It's been cooling off in Western North Carolina, which is why color change has accelerated so rapidly this week. A cold front coming in this weekend will continue to spur things right along.
Peak Color at Highest Elevations
Fall is in full swing up at the highest elevations above 5,500 feet, while elevations above 3500 feet are rapidly approaching peak color. A drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway will ensure stunning fall color, as the road winds up and down through different ranges of elevation.
You’ll find peak fall color at the highest elevations such as Grandfather Mountainand Mount Mitchell. Closer scenic areas such as Craggy Gardens and Mount Pisgah will also be full of vibrant leaf color, nearly peaking but not quite there yet.Graveyard Fields is just about peaking, while Devil's Courthouse and Richland Balsam are at about 50%.
Autumn Experiences in Asheville
Here in downtown Asheville the leaves are at about 20%, with new trees turning every day. Now is a great time to experience the gardens of Biltmore. Dogwoods, Sourwoods, Sumacs and Black Gums are showing a nice crimson red color, while Sugar Maples and Birches display orange and yellow. Check out fall color on a different scale at the NC Arboretum's bonsai garden, or harness into a zipline canopy tour.
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