Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year here in NC Mountains. Discover for yourself why the High Country is a great place for viewing the fall colors. The Blue Ridge Mountains experience one of the longest fall color seasons in the world, which means visitors often have the opportunity to catch peak color beginning in late September and extending into early November.
The High County Host has put together this NC High Country Fall Color Guide. Click HERE for leave color updates, maps for drives, rides, and routes for Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Watauga, Wilkes Counties.
Fall is a great time to visit Western North Carolina to view leaves adorned in brilliant reds, oranges and yellows. When temperatures cool in autumn, chlorophyll starts to degrade allowing the hidden pigments of deciduous trees to provide a rich, colorful display. This rich display often starts at the highest elevation in late September and early October, gradually progressing to the lowest elevation by late October and early November. Peak season occurs around mid-October.
At high-elevation, above 4500 feet, red, crimson and orange colors are displayed among the sugar maples and mountain maples, yellow hues are displayed with beech and yellow birch, and red displayed with serviceberry, red oak and high-bush blueberry leaves as well as mountain ash berries. Fall flowering species at these elevations include yellows from skunk goldenrod and roan goldenrod, blues from wavy-leaved aster and eastern ague weed, and white wood aster. Red spruce, Fraser fir and Catawba rhododendron provide a backdrop of green evergreen foliage within many of the high-elevation areas.
As we watch leaves fluttering to the ground in the fall, we are reminded that nature's cycles are mirrored in our lives. Autumn is a time for letting go and releasing things that have been a burden.
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