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.

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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…

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…

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April 3, 2015 to December 4, 2015
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Fall Color Report for November 5, 2015

by Fall Color Hunter

Japanese Maple. Photo courtesy of The Biltmore Company. Never fear, leaf-peeping procrastinators, the mountains are still displaying beautiful autumn hues with the best color now reaching into lower elevations around 2,000–2,500 feet in elevation. … read more

Fall Color Report for October 29, 2015

by Fall Color Hunter

Color shines on the rolling hills of Biltmore Estate. Photo by Amanda Green Bottoms. This is Asheville’s week to shine as fall color has descended from the highest elevations to areas around the 2,000–3,000 foot range. Many areas above 3,000 feet are … read more

Fall Color Report for October 22, 2015

by Fall Color Hunter

Color at lower elevations shines near Mount Mitchell. Photo by Appalachian Exposures. The first frosts of the season passed through the mountains this week providing a catalyst for more widespread fall color throughout the mid-range elevations, which … read more

Fall Color Report for October 15, 2015

by Fall Color Hunter

Anyone heading out on a fall color excursion this week will not be disappointed. Fall foliage has reached its peak in the higher elevation (above 5,000 feet) and is now descending into areas between 3,500-4,500 feet. In this mid-elevation range, … read more

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