2019 Fall Color Report for the North Carolina Mountains, Week 8

It’s our final week of fall color reports for 2020 and there are still plenty of oranges and reds in the landscape here around Asheville as we head into the late fall season, thanks to Mother Nature delaying the start of the color show this year. And some areas just south of us are at peak now, so even going further into November, leaves will be changing depending on where you go.

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2019 Fall Color Report for the North Carolina Mountains, Week 7

two bicyclists riding on a tree-lined dirt road

It took seven weeks, but it was worth the wait for gorgeous fall color in the Asheville area. Mother Nature took her sweet time and rewarded our patience (OK, we weren’t patient the whole time) with some brilliant fall foliage. Early November peak? Sure, why not!

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2019 Fall Color Report for the North Carolina Mountains, Week 5

View of trees on a hillside looking toward the sky

And just like that, BOOM. Fall color is here. We have only good news to report this week, other than the fact that it is raining today…sunshine tomorrow though! Mother Nature finally decided to brush some serious color onto the fall landscape in the Asheville area. Ready to check out this week’s leaf peeping hot spots?

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2019 Fall Color Report for the North Carolina Mountains, Week 4

Tops of trees with a clear sky in the background

When it comes to leaves on the trees, some early changers fall, some late changers stall… such is typically the case with mid-October in the North Carolina mountains. One difference this year is that the early changing leaves are about a week late. So let’s try to figure out what Mother Nature is thinking during Week 4 of the fall foliage season.

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2019 Fall Color Report for the North Carolina Mountains, Week 3

Week 3 of the fall foliage season in western North Carolina is feeling a lot like the night before Christmas, or the day before you get to see a loved one after several years apart, or the moment before you get served your very favorite dish at your very favorite restaurant. Anticipation is building, something special is coming soon, the hints are there… patience… it’s hard!

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2019 Fall Color Report for the North Carolina Mountains, Week 2

Tree branches with one branch having brightly colored leaves

We’re headed s-l-o-w-l-y into the second week of the Fall season in terms of fall foliage, but there are definitely some hints of color here and there (thank you, sourwood trees). Let’s see where to go daytripping to hunt for some early Fall color and which tree we’re profiling this week!

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2017 Fall Color Report for the NC Mountains: Week 6

Happy Halloween! So it appears that Mother Nature’s foot is back on the fall color accelerator, and Week 6 is officially “Peak Week” in Asheville. We are about a week or so behind, but no complaints! It is gorgeous out there. Time to check out the best places to catch some fall foliage in the North Carolina mountains.

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2017 Fall Color Report for the NC Mountains: Week 5

Well, if Mother Nature took her foot off the gas the past couple of weeks with regard to the changing fall colors, she seems to also be braking a little bit! Contrary to expert predictions at the beginning of the season, we are NOT having an early fall, but rather a late one. With Week 5 upon us, let’s see where the fall color is.

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2017 Fall Color Report for the NC Mountains: Week 4

The weather seems to have gotten back to “Fall normal” as we move through the month of October in the North Carolina mountains around Asheville. Cool nights are back, as are sunny days. And it looks like the color that we do have will be lovely for Week 4 of our fall season.

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2017 Fall Color Report for the NC Mountains: Week 3

Entering mid-October, elevations above 4,500 feet around Asheville sparkle as the tops of the mountains are crowned in gold tones, with orange and red splashes of color as well. It’s Week 3 of the beautiful fall season in western North Carolina and we’re just getting started! Let’s explore!

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