NC Mountain Fall Color Reports

NC Mountain Fall Photos 2015

Watch the progression of the fall color in the western North Carolina mountains near Asheville with our frequent reports and photos of best places to see the leaves - including much of the Blue Ridge Parkway. We will update this page throughout leaf season, so check back. Also see our up-to-date Fall Foliage Forecast for peak color times and our big list of Top Fall Events & Festivals.

Hickory Nut Falls
October 29, 2015: Hickory Nut Falls at Chimney Rock State Park

Lake Lure Fall Color
October 29, 2015: Lake Lure in peak fall color

October 28, 2015: Watch our video of the roaring waterfalls and peak fall color at South Mountains State Park today.

Fall Color Waterfalls
October 20, 2015: Waterfall hunting in Pisgah National Forest: Log Hollow Falls and Looking Glass Falls. Peak fall color in this area of the Forest Heritage Scenic Byway (our top pick for scenic drives this weekend!).

NC Mountains Fall Wildflowers
October 20, 2015: Don't forget to look down at all the fall wildflowers! This upcoming weekend, the best fall color will be in the 3,000-4,000 elevation range.

Cathey's Creek Falls
October 20, 2015: Cathey's Creek Falls in Pisgah National Forest

Fall Color NC Mountains
October 19, 2015: Left, Upper Whitewater Falls nears peak color. Right, Take a fall boat ride on beautiful Lake Glenville near Cashiers. Great color today between Brevard and Cashiers along scenic Highway US 64, the Waterfalls Byway.

Fall Color on Parkway
October 14, 2015: Early morning sun warms up the colors along the Blue Ridge Parkway north of Mt. Mitchell. Remember, the best lighting for photos is very early or very late in the day.

Table Rock Fall Color
October 14, 2015: Table Rock summit overlooking Linville Gorge. What a hike!

Upper Creek Falls
October 14, 2015: Peak color at Upper Creek Falls in Pisgah National Forest

Fall Color in the Great Smoky Mountains
October 13, 2015: Fall color in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Newfound Gap. Leaves are still mostly green along much of Newfound Gap Road from Cherokee, with best color above 4,000 feet.

Clingman's Dome Fall
October 13, 2015: On top of the world at the observation tower atop Clingman's Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Great Smoky Mountains River

Fall colors in Biltmore Garden
October 9, 2015: Fall colors in the Walled Garden at Biltmore Estate. Read about fall happenings at Biltmore.

Soco Falls NC
October 8, 2015: Soco Falls near Cherokee and Maggie Valley

Fall color on Blue Ridge Parkway
October 8, 2015: Great color developing near Looking Glass Rock.

Sunrise on the Blue Ridge Parkway
October 8, 2015: Sunrise on the Blue Ridge Parkway! Where? Get up early and head south to the Mills River Overlook (MP 404.5) near Mt Pisgah. Bring breakfast and coffee to tailgate while you watch the color show (best before sun appears).

Fall Color Blue Ridge Parkway Looking Glass
October 8, 2015 Report: In the last two days, we drove 150 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway! Best color is now in elevations of 3,500-5,000 feet. Highest ridges (like Craggy Gardens, Graveyard Fields and Waterrock Knob) are past peak - but still plenty of color to come in the valley views from these areas. Most of the leaves along the Parkway are still green. Best color was near Looking Glass Rock (pic), Linville Falls and in the Devil's Courthouse area.

Fall Color on Blue Ridge Parkway
October 8, 2015: Great fall color is developing south of Richland Balsam area.

Linville Falls NC
October 7, 2015: Fall color has progressed slowly during the past week with all of the clouds and rain. Best colors remain at the highest elevations (above 4,500 feet). Colors are developing in the Linville Falls area (pic) and are near peak at the highest sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway (like Mt. Mitchell and Grandfather Mountain).

Linville Falls NC
October 7, 2015: Fall color at Linville Falls is just beginning.

Chestoa View
October 7, 2015: The Chestoa View Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway - a must stop!

Orchard at Altapass
October 7, 2015: Pick up your apples (and jams, fudge, etc) at the Orchard at Altapass on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Peak color here is about a week away.

Craggy Gardens

October 2, 2015: Looking Glass Falls flows big after heavy rain.

