The Secrets of Fall Color

Asheville is fortunate to have one of the most dramatic displays of fall foliage in the country. Extreme elevations, and more than 100 species of deciduous (leaf shedding) trees, give the Blue Ridge Mountains one of the longest and most vibrant leaf seasons (see what we mean with this cool 3D satellite flyover).

Fall foliage lures many leaf peepers to the mountains to take in the stunning array of colors, but what constitutes a great fall color year, and how do experts predict peak times to see color? Scientists are beginning to unravel the mysteries of fall, and what they've discovered may surprise you.

Fall foliage draws many leaf peepers to the mountains so be sure to book a room now to secure your seat for the big show. Stay up to date with the best hikes, drives and deals with our weekly fall color report. Our Fall Color Hunter keeps you in the know on where to go.

  • Fall Activities

    The unique range of elevations and bio-diversity in the Western North Carolina mountains gives this area one of the longest foliage seasons in the U.S.
  • Drives, Rides and Hikes

    This is a guide to the best scenic fall drives whether you're visiting in early fall (late September to early October), mid-fall (early late October) or late fall (late October to early November).
  • Find a Room In Fall

    Take advantage of your insider knowledge about the long leaf season.

Timelapse: A Progression of Color