Fall for Asheville Parks & Recreation – and receive a gift!

two stuffed animal raccoons on bridge railing

Out-of-towners like to speculate when fall foliage will peak in Asheville to plan a visit. For locals, the beauty of living in the Blue Ridge Mountains means the chance to enjoy a regional show of bright yellow, burnt orange, and vibrant purple hues that can last six to eight weeks. That span is shorter in Asheville proper, but autumn is still a spectacular time of year to explore the city’s parks.

While enjoying the return of cool, crisp air this season, join friends and neighbors in the Fall for Asheville Parks & Recreation (APR) scavenger hunt to receive an APR tote bag. Like the Fit 50 Challenge tees seen around town, this gift is exclusively available to those who visit eight of the 15 locations listed below and take a picture to commemorate their fall visit.

Fall for Asheville Parks & Recreation Rulestwo stuffed raccoons sitting on public art

  1. Register on our website by November 15, 2022. This helps us know how many tote bags to order.
  2. Visit at least eight of the locations listed below between October 1 – November 30, 2022.
  3. Post a selfie of your visit on Instagram and/or Facebook, use #Fall4APR, and tag us. We’re @ashevilleparksandrecreation on Instagram and @APRCA on Facebook.
  4. Not into selfies? Just bring along a stuffed animal or other unique object to include in your pictures instead of yourself. If you’re not on social media, simply snap your shots and show them to us.
  5. Stop by Stephens-Lee Community Center (30 George Washington Carver Ave.) between November 28-December 15 to show us your pics and get your tote bag. If you can’t make it to Stephens-Lee during this time, email parks@ashevillenc.gov to arrange to pick up on a later date or at another community center.
  6. Have fun as you explore, connect, and discover public spaces around your city!

Scavenger Hunt Locations

Follow the adventures of our four-legged friend through this gallery for a reference to each location. Visit at least eight to receive your tote bag.


  • East
  • North
  • South
  • West
    • Hole #1 on Richmond Hill Park’s disc golf course (300 Richmond Hill Dr.)
    • Anywhere on French Broad River Greenway (trailheads with parking lots are located on 220 Hominy Creek Rd. and 8 Emma Rd. with additional parking along the greenway in Amboy Riverfront Park, Carrier Park, French Broad River Park, and Buncombe County’s Hominy Creek River Park)
    • Communication board in Carrier Park’s playground (220 Amboy Rd.)

Questions? Email parks@ashevillenc.gov.