October 2, 2015: High Falls in DuPont State Forest flowing big after the rain. Fall color just beginning - peak color in 2 weeks.

October 2, 2015: Our waterfall report and storm update on FOX8 News in central NC.

Parkway Fall Tunnel
October 1, 2015 Report: Today, we traveled from Asheville to Mt. Mitchell on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Despite areas of low clouds and fog with limited views, we arrived at Craggy Gardens above the clouds! It's peak color atop the summits at Craggy, but leaves are still mostly green on the Parkway near the picnic area turnoff. So there'll be good color in this area (and valley views) for 1-2 weeks at least.

Fall on Blue Ridge Parkway
October 1, 2015: Looking north along the Blue Ridge Parkway. This and the photo at the very top of the page is from stop Craggy Pinnacle (great hike!).

Fall on the Blue Ridge Parkway NC
October 1, 2015: A misty day richens the fall colors along the Blue Ridge Parkway at Craggy Gardens.

Fall leaves
October 1, 2015: Don't forget to look down!

Graveyard Fields

September 30, 2015 Report: Enjoyed lots of great color and even some sun today on our trip south on the Blue Ridge Parkway from Asheville. Discovered near peak color at Graveyard Fields (always the first place to peak). Color is still running about a week early, but the turn is slowing down with recent rain and clouds. Nice color sections on the Parkway above 5,000 feet elevation (past Mt Pisgah). Peak color for the next week at highest elevations. See pics and video below. Heads up: Heavy rain is expected this Friday and Saturday with possible flooding. So if you plan a trip this weekend, keep a watch on the weather forecast. If you plan to camp, you should reschedule or get a room. Check out our Rainy Day things to do.

Waterfall at Graveyard Fields
September 30, 2015: Lower Falls at Graveyard Fields.

Fall Color along Blue Ridge Parkway
September 30, 2015: Highest ridges showing great color along the Blue Ridge Parkway south of Asheville (Graveyard Fields area).

Blue Ridge Parkway Tunnel Fall Color
September 30, 2015: A Blue Ridge Parkway tunnel frames the fall color.

September 30, 2015: Fall Color Report live on FOX 8 News

Bubbling Spring Branch Falls
September 30, 2015: Bubbling Spring Branch Falls along NC Highway 215

Fall River NC Mountains
September 30, 2015: Along the Forest Heritage Scenic Byway (NC Highway 215)

September 28, 2015: Watch our news feature about our addiction to fall color.

Blue Ridge Parkway Grandfather Mountain Fall
September 23, 2015: Brilliant colors begin to show on the slopes of Grandfather Mountain, about a week earlier than usual - taken from the Beacon Heights overlook. We adjusted our Fall Foliage Forecast by just a few days to show the anticipated progression of colors through October. Peak color at highest elevations will be late next week. The color will slowly progress down to the valleys (and city of Asheville), ending in the lowest elevations the last week of October. See our Fall Foliage Forecast for more.

Fall on Blue Ridge Parkway
September 23, 2015: Fall colors popping along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Grandfather Mountain

Rough Ridge Hike NC Fall
September 23, 2015: The Rough Ridge hike along the Blue Ridge Parkway always has the first brilliant colors - and fall color is about a week ahead of usual.

Rough Ridge Fall Color
September 23, 2015: The rocky, sunny slopes of Rough Ridge creates the perfect spot for early fall colors.

Grandfather Mountain Swinging Bridge Fall
September 23, 2015: The Swinging Bridge at Grandfather Mountain with fall wildflowers and leaves.

Fall at Graveyard Fields
September 22, 2015: Plenty of color already at Graveyard Fields - another spot that always has early color on the Parkway. Photo by reader Niloban M.

September 22, 2015: Watch Mark talk about fall color on FOX8 News


Fall Color Show
Fall Leaf Color Show
The Asheville area has one of longest lasting fall color shows in the country. Fall foliage begins to change in the highest elevations in early October and finishes in the lowest valleys in early November. See our week-by-week color prediction and plenty of photos.
Fall Events in Asheville
Best 40 Fall Festivals & Events
September & October: Enjoy the cooler days of autumn with the changing colors with a big variety of events and festivals. And see our fall color foliage forecast for the best places to see the changing leaves.

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