This fall, why gaze at any old tree when you can lay your eyes on some true champions? It’s true, trees can and do win awards, and High Hampton is home to some of the most vibrant and colorful award-winners that are sure to produce some regal fall foliage this October. These trees have been recognized by the North Carolina Forestry Service and the North Carolina Champion Big Tree Program sponsored by the NC Department of Agriculture. Follow in the footsteps of American Forest’s Big Tree Hunters Byron Carmean and Gary Williamson to see some award-winning fall color on High Hampton Inn’s “Tree Trail of Champions.” Visit High Hampton to see the North Carolina State Champion Black Locust and Bottlebrush Buckeye turn rich gold and yellow, along with the State Co-Champions Cinnamon Clethra and Witch Hazel. The State Champion Alternate-leaf Dogwood and State Co-Champion Sourwood shine brilliantly in lush oranges and reds, and the State Co-champion Mountain Winterberry makes dramatic statement in fall and winter with its plethora of bright red berries. Other trees to see include the Ginkgo, Bald Cyprus, a fiery Copper Beech, Maples, and Oaks.
And don’t forget about the crowd-pleasing “Bear Shadow” phenomenon! During the last two weeks of October as the sun sets behind Whiteside Mountain, a perfect image of a black bear can be seen dancing across the tops of the colorful trees. It’s the perfect way to end a truly amazing experience. Be sure to take advantage of the resort’s mid-week fall foliage packages to enhance your leaf-peeping excursion!