10 Ways to Experience Fall Color in Rockingham County, NC

With hundreds of tree species under the Carolina blue skies, Rockingham County’s landscape provides a full palette of fall color.  Here are a few suggestions for taking in the beautiful fall splendor here.

Meander at a State Park: Experience fall color in the rolling hills at the Mayo Mountain Access “hub” area of the Mayo River State Park.  Pack a picnic, fish in the pond or hike the trails to take in the beautiful fall foliage. Visit Haw River State Park’s Iron Ore access to experience fall color on the hiking trail and picnic areas.

Relax by the sounds of rushing water at Fall Creek Falls Waterfall:  Make the short, easy trek out to Rockingham County’s beautiful waterfall, Fall Creek Falls on the Mayo River.  Part of the Mayo River State Park property, you can access the waterfall by parking at the DeShazo Mill Road parking area, then take the short, ¼ mile trail to the top of the falls.  Follow the foot paths to the area below where there is space to picnic and linger among the serene scenery.

Grab a paddle: Add the shimmer of flowing river waters to your fall palette.  Canoe, kayak or tube the Dan, Haw, Mayo or Smith Rivers and enjoy a unique, up-close view of autumn color.  Check with our local outfitters—Dan River Adventures; Mayodan Outdoor Sports; and Three Rivers Outfitters—to rent gear or feel free to bring your own.

Pedal around:  Hop on that bike and enjoy a tour of the leaves along some of the best rural road cycling routes in the Piedmont Triad.  Or grab that mountain bike and hit the Mayodan Mountain Bike Trail at Farris Park or traverse the mountain bike trail at Lake Reidsville Park*Mountain bike rentals are available at Farris Park for use on the Mayodan Mountain Bike Trail for a nominal fee.

Follow the Rockingham County Quilt Trail:  The Rockingham County Quilt Trail takes you on a scenic, country drive over rolling farmland, through forests, across rivers and into towns on a quest to see 33 authentic quilt blocks by local artisans.  The squares are displayed on barns and outbuildings of family farms.  The self-guided trail is the perfect way to take in all the beautiful fall colors while also enjoying sites such as historic tobacco barns, vineyards, farm stands and country stores along the way.  You can travel the whole trail in a day, or perhaps spend a little more time along the way and drive the trail in sections.  A free Rockingham County Quilt Trail Guide is available with a map.

Cast a line: What better setting to see the fantastic fall foliage than on a serene lake.  And Rockingham County has three:  Lake Reidsville, Lake Hunt and Belews Lake, which are great places for leaf viewing whether you are on the water or on the shore.

Uncork the color: Sip reds and whites in the hills of Western Rockingham County at Autumn Creek Vineyards in Mayodan.  Enjoy views and the local wine.

Experience a fall farmHarvest Ridge Farm north of Reidsville offers loads of fall fun and scenic fall foliage—from pumpkin patches, hay rides, two giant corn mazes, double slide, giant jumping pillow, corn cannons, rides and more.  What better way to experience fall color than a full day on a farm.

Stroll along a greenway: Enjoy gorgeous fall colors strolling along the Smith River Greenway in Eden, the Reidsville Greenway, the Chinqua-Penn Walking Trail near Reidsville, or the Knight Brown Nature Preserve near Belews Lake.

Watch color take flight: Pick one or all three local sites on the North Carolina Birding Trail to glimpse beautiful bird species soaring among the autumn hues.  Birding Trail sites are the Chinqua-Penn Walking Trail, the Dan River and Lake Reidsville.