The majority of trees are still a Summery green this second week of Autumn at our elevation (2,300 feet) and location near Black Mountain, NC. On our drive around Asheville today, we noticed some trees are starting to lighten up a little, and there are a handful of colorful standouts scattered throughout Pisgah National Forest. We had quite a bit of rain last week, but sunny skies and cool, dry weather are in the forecast, which is typically good for bringing out fall leaf color in October.
We were excited to learn that Chimney Rock Park recently reopened a portion of the Skyline Trail to a point fittingly called Exclamation Point, a little over a half mile from the Chimney. Exclamation Point is at an elevation of 2,480 feet and is the highest point in Chimney Rock Park, even higher than the Chimney. The trail is still closed to the top of the beautiful Hickory Nut Falls as work continues to improve the trail.