Fall Foliage Forecast and NC Mountain Color Guide


Fall Color on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville

Fall color this year in the North Carolina mountains is looking great! We’ve had good rains this summer, so the trees are very healthy. See our week-by-week fall foliage color forecast  to plan your trip to see the fall leaf color show in the Blue Ridge Mountains and Great Smoky Mountains near Asheville. There are many great fall events as well. Peak color in the higher elevations (like Mt. Mitchell and highest sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway) will be in early October. Most of the mountains will have peak color during the last two weeks of October. The color show ends in the lower elevations, including Biltmore Estate and Chimney Rock in late October and early November. See fall photos from last year!

The best way to enjoy nature’s color show is to take a hike in the mountains or visit one of the North Carolina waterfalls near Asheville. Or take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway or through the Pisgah National Forest or Nantahala National Forest. Take a zip line canopy tour or raft down a river.

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