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Fall in Asheville

Fall in Asheville

Asheville is fortunate to have one of the most dramatic displays of fall foliage in the country. Extreme elevations, and more than 100 species of deciduous trees, give the Blue Ridge Mountains one of the longest and most vibrant leaf seasons. Plan your visit now with the help our weekly fall color report.

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Fall Colors in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Fall Colors in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Cool mountain air is starting to ignite 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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5 Haunted Tours in Asheville, N.C.

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Tours & Celebrations to Give You Goosebumps... All Year Round 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 … read more

Fall Scenic Drives: Middle to Low Elevations

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Fall Scenic Drives: Late Season Color

Fall Scenic Drives: Late Season Color

From late October to early November (varies slightly each year), lower elevations around the Asheville area feature stunning color, which you can enjoy on these late-season scenic drives. Since the color changes happen often, visit our weekly leaf … read more

Where to See the Monarch Butterfly Migration in Asheville

Where to See the Monarch Butterfly Migration in Asheville

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Apple Picking Near Asheville, N.C.

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