Fall Color Report for October 27, 2016
Thanks to a late start to the fall foliage season this year, autumn color is bursting in many areas that in years past would have already had their strongest showing. That means Asheville is enjoying an even longer, and later, fall color season than normal, giving you an extended opportunity to see the show well into November.
The autumn colors remain strong at elevations around 3,000 feet with the lower elevations now set to steal the show in the coming days. The rate of change in these lower spots, such as downtown Asheville, is picking up as colder temperatures set in during the mornings and evenings.
While many high elevation areas of the Blue Ridge Parkway have already shown their strongest color, these spots provide the perfect birds-eye view of the changing color along the mountainsides and in the valleys below. For more ideas of how to best enjoy the season, check out our story on the top 10 ways to enjoy fall in the mountains.
The spots set to show their brightest color include the North Carolina Arboretum. The Arboretum’s Clara Curtis says the dark red sourwoods, red dogwoods, yellow/orange witch hazel, red/yellow Japanese maples, and the red/brown oak trees are among the highlights. In other areas, such as Hickory Nut Gap, the golden hues of Walnuts and hickories are bursting onto the scene.
Live Update from Biltmore Estate
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Best and the Brightest
North Carolina Arboretum – From the moment you pull into the Arboretum's parking area filled with sugar maples donning shades of orange, yellow, and red, a fall wonderland is at your fingertips. A network of trails and gardens will help you see the leaves up close.
Biltmore Estate – The colors of the season are quickly transforming the landscape at America’s largest private home. Enjoy beautiful views of the autumn leaves all across the Biltmore Estate, including along the trails to the Lagoon and Bass Pond. Fall flowers such as mums are in beautiful bloom in the Estate’s Walled Garden.
The City of Asheville – Stroll along the streets of downtown or along the charming sidewalks of Biltmore Village for an urban color show perfect for picture taking. In both areas, enjoy shopping at unique boutiques and dining at some of the area’s best restaurants as you take in the sights.
DuPont State Forest – One of the area’s most popular recreation spots is now highlighted with its brightest display of the fall. The explosion of red, yellow and orange has only enhanced the beauty of the Forest’s favorite features such as Hooker Falls, Triple Falls, and High Falls.
Events and Activities
One of the original studio tours in the Asheville area is set for Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30 in the neighboring community of Weaverville. The Weaverville Art Safari is a free, self-guided event where artists open their doors for an exclusive look at the creative process.
In celebration of the fall, Burial Beer Co. is throwing its Burnpile Harvest Fest. The Festival features great bands and more than 20 breweries. The event is hosted at the Burial Tap Room at 40 Collier Ave. The $10 admission includes commemorative glassware.
A different celebration, a Halloween party, is what New Belgium Brewery will host this Saturday. Try the “Race to the Taps,” a four or eight-mile run in the morning. Bike riders will gather at 2:30 p.m. for the “Asheville on Bikes Pumpkin Pedaller,” a family-friendly costumed ride. Or enjoy the “wicked awesome” dance party from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., which will feature costume contests and surprises.
For more Halloween-time fun, experience one of these five spooky or haunted adventures in Asheville. Don’t fear, these are all guided tours, ranging from a ghoulish graveyard exploration to a hilariously hair-raising comedy event.
Experience the excitement of fall and winter holidays at the same time as the Biltmore Estate kicks off its Christmas celebration by raising a 35-foot fraser fir tree in the Banquet Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 2. The public is invited to watch the tree’s arrival at 10 a.m., which is led by Santa himself. Decorations have already begun to go up inside the home as the Christmas at Biltmore event begins Nov. 4 and extends through Jan. 7, 2017.
Top photo by Visit Asheville's Jason Tarr. Drum Circle photo by Morito Suzuki (@mointheusa). Tree on Wall Street photo by Steven Hyatt (steventhyatt). Max Patch photo by Andy Toms (@tomtomoutfitters).