In the North Carolina mountains, it's not a matter of when to find fall color, but where. The brilliant annual show of reds, oranges and golds takes its time, starting at higher elevations like Mount Mitchell, Grandfather Mountain and areas of Great Smoky Mountains National Park in early October. In the weeks that follow, foliage meanders down through Asheville, Brevard and other small mountain towns.

Check in here for fall color updates from state parks and natural areas throughout the mountains. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and share your fall photos using the hashtag #VisitNC.

There are diverse and plentiful locations throughout central North Carolina for seeing fall color. Escape the bustle of the Triangle towns of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill at William B. Umstead State Park. Take a five-mile lakeshore foliage hike at Lake Norman State Park just north of Charlotte. Or enjoy camping, fishing and picnicking surrounded by fall color at Raven Rock State Park.

Check in here for fall color updates from state parks and natural areas throughout the central region. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and share your fall photos using the hashtag #VisitNC.

Take advantage of the mild temperatures, warm water and quiet beaches at the coast during fall. Paddle through foliage that's anything but dull at Dismal Swamp State Park. Take on a deep sea fishing adventure with a charter from the Outer Banks or Wilmington. Or set up camp surrounded by nothing but surf, stars and sand at Hammocks Beach State Park.

Check in here for fall color and activity updates from state parks and natural areas across the coast. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and share your fall photos using the hashtag #VisitNC.

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Oct. 29, 2014 | Raven Rock State Park

Oct. 29, 2014 | Raven Rock State Park

Lillington

With a rain and chill coming to the area this evening, the colors should be stunning this weekend and into the first weeks of November. Click to read more.

Oct. 29, 2014 | Goose Creek State Park

Oct. 29, 2014 | Goose Creek State Park

Washington

The weather is beautiful, the “tunnel” of sweetgums lining the park road are turning a nice shade of red and the river is calm. