Fall color continues to fill the valleys in the Asheville, North Carolina, area of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Color is showing the most at the lower mountain elevations (1,500-2,500 feet). Color in highest elevations (above 3,000 ft) is past peak. Peak color concludes this week at Biltmore and city of Asheville, with Chimney Rock and Lake Lure by next week. The most colorful section of the Parkway right now is the stretch around the city of Asheville and about five miles north of Folk Art Center or south of NC Arboretum, since it is the lowest elevation on the Parkway in our area. Brevard and Hendersonville areas have great color. Hike to waterfalls in DuPont Forest.
Snow is a good bit in the highest elevations tonight, especially at spots like Grandfather Mtn, Craggy Gardens, Mt Pisgah and Mt Mitchell along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The very top of Mt. Mitchell could get several inches of snow. The Parkway may be closed in highest sections on Saturday if significant snow falls. (Call 828-298-0398 for closures.) For most of the mountains, it will be a beautiful sunny fall weekend to enjoy the leaves. More Asheville fall color updates and photos at http://www.romanticasheville.com/fall.htm.