Learn the Science and Secrets Behind Fall Color

Weekly Fall Forecast and Color Report

Fall Color Hunting

Peak Color Hits Asheville Area

2014 Fall Color in Downtown AshevilleFall foliage is in peak condition around downtown Asheville.Fall Color on the Blue Ridge ParkwayColor is bright along the lower segments of the Blue Ridge
Parkway this week.

You won't have to travel far to enjoy fall foliage this week as color has spread throughout Asheville. Elevations between 2,000 and 3,000 feet are experiencing the best color, with the majority of leaves now in transition. Many areas above 3,000 feet are past their prime at this point, but with leaves off the trees you can see amazing long-range views of the surrounding mountains.

In Asheville there are a number of great spots to find fall color. Take a drive through the tree-lined streets of Montford, where color is surrounding the beautiful Victorian-era homes of this historic neighborhood. You can also stroll through the Botanical Gardens at Asheville to see over 700 species of plants and trees in their full autumn display. Another prime location this week is Biltmore, which is experiencing brilliant color in the gardens and across the estate.

South of Asheville you'll find color along the overlooks of the Blue Ridge Parkway until you approach Mount Pisgah, which is past peak at this point. The hiking trails of the North Carolina Arboretum and neighboring Bent Creek Experimental Forest are also very colorful this week.

Leaves aren't the only things ready to fall off the trees this time of year. Apples are ripe for the picking, and this scenic road trip through the mountains puts you square in the middle of harvest season. Follow this route to discover a number of pick-your-own adventures, corn mazes, wineries, and outdoor attractions.

An explosion of color

Biltmore Rear View FallTake a hike down to the lagoon at Biltmore for this stunning view.Anyone traveling now through November will be able to find some wonderful fall color through the mid to lower elevations. With a cold snap heading to the mountains this week, trees in the lower elevations will begin to transition quickly. Here's what folks are seeing around the mountains.

At The Omni Grove Park Inn, which sits atop Sunset Mountain, Tracey tells us the mountains are covered with color. "I think we have 2 more weeks before the strong color fades," she said.

From the Biltmore, Parker expects great color to last through the week. He is seeing "good color on sweet gums, red oaks and sugar maples. Hickories, sweet birch and beeches are holding onto the last of their bright yellow leaves to brighten up the woodlands with a few sourwoods still adding bright reddish hues."

Shannon from Chimney Rock State Park says, "the ridges of the Hickory Nut Gorge are still the star of the show, but fall color is trickling down the mountainside. Yellows remain abundant, especially in the hickories that make our area so famous, with the reds of maples and sourwoods adding gorgeous contrast."

2014 Fall Chimney Rock Panorama


Shutterbug Season

Grab your camera and head to Chimney Rock State Park this weekend for a photography workshop led by award-winning photographer, Jeff Miller. He'll guide you through the park's trail system stopping to photograph a 404-foot waterfall, an incredible 75-mile view, and fall foliage, which should be in fantastic shape this weekend.

Halloween Hot Pick

Get to know the spookier side of Asheville with LaZoom's Haunted Comedy Bus Tour. Your guides, Helena Handbasket and Ghoulish Gary share local tales of scandals, deceit, murder and ghosts — punctuated with bawdy bits of humor.