Fall Color 2017 Photo Journal

Fall 2017 Photo Journal

Find the best places to see the leaves with our annual fall color photo reports! From late September through early November, we will travel the Blue Ridge Parkway and other roads in the North Carolina mountains to document the color change. See our Fall Foliage Forecast for peak times and things to do. Pic above: Dry Falls near Highlands on October 10th, with almost peak fall color.

Biltmore House Fall Christmas

November 7, 2017: See both fall color and Christmas at Biltmore House!

Biltmore Lake Fall Color

November 2, 2017: The Bass Pond on the Biltmore Estate reflecting the fall leaves.

Fall Snow

October 29, 2017: The first snow of the season added a coating of white on remaining fall colors.

October 29, 2017: Winter arrives with snow at Roan Mountain.

Clingmans Dome

October 25, 2017: Ice coats the few remaining fall leaves atop Clingmans Dome with highs only in the 20s today.

Newfound Gap Road

October 25, 2017: It's peak color along Newfound Gap Road from Cherokee.

Great Smoky Mountains

October 25, 2017: It's peak color time in much of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Douglas Falls

October 24, 2017: Douglas Falls in Pisgah National Forest.

Daniel Ridge Falls

October 23, 2017: Daniel Ridge Falls after the heavy rain - easy hike in Pisgah National Forest.

John Rock Hike

October 23, 2017: John Rock showing colors - a scenic hike in Pisgah National Forest (no rock climbing required). 

Looking Glass Falls

October 23, 2017: Looking Glass Falls with rainbows after heavy rain.

Picnic Parkway Fall Color

October 17, 2017: Lunch with a view at Crabtree Falls Picnic Area on the Parkway.

Wiseman's View

October 17, 2017: Wiseman's View in Pisgah National Forest with epic views of Linville Gorge and Table Rock Mountain.

Linville Falls

October 17, 2017: Linville Falls with a little color.

Chestoa View

October 17, 2017: Fall colors just starting at the Chestoa View Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Fryingpan Lookout Tower

October 15, 2017: Epic fall views from atop Fryingpan Lookout Tower along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Read about this hike.

October 15, 2017: Panoramic view from atop Fryingpan Lookout Tower.

Sunrise Blue Ridge Parkway

October 15, 2017: Sunrise from the Blue Ridge Parkway south of Asheville

Sunburst Falls

October 15, 2017: It's peak color in the Sunburst Falls area along the Forest Heritage Scenic Byway (NC Highway 215) in Haywood County.

Lake Logan, NC

October 15, 2017: Lake Logan along the Forest Heritage National Scenic Byway - NC 215 south of Canton. It's a private lake, but you can see this view from the road.

Fly Fishing NC Mountains

October 15, 2017: Fall is a perfect time for fly fishing in our many mountain streams. Our local guides make it very easy. Read more.

Biltmore Walled Garden

October 13, 2017: The Walled Gardens at Biltmore House filled with mums. Read about all the gardens on the estate.

Blue Ridge Parkway Fall color

October 11, 2017: Great color on the Blue Ridge Parkway at East Fork Overlook at Milepost 418.3. Find great color from Mt Pisgah to Graveyard Fields.

Fall Color Blue Ridge Parkway Oct 11

October 11, 2017: Bright yellows stand in contrast to dead hemlocks near Graveyard Fields on the Parkway.

Dry Falls, NC

October 10, 2017: Walking behind Dry Falls in Nantahala National Forest - with plenty of water after the heavy rains from Nate.

Video: Walking behind Dry Falls

Rainbow Falls

October 10, 2017: Peak color is about a week away at Rainbow Falls - a great hike from Gorges State Park.

Video: Roaring Rainbow Falls

Bridal Veil Falls

October 10, 2017: Roadside Bridal Veil Falls near highlands along Waterfalls Scenic Byway US 64.

Silver Run Falls

October 10, 2017: Silver Run Falls in Nantahala National Forest near Cashiers. Peak color here within the next week.

Rough Ridge Boardwalk Fall Color

October 5, 2017: The boardwalk on Rough Ridge takes you through vibrant fall colors.

Rough Ridge

October 5, 2017: Colorful views atop Rough Ridge. Valley view will peak in 1-2 weeks.

Price Lake

October 5, 2017: Price Lake on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Top color in this area about a week away.

Fall Color Mt Mitchell

October 5, 2017: Fall leaves and wildflowers near the entrance to Mt Mitchell State Park from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Free to visit!

Mt Mitchell Sun

October 5, 2017: The spectacular view from atop Mt. Mitchell's observation deck with colors starting to pop below. While the summit is past peak, the views into the valleys will be colorful for the next 2 weeks.

Monarch Butterfly, Blue Ridge Parkway

October 5, 2017: See the monarch butterflies along the Blue Ridge Parkway en route to Mexico. Read about their migration.

Blue Ridge Parkway

October 5, 2017: Meet a friendly horse along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Linville Falls.

Craggy Gardens Tunnel

October 5, 2017: Many high ridges such as the Craggy Gardens area have weak fall color thanks to extreme weather that stressed the trees. High winds from Irma in mid September were followed by much above temperatures and very dry conditions. So many leaves turned brown or dropped. Southern facing slopes received the most damaged, so sheltered north facing slopes faired much better. Due to the warm weather, most undamaged leaves remain green and are changing slowly. So the valley views from these areas will be colorful in the next couple of weeks. 

Waterrock Knob NC

October 3, 2017: While the ridges atop Waterrock Knob about surrounding areas above 5,500 feet are past peak, it's still beautiful! Breathtaking views all around!

Waterrock Knob Picnic

October 3, 2017: One of our favorite sky-high picnic spots, at Waterrock Knob parking area on the Blue Ridge Parkway. See more top picnic spots.

Blue Ridge Parkway Fall Color
October 3, 2017: Colors are beginning to pop above 4,500 feet elevation along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Devil's Courthouse.

Sunburst Falls

October 3, 2017: Peak color is a few days away at these gorgeous roadside cascades on the West Fork of the Pigeon River, on NC Highway 215 at Sunburst Falls.

Fall Sunrise, Blue Ridge Parkway

September 26, 2017: Watching the sunrise along the Blue Ridge Parkway (Mills River Valley overlook at Milepost 404.5). See our top spots for sunrises and sunsets.

Wildflowers Blue Ridge Mountains

September 26, 2017: Wildflowers line the Blue Ridge Parkway at one of the overlooks. See our Top 20 Parkway Fall Stops.

Fall Graveyard Fields

September 26, 2017: Graveyard Fields is always one of the first places for fall color. This year, it came early and is now past peak. The high winds from Irma on September 11th blew down and damaged many leaves. The ridges at Craggy Gardens are also past peak.

Fall Rough Ridge

September 25, 2017: Fall colors are coming on strong atop Rough Ridge above the Blue Ridge Parkway near Grandfather Mountain. However, most of the slopes are still green.


Grandfather Mountain

September 25, 2017: The southside of Grandfather Mountain is near peak color, along with golden wildflowers along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Apples at Altapass

September 25, 2017: The Orchard at Altapass is a fall favorite stop. Pick apples, dance to mountain music, take a hayride, and buy home jams and fudge. Also see our Apple Orchard Guide.

Craggy Gardens

September 25, 2017: The high ridges at Craggy Gardens just past peak with burnt orange and brown hues. The views into the valley are still very green. This area was also hit with high winds from Irma on September 11th, so many leaves were damaged.

See our Fall 2016 Photos & Fall 2015 Photos.

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