As summer wanes, cool mountain air ignites a colorful patchwork of autumn hues across the Blue Ridge Mountains. Whether you choose to hike among fall foliage in search of stunning vistas, take a scenic drive through multi-colored forests, or celebrate the harvest with pumpkin fests, corn mazes, and cups of warm apple cider, you’ll soon come to understand why this season lures leaf peepers back to Asheville year after year.

Seeking the peak? Thanks to the region’s rich bio-diversity and wide range of elevations, Asheville has one of the longest fall foliage seasons in the country. While fall color hunters do have extra time to see peak color, accommodations fill quickly. Reservations should be made as soon as possible.

The Science Behind Fall Color

Fall color like you’ve never seen it. Cool mountain flyovers, time-lapse skyscapes, and the unsolved mystery of why leaves turn red help provide clues to the…

fall color reports
Weekly Fall Color Reports

Each week during the fall season, our color hunters and foliage experts report on where to find the best and the brightest. Tune in for the top hikes, deals and…

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Blue Ridge Parkway Hike of the Week

October 13, 2015 to October 13, 2015
Cost: Free

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For a Spooky Good Time: 5 Haunted Adventures

by Cat Kessler

A city that has as much history as Asheville is sure to have a few mysteries, and exploring the unknown can sometimes lead down strange and even spooky paths. But do not fear! All of Asheville's haunted and mysterious adventures are fully guided. … read more

Fall Color Report for October 8, 2015

by Fall Color Hunter

A colorful view from Rough Ridge (milepost 302.8 on the Blue Ridge Parkway). Photo by Robert Stevens. The significant rainfall has finally passed us by and we’ve returned to our normal weather patterns of warm sunny days and cool nights, which are … read more

Fall Color Report for October 1, 2015

by Fall Color Hunter

Colorful leaves light up MacRae Meadows at Grandfather Mountain. Photo by Skip Sickler and courtesy of Grandfather Mountain. What a difference a week makes. Last Thursday, our fall color hunters reported early patches of color in areas that don’t … read more

Find a Room During Fall Foliage

by Asheville Insider

Getting a room at an Asheville area hotel or bed & breakfast can be quite difficult in the fall. Here are a few tips to make sure you have somewhere to lay your head after a long day of leaf peeping. Book your room before coming to town. Don’t assume … read more

Down on the Farm

by Asheville Insider

Family farms abound in and around Asheville—and Fairview's bucolic Hickory Nut Gap is as family as they come. Both Hickory Nut Gap and the adjacent Flying Cloud Farms sit on land settled in 1916 by Jim and Elizabeth McClure. Five generations of their … read more