The Major Players
In addition to yellow birches, you will find blazing orange sugar maples, and orange-red sumacs. Red maples generally have the brightest color, ranging from bright red to burgundy. Dogwoods and sourwoods have a rustier shade of red. Wild blueberry leaves have a maroon color. Silver bells, sweet shrubs and spice bushes also display yellow. Mountain ash is a brilliant orange and is producing heavy branches of red fall berries at higher elevations. As you drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway you will notice bright red vines up in the trees and sprawling over rocks and boulders; this is the Virginia creeper at work.
Fall Color in Asheville
The foliage here in Asheville is just beginning and signs of a great foliage season are everywhere. Kimberly Ave.
, running just north of downtown near The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa
, is a beautiful drive that stays within city limits. For a longer drive that stays local, Town Mountain Road and Elk Mountain Scenic Highway
also provide excellent views of fall color. Leaf peepers also share that Interstate 26 headed north is boasting some incredible fall scenic views.
Western North Carolina's wide range of elevation makes for an extended leaf season. Although the highest mountains have had color for weeks, the leaf season is just getting started at lower elevations. The first colors of fall have finally arrived at Hickory Nut Gorge at Chimney Rock Park
as well as DuPont State Forest
, where the season is expected to peak in two weeks and last until mid-November. While the leaves have yet to unleash their full color in these areas, fall wildflowers are coloring the landscape. If you are planning a trip soon, you'll catch pink turtleheads and white snakeroot, as well as goldenrods and asters which continue to display yellow, lavender, and cream.
Fall Harvest Tailgate Flavors of the Week
: At the markets
this week you will find delicious locally grown vegetables such as squashes, broccoli, tomatoes, okra, eggplant, and turnips. You will also find locally raised meats such as pastured pork and lamb, free range chicken, grass fed beef, and farm-raised rainbow trout.Budget Tip
: You don't have to spend a lot of money to have an enriching vacation experience in the Asheville area. In fact, you can enjoy time with your family and friends this fall at many area attractions without spending a penny. For more information, check out our free fall activities