NC Mountains Fall Color 2014

NC Mountains Fall Color Photo Journal 2014

To help plan your fall vacation this year, see our weekly photo reports of fall color in 2014 (so you can see where peak color occurs throughout October) from the surrounding North Carolina mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway. For more about the progression of the color show and a complete guide for where to see the best color, see our Fall Color Forecast & Guide. Each location below has a full page guide with more info - just click the photos for more info!

Rough Ridge
September 28, 2014: Hiking the Tanawha Trail on Rough Ridge. Fall color always arrives here first, and it was a little earlier than usual.

Blue Ridge Parkway NC
September 28, 2014: Grandfather Mountain from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Also see our Fall Photo Tour of the Parkway.

Sam Knob NC
October 4, 2014: Meadow of wildflowers along hike to Sam Knob.

Graveyard Fields
October 4, 2014: Graveyard Fields along the Blue Ridge Parkway, with great hiking to waterfalls in this mile-high meadow.

Fall Leaves
October 13, 2014: Nature's beauty along one of our Top 60 Hikes near Asheville.

Crabtree Falls NC
October 13, 2014: The hike to Crabtree Falls along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Roaring Fork Creek Falls
October 13, 2014: Roaring Fork Creek Falls near the Parkway is an easy hike at the foot of Mt. Mitchell.

Linville Falls
October 13, 2014: Hike to several overlooks at Linville Falls. Also see our Photo Tour: Waterfalls in Fall.

Toxaway Falls NC
October 15, 2014: Toxaway Falls on US Highway 64 - the view from the highway!

Dry Falls NC
October 15, 2014: Dry Falls in Nantahala National Forest after a big rain

Biltmore Estate Fall Gardens
October 20, 2014: The Walled Garden at Biltmore Estate is full of color all month.

Linville Gorge NC
October 22, 2014: The spectacular view from atop Hawksbill Mountain overlooking the Linville Gorge.

Linville Gorge
October 22, 2014: View of Linville Gorge from atop Hawksbill Mountain - looking toward Table Rock (peak on left)

Chimney Rock Fall
October 27, 2014: Chimney Rock with peak color at the top of the ridge.

Lake Lure
October 27, 2014: Lake Lure, peak color is a few days away

Biltmore House Fall
October 28, 2014: Biltmore House with peak fall color this week.

Biltmore House
November 1, 2014: What a difference a few days make. Looking like Christmas at Biltmore.

Blue Ridge Parkway Snow
November 1, 2014: Blue Ridge Parkway Tunnel (See more "winter meets fall" photos.)

Looking for more ideas of great places to see fall color? See our Top 10 Fall Color Spots Photo Tour.

Fall Things to Do

Fall Color Show
Fall Foliage Forecast
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
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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