“So far, the region’s weather pattern suggests that Western North Carolina will be a premier destination for viewing incredible displays of fall color. Many areas received a cool spring and ample moisture through July. Since then, the area has been in a fairly dry pattern which is potentially very beneficial for striking autumn color.” –Ron Lance, Naturalist, Chimney Rock Park
“Our area has not experienced severe drought which often causes trees to lose their leaves prematurely. Yellow poplar trees should retain their leaves longer this year and show more vibrant color on the slopes. If the weather continues to cooperate, bright red leaves will pop alongside the orange and yellow, a combination that gives us our more memorable fall color displays.” –Dr. Howard Neufeld, Professor of Biology, Appalachian State University
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“In the Asheville area, maples, gum trees and sourwoods still have good strong leaves. We can expect those trees to shine this year. Sourwoods and dogwoods will lead the color in early October, with black gum and then maples providing peak color later in the month. Red oaks also look healthy and tend to show their best color closer to the end of October and into November, setting us up for a long and lively color season.” –Parker Andes, Director of Horticulture, Biltmore
Also, check out some seasonal savings to enjoy all the orange, yellow and red without spending all your green:
- Fall Travel Packages: Customized waterfall tours, zipping through the fall canopy, one-on-one sessions with local artists and Blue Ridge Parkway gourmet picnic packages
- New! Combo Tour Deals
- Fall Deal of the Day: The Asheville Concierge offers exclusive daily deals on accommodations and attractions
- Timing: Travelers are surprised to learn that there isn’t one specific week for peak fall color in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Extreme elevation variations and more than 100 species of leaf-shedding trees combine to give the region a uniquely long and colorful foliage season. Once the colors begin to change at the highest elevations in late-September/early-October, travelers can generally find sweeping views of fall color, as long as they know where to go.
- Weekly Fall Color Reports: To help visitors locate where the autumn color is best and brightest from week-to-week, the tourism office is working with park officials, attractions and biologists around the region to compile weekly fall color reports for the mountains of Western North Carolina at FallintheMountains.com.
- New! Smartphone Optimized Scenic Drives: Stop by the Asheville Visitors Center for exclusive area drives, designed specifically for travelers on the go and selected weekly to showcase the best fall color.
- Follow the Color Hunter: Asheville’s fall color experts will also be tweeting up-to-the-minute color updates, travel tips and deals at @FallColorHunter on Twitter.