Fall and chilly weather are almost here, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy being outside! The Upstate of South Carolina thrives with an abundance of activities that anyone can take part in, and we’ve picked out our top five that are must-do’s this year. Bundle up in your coziest sweater and grab your hot beverage of choice, because this autumn has lots to offer.


  1. Denver Downs – Located in Anderson, (and very hard to miss from the highway), this farm has fun for everyone. A ten-acre corn maze, pumpkin patches, farm animals for petting, and hayrides are only a few of the many attractions featured at this location. If you’re looking for something to do to celebrate the season, Denver Downs is definitely a top pick!
  2. Haunted Attractions – If you’re looking for a way to get your adrenaline pumping, check out some of these spooky spots. Madworld, voted one of the scariest haunted attractions in the nation gives you a terrifying experience you won’t soon forget. You can choose your thrill level and partake in the haunting you feel most comfortable with, as well as experiencing the nightlife with food and live music. Wompus Woods is another haunted attraction that is not for the faint of heart. Based on the legend of the Wompus Monster from the 1900’s, this 30-minute walk through the forest will have you shaking – and not because of the drop in temperature. Greenville offers ghost tours throughout the fall season. The 90-minute haunted walk is given by a trusted paranormal researcher who knows a chilling thing or two about the streets we walk every day. You won’t look at it the same after you hear what Jason Profit has to say!
  3. Apple Picking – As the crisp fall air creeps in, there’s nothing like packing a lunch and taking a drive through the mountains to some of the most beautiful orchards in the Carolinas. Sky Top Orchard, Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard, and Justus Orchard to name a few!
  4. Boo in the Zoo If you love animals and candy, this is the event for you! The Greenville Zoo hosts this special event throughout the exhibits during the last two weekends in October. Everyone is welcome to attend in a costume to enjoy trick-or-treating, character photo opportunities, and a kid-friendly haunted house.
  5. Pumpkintown Festival – Located in Pickens on the second Saturday of every October, this quaint festival has something to offer to everyone. The day starts off with a pumpkin parade and continues with a variety of handcraft vendors, local food, and live music. Bring your favorite lawn chair and enjoy the festivities!

There are so many opportunities to get out and enjoy the fall weather this year, so get together with family and friends and experience the season around the Upstate. You won’t be disappointed!