Stay up to date with the best autumn hikes, drives and travel deals in Asheville, North Carolina, with our weekly fall color reports. Our Fall Color Hunter keeps you in the know on where to go.
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. This year, biologists in Western North Carolina believe conditions are on track for a spectacular fall color display throughout Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains, starting in mid-to-late September in the higher elevations (above 6,000 ft.). In the city of Asheville itself, and surrounding lower elevations, colors will be strongest in October depending on conditions. View the complete 2021 fall color forecast here >>.
Check out some of the images that we captured last year during the 2020 fall season in Asheville.
Leave it to the experts to help guide you through the autumn leaf season in Asheville. These guided tours provide an opportunity for private, socially-distanced experience. Choose from guided experiences for photography, history, outdoor adventure, hiking, and wellness. We have a list of guided tours in Asheville on our tours page.
Sit outside among the fall leaves while you savor a meal at one of Asheville's renowned independent restaurants. Our partners at the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association updates an Asheville restaurant list which notes Asheville restaurants with outdoor dining.
For more ideas for fall things to do in Asheville, check out our guide to the top 10 "green" ways to experience fall in Asheville. As you plan your visit, here are five things to know about fall in Asheville.
That's the question many visitors ask us each year. The answer may surprise you!
There is no single peak time for fall color in the Asheville area. That's one of our top 5 things you need to know about fall in Asheville.
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 guide to the science behind fall color to learn more!
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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.
Scroll down to read our weekly report and, during the fall season, to find out what events and activities are happening this week in Asheville.