Weekly Fall Forecast and Color Report

Your official source for the 2014 fall color forecast in Asheville and Western North Carolina

Discover for yourself why Asheville is one of America's favorite places for fall color hunting. The Blue Ridge Mountains experience one of the longest fall color seasons in the world, which means visitors often have the opportunity to catch peak color beginning in late September and extending into early November. Be sure to book a room in advance to catch the big show.

Look out for weekly reports beginning October 2! 

2014 Fall Color Forecast: Experts See Red

Red Leaves in Fall Sunset

According to Dr. Howard S. Neufeld, professor of biology and "fall color guy" at Appalachian State University, red is often the color perceived as the one that makes for a spectacular fall season. And according to Neufeld and other experts, fans of the crimson hue may be in luck.

"Cool, clear sunny days bring on lots of photosynthesis and this makes for brilliant red colors," said Neufeld. "The beginning of the fall season will be punctuated with varying shades of red from maples, sourwoods, dogwoods, black gums and burning bush. The last splash of color will come later with scarlet and red oaks. Red really stands out, even against an already-beautiful fall landscape."

The Secrets of Fall Color

The weather over the next few weeks plays the most important role in fall's color intensity with cool nights and sunny days being the recipe for a bold season.

"For the summer as a whole, Asheville was slightly cooler than average and near average for precipitation," said Jake Crouch, climate scientist at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center in Asheville. "The precipitation is nothing compared to last summer when Asheville had its wettest summer on record. That makes me think we can expect a more vibrant autumn this year." 

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Beginning in October, we will be speaking weekly with local fall foliage experts to report the most current locations where fall color is most prevalent in the mountains. Be sure to bookmark this page for the most current fall updates and advice on the top drives, hikes and deals each week, or sign up for color reports in your email inbox using the form to the left.