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.
As the weather grows cooler, the brisk mountain air paints the leaves of the Blue Ridge Mountains in brilliant reds, yellows, and oranges.
But, when is peak fall color in Asheville, North Carolina? 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!
Biologists predict 2018 will be a colorful year in the Blue Ridge Mountains. They say a warm and wet 2018 has the Asheville area well-positioned for a long and healthy autumn this year!
In addition to the expected colorful leaf show, you won't believe all the new experiences in Asheville this fall, from restaurant openings to outdoor adventures.
Fall color generally begins in late September, with the highest elevations (above 6,000 feet) seeing the change first. During the next six weeks, fall color makes its way down the mountain sides into the valleys and foothills. So, no matter when you visit from late September to early November, there will be an area in or near Asheville experiencing its brightest fall color of the season.
In September, we will begin publishing weekly fall color reports here on this page. You can also sign up to receive those color reports by email.
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.
Check out the photos below of the fall color from last year (2017):
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