Many maple trees surrounding Bass Lake in Blowing Rock, N.C., are beginning to shed their leaves, while others are still awaiting the shift to their autumn accoutrements. (Photo by Katie Casella)

Bass Lake boasts views of the Moses Cone Manor from a nearly one-mile trail circling the lake, along with several additional carriage paths for walking, running and horseback riding. The lake is located off U.S. 221 about one mile from downtown Blowing Rock.