe Douce: This wide, graduated stairway across the wide front yard from Biltmore House allows for fitting the entire front of the house inside your viewfinder.
3. Statue of Diana: Our favorite photo spot is beyond the Rampe Douce and up the hill at the statue of Diana. Capture a majestic view of Biltmore House with sky and mountains in the background (see pic below).
4. The South Terrace Tea House: The wide open terrace gives you long-range views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. At its edge perches a limestone teahouse with panoramic views of the deerpark, Lagoon and Mount Pisgah.
5. The Loggia: Located on the back of Biltmore House, it is accessible on the ground floor right off of the Music Room. This open-air porch overlooks the deerpark with views of the carriage ride trail across the fields.
6. The Lagoon: The photo at the top of the page was taken by the Lagoon along the main road through Biltmore. Most folks drive right by the one-lane road and bridge that takes you to a very idyllic spot.
See our complete Biltmore Insider's Guide for more info to plan your visit.