We hope you will enjoy our fall color photo reports! From late September through early November, we will travel the roads of the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina to find the best places to see fall color! Check back every few days for updates. See our Fall Foliage Forecast for peak color times and things to do! Photo at top: Lake Lure on November 3, 2016
November 8, 2016 Update: Our severe drought and dry leaves are creating perfect fire conditions. THANK YOU to the many firefighters working on 20+ forest fires in western NC. The fire in Lake Lure on Rumbling Bald Mtn is growing and the town is evacuating a neighborhood. Another fire in South Mtns State Park has closed trails. Plus, 18 fires in Nantahala Nat Forest burning 9,000 acres so far (550 firefighters there). Some sections of the mountains are 20 inches behind on rainfall. Burning bans cover all counties. Many fog advisories for smoke settling in valleys. Hopefully rain will come soon!
November 3, 2016: The warm morning light makes Chimney Rock glow.
November 3, 2016: Stop at wineries in the Tryon Foothills Wine Country with peak fall color this week. This is Parker-Binns.
November 3, 2016: Peak color time atop Sunset Rock, a very scenic drive from Columbus.
October 27, 2016: Peak color at Lake Junaluska - drive or walk the 4-mile loop around the lake.
October 26, 2016: High Falls in DuPont State Forest is a little low on water due to the drought, but it's still high on beauty.
October 22, 2016: Winter meets fall at Mt Mitchell, covered in rime ice with temps in the 20s. While fall color is gone from highest elevations, the views into the valleys are very colorful!
October 22, 2016: It looks more like Christmastime atop Mt. Mitchell today with rime ice coating everything.
October 22, 2016: Watch our video from atop Mt. Mitchell as winter makes an early (but brief) visit.
October 21, 2016: Rainbow near Mt. Mitchell, shining down on a pot of golden colors. Winter arrived atop Mt. Mitchell today - highs in mid 30s with high winds. Many the first snowflakes of the season later today at the summit!
October 21, 2016: Spectacular views from the Green Knob Overlook (Milepost 350) near Mt. Mitchell - elevation 4,750 feet
October 19, 2016: Sunrise from the Blue Ridge Parkway, Miles River Valley overlook at Milepost 404.5. Our favorite place to watch the sunrise!
October 19, 2016: Another one of the sunrise from the Blue Ridge Parkway.
October 19, 2016: Looking Glass Falls in Pisgah National Forest
October 19, 2016: It's peak color along the Forest Heritage Scenic Byway near Sliding Rock and Cradle of the Forestry.
October 19, 2016: The Walled Garden at Biltmore House is in peak bloom with a kaleidoscope of mums. Read about Biltmore's Fall happenings.
October 18, 2016: The Linn Cove Viaduct in peak color today!
October 18, 2016: Video of fall color on the Blue Ridge Parkway
October 18, 2016: Flat Rock Trail along the Blue Ridge Parkway. This big beauty is not as well known as other nearby hikes, so somewhat of a hidden gem.
October 18, 2016: Mt Mitchell from an overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. After summer temperatures this week, highs will only be in the 30s on Saturday! And perhaps a few snow flurries.
October 18, 2016: Stop at Chestoa View overlook (Milepost 320.8) for a spectacular mountain view.
October 12, 2016: Fabulous fall color is showing along the Cherohala Skyway in Graham County.
October 12, 2016: Hiking across Huckleberry Knob, a grassy bald with 360-degree views along the Cherohala Skyway.
October 12, 2016: The sunrise from atop Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains. Put this experience on your bucket list!
October 11, 2016: The majestic elk are delighting spectators in the meadow beside the Oconaluftee Visitor Center in Cherokee, at the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
October 11, 2016: The view from atop Waterrock Knob, with the Blue Ridge Parkway below.
October 11, 2016: Fall color is finally developing on the highest ridges (about a week later than usual). This is the Blue Ridge Parkway at 5,000 feet, near Waterrock Knob.
October 11, 2016: The best color along the Blue Ridge Parkway is above 4,000 feet in elevation. This is about 5,000 feet elevation near Waterrock Knob.
October 6, 2016: Mums create butterflies flying across the Quilt Garden at the NC Arboretum. Read about their fall things to do and events.
October 6, 2016: The popular hiking spot of Graveyard Fields on the Blue Ridge Parkway is near peak color. The colors are not as vibrant as some years. I suspect the smaller bushes and trees that usually turn bright red were hurt by the drought and simply dropped their leaves. It's still beautiful!
October 6, 2016: We found spots of color along the Blue Ridge Parkway, including this section at the Devil's Courthouse tunnel.
October 6, 2016: Wildflowers frame pops of color on the hillsides near Richland Balsam, the highest point on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
October 5, 2016: We drove the Blue Ridge Parkway north to Craggy Gardens (pic at very top) and Mt. Mitchell. Leaves are still mostly green. The bright red berries of mountain ash cover the slopes at Craggy Gardens. Peak colors at highest elevations still a week away.
October 5, 2016: Fall color is developing in the Craggy Gardens area on the Blue Ridge Parkway!
October 5, 2016: Watch our video from atop Craggy Pinnacle.
October 5, 2016: The view from atop Mt. Mitchell with spotty fall colors below - above the clouds!
September 29, 2016: Wildflowers along the Blue Ridge Parkway provide the most color right now!
September 29, 2016: Lower Falls at Graveyard Fields. Peak color here is about a week away.
September 28, 2016: First fall colors arriving on the Rough Ridge Hike near Grandfather Mountain.
September 28, 2016: Best fall colors are atop Beacon Heights, a fantastic short hike along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Watch the Monarch Butterflies (September 29, 2016)