October has begun and with it comes crisp air, changing leaves and a cornucopia of autumnal activities.

Living in Johnson City lends itself to many unique fall-themed events as well as the overwhelming beauty of the colorful Appalachian Mountains.

We’re taking a look at just a few of the fun activities you can expect around ETSU this season. So sit back, relax and get into the fall spirit.

What sets Johnson City apart during the fall is the beautiful backdrop of the mountains and their changing colors. And there are plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy that beauty firsthand. Buffalo Mountain, only a 15 minute drive from campus, offers scenic views that students often take advantage of.

Aside from Buffalo, there are several other popular hiking spots nearby, such as Roan Mountain, and a myriad of shorter hiking trails. Whatever your hiking experience level may be, there’s bound to be something for you.

Some of the most iconic southern fall traditions are hay rides, corn mazes and pumpkin picking. Fender’s Farm, located in nearby Jonesborough, offers all three. Or, if you’re in the mood for a scare, buy a ticket for their haunted hayride. While you’re there, make sure to stop by the concession stand to pick up some hot apple cider and funnel cake.

Historic Downtown Jonesborough features several fall festivals and the traditional small-town atmosphere.

Here you will find local shops, seasonal decor and great eats. They will also be hosting their 44th annual National Storytelling Festival from Oct. 7-9 this year.

Other nearby fall festivals include the Unicoi County Apple Festival on Oct. 7-8 and the Shady Valley Cranberry Festival on Oct. 14-15. Here you will find crafts, exhibits, music and of course some more delicious food.

In the meantime, don’t forget to be planning your Halloween costume. ETSU’s Residence Hall Association will host its annual haunted house again this year and the Johnson City Community Theater will present everyone’s favorite classic Halloween event, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” from Oct. 28-31.

Or you could just curl up at home with a nice cup of cider and watch some football with friends. Whether you are outside hiking, navigating a corn maze or eating caramel apples at a festival, make sure to get out and enjoy the beautiful fall weather and snap a few pictures of those gorgeous leaves.