Fall color in the Asheville, N.C. area 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.
Click and drag the red dot to see where color is changing in Western North Carolina each week this fall. Zoom and drag the map for a more detailed look at where to find fall foliage each week.
*Please note: Dates are estimates only, based on current and past years’ observations and current weather patterns. We cannot guarantee actual dates, and we may adjust this schedule throughout the season.
*Early October through October 12
The first signs of fall begin to appear at the highest elevations (above 6,000 feet). Places to visit at this time:
*October 12 through 16
Fall color is strongest above 5,000 feet in the N.C. mountains. Places to visit this week:
*October 17 through 21
Fall foliage will arrive at elevations between 4,000-5,000 feet. Places to visit this week:
*October 21 through 24
Then, the fall leaf change reaches elevations between 3,000-4,000 feet. This is a great time for a fall drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Many overlooks will provide a great view of fall color taking over the valleys below Places to visit this week:
*October 24- October 27
Elevations between 2,000-3,000 feet, including the city of Asheville, see the strongest fall color. Places to visit this week:
*October 28 through November 4
Fall color hits the lowest valleys and foothills between 1,000-2,000 feet. Places to visit this week:
Last updated: October 29, 2020