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.
October 17, 2018: Lunch with a view at Crabtree Falls Picnic Area on the Parkway.
October 17, 2017: Wiseman's View in Pisgah National Forest with epic views of Linville Gorge and Table Rock Mountain.
October 17, 2017: Linville Falls with a little color.
October 17, 2017: Fall colors just starting at the Chestoa View Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
October 15, 2017: Panoramic view from atop Fryingpan Lookout Tower.
October 15, 2017: Sunrise from the Blue Ridge Parkway south of Asheville
October 15, 2017: It's peak color in the Sunburst Falls area along the Forest Heritage Scenic Byway (NC Highway 215) in Haywood County.
October 13, 2017: The Walled Gardens at Biltmore House filled with mums. Read about all the gardens on the estate.
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.
October 11, 2017: Bright yellows stand in contrast to dead hemlocks near Graveyard Fields on the Parkway.
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
October 10, 2017: Peak color is about a week away at Rainbow Falls - a great hike from Gorges State Park.
Video: Roaring Rainbow Falls
October 10, 2017: Silver Run Falls in Nantahala National Forest near Cashiers. Peak color here within the next week.
October 5, 2017: The boardwalk on Rough Ridge takes you through vibrant fall colors.
October 5, 2017: Colorful views atop Rough Ridge. Valley view will peak in 1-2 weeks.
October 5, 2017: Price Lake on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Top color in this area about a week away.
October 5, 2017: Fall leaves and wildflowers near the entrance to Mt Mitchell State Park from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Free to visit!
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.
October 5, 2017: Meet a friendly horse along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Linville Falls.
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.
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!
October 3, 2017: Colors are beginning to pop above 4,500 feet elevation along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Devil's Courthouse.
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.
September 26, 2017: Wildflowers line the Blue Ridge Parkway at one of the overlooks. See our Top 20 Parkway Fall Stops.
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.
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.
September 25, 2017: The southside of Grandfather Mountain is near peak color, along with golden wildflowers along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
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.