Discover the Spectacular Fall Colors of Asheville
Every year in the mountains in and around Asheville something magical happens. It has taken place for thousands of years, but each year is unique and beautiful in its own way. Yes, we are talking about the magnificent changing of the colors of the leaves. If you've never had the chance to see the fall colors of Asheville, then you're in for a treat as we explore the fall colors of the North Carolina mountains in this week's blog.
Why Do The Colors Change
Before we go any further, let's talk a minute about how trees change their colors. It is truly one of those magical events of nature, but you may be wondering how it happens. Luckily, we have the answer. During the spring and summer, leaves serve as factories where most of the foods necessary for the tree's growth are manufactured. This food-making process takes place in the leaf in numerous cells containing chlorophyll which gives the leaf its green color. Along with the green pigment are yellow to orange pigments. Most of the year these colors are masked by great amounts of green coloring.But in the fall, because of changes in the length of daylight and changes in temperature, the leaves stop their food-making process. The chlorophyll in the leaves breaks down, the green color disappears, and the yellow to orange colors become visible and give the leaves part of their fall splendor.
Weather Effect Colors
Temperature, light, and water supply have an influence on the degree and the duration of fall color. Low temperatures above freezing will favor anthocyanin formation producing bright reds in maples. However, early frost will weaken the brilliant red color. Rainy and/or overcast days tend to increase the intensity of fall colors. The best time to enjoy the autumn color would be on a clear, dry, and cool (not freezing) day.
When Are The Colors At Their Peak?
Colors don't peak all at the same time. The fact is that the colors change mainly based on the elevation of the tree. In September, usually, the trees begin to turn at the higher elevations like on Mt. Mitchell. As the season continues the color change occurs affecting the lower elevations. Think of it like the colors are washing down the mountains.
Three Great Ways To See The Fall Colors
Now that you know the how and the why, its time to book your Asheville vacation and see our famous fall colors. But what is the best way to see the colors? We are glad you asked? Here are three great ways to see the fall foliage during your Asheville fall vacation.
1. Drive The Blue Ridge Parkway
You don't have to be able to hike to enjoy the fall foliage. One great way to see the colors is to enjoy a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. With spectacular vistas and changes in altitude, the parkway gives riders a great vantage of the fall colors. A long-time favorite of motorcyclists, this is a drive everyone needs to do at least once. So add it to your bucket list today. One of our favorite stops is about nineteen miles up the parkway at milepost 346.6. The stop is called the Craggy Gardens Visitor Center.
2. Take A HikeThere is no doubt that the best way to see the fall colors is to get out the hiking boots and head into the mountains surrounding Asheville. There are loads of great hikes within minutes of Asheville. Some hikes are very challenging, and others are easy. Some even include waterfalls and other interesting features of the land. If looking for more information on hikes click here.
3. Biltmore Estate
Visiting the Biltmore Estate is a wonderful way to take in the fall foliage all while exploring the exquisite grounds of Biltmore. Did you know that the Biltmore Estate has over twenty miles of hiking trails for your enjoyment? Anyone of the trails will over visitors a great view of the fall colors.
Are you ready to explore the fall colors of Asheville? We have a fantastic inventory of vacation homes to choose from that will give you spectacular views of the fall colors. Give us a call today at 888-861-9487 or click on the button below to see all of our vacation homes and book your vacation today.
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