4 drivable fall destinations within four hours of Columbia, SC

Watch the leaves change before they fall in fall. 🍁

Columbia Fall Scapes

Hop in the car, fill up your tank, and drive ~three hours to see the leaves change.

Photo by @jacobskateslakai

Is anyone else craving a reprieve from the heat and humidity Famously Hot Cola is known for? We feel the buzz for cooler weather, less humidity, and are itching for a fall retreat to the mountains.

Southern Living shared alist of 32 Charming Mountain Towns To Visit This Fall, and we’re talking through four of the destinations within four hours of Columbia that you can visit to watch the leaves change + anticipate fall.

🍁 Asheville, NC | 2.5 hours

Oh, hey there, AVLtoday. AVLtoday + this guide are the best resources we could give you when exploring what this city has to offer pertaining to outdoor activities, award-winning cuisines, and places to stay.

🍁 Banner Elk, NC | 3.5 hours
A unique and fun way you can see the changing leaves is by riding the Wilderness Run Alpine Coaster in Banner Elk. Go on the 3,000 foot sit-in coaster that takes you on a ~ five-minute ride through the trees.

Pro tip: If you drive ~10 minutes from Banner Elk (and wait to go later in the year) you’ll find yourself close to the two largest ski resorts in the SouthSugar Mountain Resort + Beech Mountain Resort.

🍁 Boone, NC | 3 hours

Watch the leaves change from below + above the trees when hiking to mountain peaks in Boone. The beginning of fall is one of the most popular times to enjoy the outdoors, and Boone is known for having beautiful hiking options that include waterfalls.

🍁 Dahlonega, GA | 3.5 hours

Fun fact, Dahlonega was where the nation’s first gold rush happened in the 1820s + is known as North Georgia’s Wine Country.

This quaint town is full of history, wineries, and is near several U-pick farms. Read through the full visitor’s guide before planning a weekend trip.