Fall Foliage Schedule & Fall Leaf Forecast for Asheville, N.C.
The Asheville area typically experiences one of the longest fall color seasons in the nation because of the wide variety of elevations and biodiversity found in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The first signs of fall show in late September in the higher elevations (above 6,000 ft.) -- these areas are reached by scenic drives of just 30-60 minutes from the city center. In the city of Asheville itself and surrounding lower elevations, colors will be strongest in mid to late October depending on conditions. View the official 2022 Fall Color Forecast here >>
Asheville Fall Color Report – November 3, 2022
The peak of fall in the Asheville area hit the lower elevations this week as temperatures cooled, and the fall season stretches into winter. There are still plenty of spaces to spot some fall color when you visit. A top spot to observe fall color is the Biltmore Estate. Colorful trees still line the roads of the estate, and visitors to the house will see fall foliage and flowers for just a bit longer while wandering through the gardens and landscaping. While the peak has passed in the Linville Gorge, the colors are still stunning, and you will have a wonderful view of yellows and greens along the Linville River. For easier access to fall colors, visitors can take a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway to spots like Hawcreek Overlook or Tanbark Overlook to stop and enjoy the views of the Blue Ridge Mountains from the car. The Fall Color Hunters recommend a trip to Old Fort, where the colors are still shining.
Kat Dellinger: "It's just past peak color in the upper elevations of Linville Gorge, but it's still beautiful. The leaves are red and falling fast with the wind. The yellows and greens are still hanging on towards the Linville River. If your vehicle has enough ground clearance, Wiseman's View off of HWY 105 has one of the easiest walks available to one of the best panoramic views of Table Rock and Hawksbill. If you take a drive up 181 right now, you'll be greeted with all of the fall colors at the Brown Mountain Overlook. The rains are coming this weekend, so get out while you can! Please remember to follow Leave No Trace ethics and stay safe."
Jared Kay: "This has been an unbelievable year for fall foliage. The colors continue to hold strong below 3,000 feet. There is still plenty to see and explore well into the first few weeks of November. Biltmore Estate is an absolute favorite location to experience a pristine autumn landscape unlike any other. The rolling hills and quaint gardens boast a wide variety of tree species, some of which I'm convinced actually appear to glow in their autumn cloak."
Reggie Tidwell: "This week, I really enjoyed meandering through Old Fort. There are lots of little roadside treasures and an abundance of hiking trails. One of my favorite things is moss-covered rocks and fallen leaves together ... so vibrant and [it] invites you to slow down and reflect for a bit. One spot I went was near the new G5 Trail Collective trails in Old Fort off Jarret Creek Road. There was still plenty of color there on Tuesday. What an amazing project and what amazing trails to explore! Though it's past peak, it's a perfect time to take a drive through Old Fort and an even better time to pull over for a hike or mountain bike ride."
Check out some of their photos below and come back for more updates from our other Fall Color Hunters! Don't forget to share your photos on Instagram and tag @visitasheville for a chance to be featured.
The new G5 Collective Trails in Old Fort off Jarrett Creek Road are the perfect way to experience a crisp fall. Photo: Reggie Tidwell / Week of Nov. 3, 2022
Fall colors can be seen at Old Fort. Photo: Reggie Tidwell / Week of November 3, 2022
Fall trees are in full bloom at Biltmore. Photo: Jared Kay/Nov. 1, 2022
There is still plenty of color during the week of November 3 in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Photo: Reggie Tidwell
The sky, mountains and fall colors are a perfect mix for a drive through Old Fort. Photo: Reggie Tidwell / Week of November 3, 2022
The Blue Ridge Mountains in the fall are stunning from the Haw Creek Valley Overlook. Photo: Jared Kay/Nov. 1, 2022
Wiseman's View in the fall. Photo: Kat Dellinger / Week of November 3, 2022
Take a look at Wiseman's View in Linville Gorge. Photo: Kat Dellinger / Week of November 3, 2022
Fall colors explode at Brown Mountain Overlook Photo: Kat Dellinger / Week of November 3, 2022
The beauty of fall on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Photo: Jared Kay/ Nov. 1, 2022
The yellows are gorgeous at Cataloochee Bridge. Photo: Jared Kay/Oct. 26, 2022
The yellow, orange and red colors of fall were in full force here along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Photo: Jared Kay/Oct. 26, 2022
Fall at the Cradle of Forestry. Photo: Rachel Pressley/Oct. 26, 2022
Fall colors on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Photo: Rachel Pressley/Oct. 26, 2022
The fall views in Asheville, NC from the Blue Ridge Mountain. Photo: Kat Dellinger/Oct. 26, 2022
Fall at Grandfather Mountain. Photo: Kat Dellinger/ Oct. 26, 2022
Stunning fall colors can be seen from the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville, NC. Photo: Kat Dellinger/Oct. 26, 2022
Looking Glass Falls in the fall. Photo: Rachel Pressley/Oct. 26, 2022
A picture perfect autumn day along Yellow Gap Road. Photo: Reggie Tidwell.
