Leaf Season in the Mountains

Leaf Season in the Mountains
Leaf Season in the Blue Ridge Mountains draws thousands of visitors to our part of the Southeast every year, and for good reason! The lush green rolling mountains of Summer slowly tint to the hot, bright colors of Fall, and the season here is longer than anywhere else in the country. Indeed, beginning in September and going until the middle of November, Leaf Season in Western North Carolina is truly a sight to behold.
Where's the show?
The color show begins in the highest elevations surrounding Asheville, NC and it slowly works its way down to the lowest elevations over the course of 2 months. Around the beginning of October, leaf peepers should head to the areas at 5,000 feet elevation. Mount Mitchell, Grandfather Mountain, Graveyard Fields - these are just a few of the locations that will show off the best color.
Around Mid-October, the color shift will start to move down toward the 4,000 foot elevation areas, like Mount Pisgah, Devil's Courthouse, and the town of Cashiers. Head Southwest from Asheville on the Blue Ridge Parkway and bring your camera, because the color show has begun!
Shortly after Mid-October, we'll start to see some changes in the 3,000 foot elevation regions. Basically, all the best hikes that surround Asheville will have a show for you to see - head to Looking Glass Rock or Cradle of Forestry to experience the magic.
By the end of October, Asheville and surrounding areas at 2,000 foot elevation will be in full color swing. This is the best time to head over to the Biltmore Estate to soak in the views from the rear balcony of the House, or hike some of the well manicured trails that wind around the grounds. This is also a great time to explore all that the NC Arboretum has to offer!
When November arrives, the color change will have begun moving to the foothills and lower elevation points in the area. This is a great time to visit Chimney Rock, Lake Lure, and Polk County for Tryon Foothills Wine Country. Indeed, one of our favorite ways to close out the Fall Season and celebrate the arrive of the winter is to kayak on Lake Lure, hike Hickory Nut Gorge, and revel in the natural beauty that surrounds us.
To begin planning your Leaf Season trip to the mountains, contact Carolina Mornings at (877) 902-9441. A professional Vacation Planner will help secure your vacation rental accommodations, your Biltmore Estate ticket, and your outdoor adventures such as ziplining and whitewater rafting (included with every Carolina Mornings rental!).
By: Dana Carrico

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