Fall is almost here. 'Tis the season of oversized sweaters, cool mornings, pumpkin-spice everything, fires in the fireplace, and leaf-peeping. The best part? There's never a shortage of fall activities! Here are some of our favorite seasonal activities to enjoy in the fall.
Get Outdoors and Enjoy the Crisp Mornings
As the days pass and the cooler weather sets in, the trees begin to change colors showing us the beauty of nature during the fall season. There are many amazing outdoor spots to go on a long walk or create a fall photoshoot to enjoy nature’s beauty. Activities with views of the most beautiful leaves include:
- Hopping on the water at King’s Mountain State Park and taking a relaxing fishing trip on one of their non-motorized boat rentals for only $20 a day.
- Taking a stroll down one of Riverwalk’s beautiful walking trails.
- Taking the family out for a picnic lunch out on Anne Springs Close Greenway – you can find other great spots to go on a picnic here.
- Getting in one last day out on the water on Lake Wylie before winter comes.
Find a Thrill at Carowinds
Whether you're looking for a thrill, a family-friendly activity, or just a reason to celebrate the upcoming holiday season, Carowinds has an experience for you!
Join Carowinds for Monster Jam Thunder Alley! Activities include a larger-than-life display of Monster Jam favorites, a pit stop play area, an interactive Monster Jam garage, and even the opportunity to ride in a Monster Jam Truck!
Eat, drink, and be scary at SCarowinds! Known as the Carolinas' largest Halloween event, Scarowinds is back and better than ever! Whether it's your first time or your 100th time visiting SCarowinds, you'll certainly be in for a treat (not the sweet kind).
When it's finally the fall, make your way to Camp Snoopy for the Great Pumpkin Fest! They'll have all things fall including festival games, a bluegrass JamBOOree, costume contests, a hay bale maze, and so much more!
Zipline at Camp Cannan
Don’t just dream of flying anymore, make it your favorite pastime at Canaan Zipline Canopy Tour in Rock Hill, SC. This 3-hour exhilarating adventure starts at the treetops in a 70ft tower, then zips across the Catawba River a total of 6 times. The Full Zipline Tour includes 9-Ziplines, a suspended bridge, and walking trails through the woods. This high-flying adventure is for all ages (minimum weight 75lbs, maximum 265) that you won’t want to miss! ⠀⠀⠀⠀
Get Festive at these Fall Festivals
The fall festival is open every weekend in October. $7 per person and activities include a corn maze, skeeball, a farm playground, and of course, hayrides! Unfortunately, Fido will have to sit this one out, as there are no furry friends permitted during the fall festival.
Curtin Farms Fest is a community gathering for those who appreciate quality, hand-crafted and unique treasures and for those who have an interest in experiencing a relaxing, family-friendly day surrounded by rolling pastures with the sights and sounds of our 100-year-old working farm.
During the month of October, Cherry Place Farm is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays. The October festival is a self-guided tour of their farm that features the two-acre corn maze and pumpkin patch. This is a family-friendly event, but all ages will enjoy the activities. They are not requiring reservations at this time and do allow friendly, leashed dogs. Please check social media for the most recent updates.
Apple lovers will delight in apple picking, hayrides, cider making, pumpkin picking, apple peeling contests, Johnny Appleseed stories, and delicious baked apple goods. Held annually on the third Saturday in October.
Join the Peach Tree Orchards every weekend in October for their annual Fall Festival! They'll have massive pumpkin displays, made-to-order hot pumpkin cinnamon donuts, our famous, not your mama’s pumpkin pie crazy milkshake, mountain apples, and a big fall ole truck display for taking pictures!
On Saturday, September 25th, 3:00 - 9:00 PM, Main Street will be alive with shopping, music, Oktoberfest-themed food, and beverages (some 21+).
Yodel? Love to sport lederhosen? We have contests just for you!
Get ready for an evening filled with food, fun and all things Fall with the upcoming Fort Mill Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021! The event will be held at Walter Elisha Park, 345 N. White Street, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. It will feature music in our new Fort Mill Amphitheater, as well as vendors, food trucks, kids activities, trick or treating, and costume contests!
Rock Hill Oktoberfest Celebration
The City of Rock Hill and Main Street Bottle present Rock Hill Oktoberfest! A tradition that stretches back more than 200 years, this family-friendly event will bring a touch of Bavaria to the streets of Old Town. Featuring authentic food & beer, games, music, and of course the Wiener Dog Run which benefits the Humane Society of York County.