Looking Glass Rock's fall colors shine in the evening. Oct. 20, 2022, Photo by Reggie Tidwell
Beautiful fall colors can be seen outside of Asheville near Looking Glass Rock. Oct. 20, 2022, Photo by Reggie Tidwell
Fall colors can be seen in downtown Asheville. Oct. 20, 2022, Photo by Reggie Tidwell
Grandfather Mountain on October 17, 2022. Photo by Kat Dellinger.
Colors of fall shine in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Photo by Kat Dellinger. Oct. 17, 2022.
The warmth of fall can be seen here at Black Balsam. Photo by Luke Sutton. 10/13/22
Cowee Mountain Overlook showcases the magnificent colors of fall here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Photo by Luke Sutton. 10/13/22
Colors shine at the East Fork Overlook. Photo by Luke Sutton. 10/13/22
Yellow fall colors create an incredible scene here at the Grandfather Mountain ranger district. Photo by Leslie Restivo. 10/13/22
A stunning look at fall color from Rough Ridge, NC. Photo by Leslie Restivo. 10/13/22
Fall colors can be scene clearly at their peak here at Linn Cove Viaduct. Photo by Leslie Restivo. 10/13/22
View of Grandfather Mountain from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Photo by Leslie Restivo 10/7/22
Wild huckleberries blanket the top of Grandfather Mountain near the swinging bridge. Photo by Leslie Restivo. 10/7/22
A colorful rainbow sweeps across the colorful forest near the Lynn Cove Viaduct off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Photo by Leslie Restivo. 10/7/22
Golden hues greet the rushing waters above Lower Falls at Graveyard Fields. Photo by Luke Sutton. 10/7/22
Sun sets across the Blue Ridge Parkway near Graveyard Fields looking back towards Asheville. Photo by Luke Sutton. 10/7/22
Meet Asheville's Fall Color Hunters -- a group of talented local photographers who have a passion for capturing the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Each week, they'll share updates on when and where to catch the best and brightest fall color in the region, plus local insights on what to expect when visiting Asheville during the fall.
Reggie is the owner of Curve Theory, an award-winning local photography and graphic design firm. He loves Asheville due to its endless scenic beauty. Follow: @curvetheory
Rachel is an Asheville-based photographer and content creator specializing in outdoor, editorial and wedding photography. She spends a lot of her free time traveling and hiking. Follow: @rachelblaireroams
Jared is the founder of Amplified Media, Inc. – a local photography and videography company. Outside of work, he enjoys sunrises, biking and spending time with his wife & son. Follow: @jared_kay
Kat is an amateur photographer and nurse anesthetist near Morganton, NC. She is married with two kids and two vizslas, where she hikes with them as much as possible. Follow: @kitkat.dellinger
Leslie is an outdoor photographer based in Boone, NC. Her photography journey started by capturing moments with her daughter and quickly turned into a career and passion. Follow: @leslie_restivo
Luke is a professional landscape and commercial photographer and adventurer based in Maggie Valley, N.C. He uses photography to communicate a sense of experience with his viewers. Follow: @jeffreylukesutton
Fall Color 101
Check out the following frequently asked questions about the fall season in Asheville and Western North Carolina.
How can I experience fall in Asheville this week?
Fall in the Blue Ridge Mountains goes hand-in-hand with Asheville's craft art culture, and there are plenty of art festivals & events happening in Asheville this weekend:
One of the best ways to explore Asheville during the fall is with a weekday adventure, when you'll find fewer people out and about in town and on the trails. Here are some upcoming events to enjoy next week:
The development of fall color is largely dependent on elevation. Because there is such a wide variety of elevations near town, Asheville enjoys one of the longest and most vibrant fall color seasons in the nation. The timing of the fall color change also depends on the species of trees and plants found in each area. See our interactive fall color map to help guide you for the best fall color.
The color reports will help keep you up to date on where to find the best and the brightest colors during your visit. Even if you're not planning a vacation during fall, you'll find lots of travel inspiration in the form of photos, recommended drives and hikes and fun events and festivals.