When fall arrives on North Carolina’s northern Outer Banks, wildlife thrives. This fall, take an open-air Jeep tour to spot wild horses, hike to see rare birds in a maritime forest, cast a line in Currituck Sound, and more.
Shifting sands, tides, and tempests have shaped the Outer Banks for centuries. Now, those forces pose a constant threat to the islands’ lifeline — and a complicated challenge for the keepers of one of the state’s most famous roads.
Western North Carolina is at its most stunning when autumn arrives and the leaves burst into color. Before you head out leaf-peeping this fall, check in weekly to see what colors our experts are seeing at 22 of our favorite mountain spots.