Enjoy a variety of Arts & Crafts, Food Trucks, and Local Business vendors as well as a free Kid's Zone and Costume Parade.
Pick out the Perfect Pumpkin at these U-Pick Farms
Come enjoy this refreshing time of year with your whole family by visiting our pick-your-own pumpkin patch! Whether you choose to pick one big pumpkin for your front porch or a dozen small pumpkins, Bush-N-Vine promises you will enjoy your visit and make memories that will last a lifetime with your loved ones.
Pumpkin Season: September 26th - October 31st
Open weekends starting in October, you'll be able to pick your own pumpkin while enjoying hayrides, corn mazes, and more!
Pumpkin Season: October 1st - 31st
Plan a Fall Camping Trip
Why stay indoors when you can experience the beauty around you? York County is home to some wonderful campsites that offer you an amazing adventure and the opportunity to reconnect with nature. Bring a tent, RV, or simply a sleeping bag and enjoy the Palmetto State at its absolute peak!
Why Camping in the Fall is Awesome
- Cool fall temps are so great for hiking and getting outdoors! You won't have to worry about beating the heat or waiting for the sun to go down before getting outside
- Early campfires mean more time for stories around the campfire and opportunities to create memories
- It's hard to avoid waking up at the crack of dawn while camping during the summer. Later sunrises in the fall make it easier to sleep in and recharge your batteries
Plan a Day Trip to Kings Mountain State and National Military Park
York County is home to numerous outdoor green spaces, waterways, and historic sites – but only one State Park and one National Military Park that rolls all of these things into one. Discover Kings Mountain State Park and Kings Mountain National Military Park for a day filled with nature’s beauty, American Revolution history, and more!
While you're there, don't miss these three things you must see for the perfect Instagrammable photo-op – the State Park’s waterfall feature, and the National Military’s Park’s monument + Ferguson’s grave.
Grab a Fall Inspired Beer on the YoCo Brew Trail
We've created a running list of fall-inspired beers being released on the YoCo Brew Trail:
Vest Weather Märzen (5.9%)
Expect initial malty sweetness yet a finish that is moderately dry. The distinctive maltiness contains notes of sweet bread along with a pleasant toastiness. Hop bitterness is moderate, yet the beer is balanced toward the malt flavors. Easy to drink, and the perfect beer for transitioning from summer to fall.
Release date: September 11th
Burton Pale Ale (5.8%)
This Pale Ale is brewed with a strain of yeast from the famous Burton upon Trent region of England. This yeast strain is known for elevating hop profiles with its subtle fruity esters. The bright citrus notes of the Cascade hops used in this pale ale pair perfectly with the yeast. Expect a light malt body and restrained bitterness. Brewed to be crushable and satisfying, this beer is sure to become a favorite.
Release date: September 14th
Release date: November
Pack a Picnic
A picnic is the perfect way to get some fresh air and relax with friends and family. Pack your blankets, your basket, and your best lunch and pick a spot on this list:
Located in downtown Rock Hill, Fountain Park offers a vast greenspace and a view of a gorgeous fountain for your afternoon picnic! If you stay into the evening, the park is even prettier at sunset.
This 11-acre park is one of the most popular in Rock Hill for a reason- because it's so beautiful! With tiered fountains, ponds, footbridges, and dozens of types of flowers in bloom, this picnic spot provides brunch with a view! Pick one of their large grassy spots in the shade to keep cool.
Clover's newest and largest park provides a range of activities to keep you entertained before or after a picnic at one of their picnic shelters! Play a game of disc golf or cool off with their splash pad to work up an appetite!
With 2,300 acres of land available, there are so many places to set up for a picnic at the Greenway. Hit the canteen for fresh sandwiches, salads, and more or bring your own food- either way, you'll enjoy the sunshine and relaxation here.
If you've ever attended Fort Mill's annual Strawberry Festival, then you know how great Walter Elisha Park is! This park features a playground for the kiddos, a short walking trail, and a large green space with plenty of room to spread out.
City Park is perfect for picnicking right in the heart of downtown York. The park includes a splash pad, playgrounds, picnic shelters, a pedestrian loop trail, an outdoor stage, and a centrally located greenspace.