Happy September! If you’re as excited as we are about fall, you might be wondering when and where the fall color will be the best and brightest this leaf season. The tourism office is working with biologists and fall foliage experts around Western North Carolina for our weekly color reports, starting September 15. Bookmark this page and check back soon for a complete leaf color forecast for the mountains. Here’s a taste of what to expect -- Biltmore’s Director of Horticulture Parker Andes gave us his expert insight on the upcoming autumn in Asheville.
One indicator of a strong leaf season to come is healthy trees with lots of leaves. The mountains of Western North Carolina received plenty of rain towards the end of the summer. “With cooler weather moving in this first week of September and with clear weather,” Parker notes, “the fall seems to be setting up nicely.” Dogwood and Hawthorn berries should be more colorful this year, after the great spring bloom we had. Red oaks in particular seem quite full in Asheville, especially around Biltmore Estate where they will be among the last leaves to turn around late October through early November.
Fall Color Begins Soon at Highest Elevations
Of course you don’t have to wait that long to see fall color with the highest peaks east of the Mississippi River just outside of town. Fall’s spectacular color show will begin in just a few weeks at Mount Mitchell, Grandfather Mountain and Craggy Gardens. In early October, look for brilliant foliage at Mount Pisgah, Graveyard Fields, Black Balsam Knob, Waterrock Knob and the Devil’s Courthouse.
Continue reading this fall color forecast on ExploreAsheville.com.