NC Fall Foliage Reports and Updates
NC fall foliage reports and updates at Travel NC. The trees remain mostly green in the mountains of NC as expected for late September. The weather has been rather warm with little chance of an early frost in the forecast. There is some color starting to show in the dogwood trees with a hint of red. Some maples trees have started to turn a little gold. This early color change is more than likely related to the dry weather and not from the true fall foliage color change related to colder temperatures.
Typically the start of the fall foliage color change in Western NC will start to take place in about a week or so in the highest elevations – those mountain areas north of Asheville and in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In about a week to 10 days look for the color show to begin in the elevations above 5,000 ft such as Clingmans Dome, Mt. LeConte, Cataloochee and Newfound Gap Road in the Great Smoky Mountains. Grandfather Mountain and the Boone area will start to show color in the highest elevations as well as Mount Mitchell, Craggy Gardens, and Rough Ridge along the Blue Ridge Parkway in about a week to 10 days.
See Travel NC Fall Colors for all the information about when and where to see the fall colors throughout the state including the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Asheville, Boone, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Chimney Rock, Cashiers and more. Depending on the elevation when and where is the key to viewing the fall colors at their peak. The mountains of NC vary in elevation. Find out the best places to go at the best times during October at Travel NC Fall Colors. Its time now to make those travel plans!