Couple on the Parkway in Fall

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.

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2015 Fall Color: Winding BRP
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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The Secrets of 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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Downtown Asheville Skyline in Fall
Top 10 Ways to Experience Fall in Asheville

by Jason Tarr
As the weather grows cooler, the brisk mountain air paints the leaves of the forest trees in…

Fall in the Mountains

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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  • Red Fall Leaves at Sunrise
    Asheville, North Carolina, is known for its vibrant fall leaf season, and with the change in weather comes plenty of opportunities for peeping some peak color. Local hotels and inns offer an array of accommodations packages for visitors to truly make
  • Nine Fall Travel Packages For an Amazing AutumnRed Fall Leaves at Sunrise
    Asheville, North Carolina, is known for its vibrant fall leaf season, and with the change in weather comes plenty of opportunities for peeping some peak color. Local hotels and inns offer an array of accommodations packages for visitors to truly make
  • 5 Things You Need to Know About Fall in Asheville5 Things You Need to Know About Fall in Asheville
    Beginning in mid-July, the phone begins to ring at the Asheville Visitor Center with travelers asking about the upcoming fall color season. Will the fall leaf color be "good" this year? When will peak color arrive in Asheville? When should
  • Find a Room During Fall FoliageCherokee River in Fall
    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.
  • Leave the Car Behind: Scenic Fall Drives on MotorcycleMotorcycle on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Fall
    Don’t own a bike? No worries. Gryphon Bikes in nearby Maggie Valley rents Harley-Davidson motorcycles by the day. Gryphon Bikes also offers group customized tours, so get your buddies together and take a ride. Our friends at 
  • Fall Scenic Drives: Early ColorLinn Cove Viaduct in the Fall
    In the early fall, trees begin changing color at the highest elevations surrounding the Asheville area, so head out on these scenic drives in late September and early October. Since peak color changes often, visit our weekly leaf reports to stay
  • Aerial Views of Fall FoliageLake Balloon Picture Big
    With glowing reds and brilliant yellows sprayed across the mountains, fall in Asheville is a season to behold. But for those with just a little bit more adventurous spirit, here’s a suggestion: How about getting the most unique view of the fall
2015 Fall Color: Winding BRP

Fall Color Forecast 2016: Long Leaf Season Ahead

by Fall Color Hunter

According to biologists and climate scientists, Asheville, North Carolina, and the Blue Ridge Mountains could experience an extended fall leaf season, giving travelers fall vacation opportunities from late September through early November. The … read more

LaZoom Haunted Comedy Tour

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

Scenic Fall Drive on the Parkway

Fall Scenic Drives: Mid Color

by Asheville Insider

By mid-October, the fall color is moving down to lower elevations and overall color is at its most brilliant. Since peak color changes often, visit our weekly leaf reports to stay up-to-date on the most colorful foliage. Here are just a few splendid … read more

Fall Color on Charlotte Street

Fall Scenic Drives: Late Color

by Asheville Insider

From late October through early November, lower elevations around the Asheville area still feature stunning color, which you can enjoy on these late-season scenic drives. Since peak color changes often, visit our weekly leaf reports to stay … read more

Monarch - Hop 'n Blueberry Farm

Chasing the Monarch

by Asheville Insider

Shortly before Mother Nature rolls out her annual show of autumn , an equally impressive rite of fall takes place in the mountains just outside of Asheville: the passing of thousands of migrating monarch butterflies winging their way to Mexico. Tour … read more

Navitat Canopy Adventures in Fall

Thrills for Everyone: A Zipline Guide to Asheville

by Shayla Martin

Take in the sites of Asheville from a new perspective – by soaring hundreds of feet above the ground.  From strictly tree-based courses to courses fit for little ones, here’s a guide to the best zipline experiences in Asheville. Go … read more