The Catawba Falls trail will close on May 2, 2022, and remain closed until spring of 2023. The popular Old Fort area trail will be closed for 9-12 months to ensure the safety of the public and construction crews building retaining walls, boardwalks, staircases, and overlooks. Click the "Play" icon to find alternative waterfall and hiking trails.

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Historic Orchard at Altapass

May 7th - Opening Day!

This year the Orchard's operating hours have changed. During May, visit on Saturday and/or Sunday.

June 1st through October 31st - Hours are Wednesday through Sunday!

Beginning in June, outdoor musical performances will take place. Check the Orchard site or our event calendar for dates and hours.

Legendary Charlie McKinney made his home here. Now, the site is much more than a century old apple orchard. Take home unforgettable memories of bluegrass music, hay rides, clogging, mountain cooking, area artists and craftsmen, original plays, storytelling and much more. Homemade treats, fudge, ice cream and the lunch wagon will fill your tummy, not to mention the delicious heirloom apples!  Milepost 328.3 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Open May through October.  Check their website, sometimes they extend the season into the first week or so in November...you never know how long the leaf colors will be here!

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