Fall Color Peaks in Asheville & Western North Carolina

Deep crimsons, vibrant yellows, warm oranges, chocolatey brownswhat are your favorite fall colors? The Western NC Fall Color Photo by Daniel Walker ColeBlue Ridge and Smoky mountains found in the southern Appalachians offer a brilliant patchwork of color during the autumn season.

In fact, 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. No wonder it's so popular!

The fall color peak begins at the high elevations and mountaintops and then slowly creeps downward into the valleys. Mount Mitchell and other peaks usually display their full fall glory in late September, with Asheville peaking in the last couple of weeks of October. The fall colors usually last into the early weeks of November.
Fall Color Reflections Photo by Kim Guice
In last week's fall color report, the higher elevations began to peak, but everything below 4,000 feet was still mostly green. (Just a side note here, but the weekly fall color report gives you the current color trends, where to find them, and some of the best spots to observe the changing foliage. Bring your camera! It's a great resource, so check it out and subscribe.) Biltmore Estate and Chimney Rock State Park have not yet peaked but are about to during these last weeks of October.

If you're interested in more of the science behind the fall color change here in Western North Carolina and a timelapse video clip on the progression of fall colors, click here.

If you're planning to visit Asheville and the surrounding Western North Carolina area, this is the ideal time. The fall colors set against a brilliant blue sky accompanied by crisp mountain air and spectacular views are what lure travelers here year after year. It's best to make book your Western North Carolina accommodations as soon as possible, since it is the peak season. Whether you prefer a luxurious vacation rental, a secluded mountain cabin, or a downtown Asheville condoyou can find it all here, along with a host of amenities to Fall Mountain Colors in Western NC Photo by Denise Knoppelmake your vacation complete.

Fall festivals abound in Western North Carolina this time of year. You can find a full listing of events here. If you're here this weekend, be sure to check out the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands which begins tomorrow in Asheville and runs through Sunday. You'll find over 200 exhibitors, craft demonstrations, live regional music, and so much more.

We hope to see you during our peak season. If you'll be here, let us know. We'd love to hear from you!

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