Everything You Need to Know About the Fall Colors of Asheville
Each year the mountains surrounding Asheville put on one of the greatest shows on earth. As fall begins, something magical happens in the trees. It is as if Mother Nature breaks out her paint set and begins to create a spectacular kaleidoscope of colors just for the visitors of Asheville. If you’ve never experienced the fall foliage of the North Carolina Mountains, then this is the year for you to cross an Asheville fall getaway off your bucket list. This week we have everything you need to plan that perfect getaway.
When to visit
While we don’t have a crystal ball, there are historically times that give visitors the best chance of seeing the vibrant fall foliage. In general the best time to see the colors is between late September and early November. While there are several factors that go into the range, length and types of colors you’ll see this is generally, the best time of the year. It is also some of the best weather of the year. Cool temps, low humidity, and clean mountain air. What more could you ask for?
What to expect
The variety of fall colors that you’ll experience in the Asheville mountains range from deep crimsons, vibrant yellows, warm oranges, and earthy browns. Do you have a favorite fall color? Western North Carolina offers one of the longest fall color seasons in the world due to its extreme and varied elevations and its host of deciduous trees (over 120 varieties), making it a leaf-peeper's paradise. This area offers one of the broadest spectrums of color you can find anywhere in the United States.
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Why do the leaves change colors
Have you ever wondered what makes the leaves turn colors? The change of colors each year is one of the true miracles of nature. Here’s how the magic of the fall colors of Asheville occurs.
During the spring and summer, leaves serve as factories creating the energy necessary for the tree's growth. This process takes place within the tree’s leaves. A key element of this process is chlorophyll. Chlorophyll gives the leaves their 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 soon those vibrant colors are revealed. How? As the length of daylight and temperature change the leaves stop making food. The Chlorphyll in the leaves begins to break down the color green disappears, and the vibrant reds, yellows, and orange colors appear.
Fun ways to enjoy the fall foliage
Your Asheville cabin rental puts you in the heart of our beautiful fall foliage. There are lots of different ways to get out and see all the vibrant colors around the Asheville Mountains. Here are a few of our favorite ways to take in all of Mother Nature’s fall colors.
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 the Craggy Gardens Visitor Center, located at milepost 346.6.
2. Take A Hike
There 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.
3. Enjoy a motorcycle ride
If you are a two wheeled enthusiast fall can be a magical time to wander the roads around Asheville. Our roads are well maintained, quiet, and perfect for those slow relaxing rides. Take advantage of the cooler temps and break out the motorcycle one last time before winter sets in. Check out our previous post: Discover the Joy of an Asheville Motorcycle Adventure for more information on great local rides.
4. 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? Any of the trails will give visitors a great view of the fall colors.
5. Take in the view from your vacation home
Want to relax and still take in the view of the best fall foliage in the country? How about watching the beautiful fall colors from the comfort of your back porch? Many of our cabin rentals are located in quiet secluded locations perfect for enjoying a morning cup of coffee while surrounded by the vibrant fall colors. Click here to see our selection of cabin rentals.
Are you ready to plan your fall vacation getaway? If you are, we have a wonderful selection of cabins, condos, and homes to choose from. Give us a call today at 828-274-6978 or click the button below to start planning your Asheville vacation today. We’re sure you’ll fall in love with Asheville and our beautiful fall colors.