Leaf season is just around the corner and it is never too early to start planning your trip to the mountains to witness nature’s colorful spectacle. The Asheville fall foliage of the North Carolina mountains attracts visitors from around the world. With the 5,000-foot elevation change within 50 miles of Asheville, our lush Blue Ridge Mountain range puts on one of the longest-running leaf color displays in the country. The trees start their show as the mountain air starts to cool, in Asheville this tends to happens in October although there are a number of supporting characters (precipitation, temperature, altitude) that determine this annual performance and so pinpointing “the peak” is always hit or miss, but you can always find color somewhere in the mountains. The entire Blue Ridge Parkway is spectacular, nice 45mph drive, some really high places, cliff-dropping curves, lots of pull-offs, broken up by more normal sorts of traveling, all two lanes…one going one way and the other going the other way.
You can also keep an eye on the changes through the links below. Plan early as rooms fill up well in advance. Come for the leaves and enjoy everything else that Asheville and the surrounding mountains have to offer in the autumn. No matter when you plan to visit the Asheville area, you can enjoy a variety of festivals and events featuring great music, art shows and much more in the city and towns of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.