If you’re into leaf peeping, it’s not too early to start planning your trip to see the beautiful fall foliage in the North Carolina mountains. Colors are expected to peak in early October.
When it comes to the variety of colors of fall foliage, factors such as elevation, rainfall and plant variety all play into the intensity of the show.
According to Blue Ridge Mountain Life, this year’s fall foliage show in North Carolina will peak at higher elevations as soon as Oct. 1.
Here’s Blue Ridge Mountain Life’s 2018 prediction:
- October 1 – 10: Peak time for areas above 5,000 feet. This would include: Clingmans Dome, Grandfather Mountain, Mount Mitchell, Waterrock Knob and Graveyard fields (the first location on the Parkway to turn) and higher elevations of The Blue Ridge Parkway (between Asheville and Cherokee) and Great Smoky Mountains National Park
- October 10 – 20: Peak time for elevations from 4,000 – 5,000 feet. This would include almost all Blue Ridge Parkway locations and the majority of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as well. Included in this elevation are the Boone and Blowing Rock areas.
- October 18 – 26: Peak time for lower elevations, from 3,000 – 4,000 feet. This would include places like: Pisgah National Forest which includes Sliding Rock and Looking Glass Falls, Dill Falls, Wildcat Falls, and many other waterfalls. Other ares include Linville Gorge, Nantahala Gorge, and Maggie Valley.
- October 24 – 31: Peak time for elevations below 2,000 feet. This would include: The cities of Asheville, Brevard, Waynesville, Cherokee, and many others. Places of interest include Dupont State Forest and Biltmore Estate.
- October 26 – November 8: Peak time for remaining elevations, including Gatlinburg, TN, Chimney Rock NC, Lake Lure and remaining lower elevation mountains. This includes Chimney Rock as well, a great place to see Fall color.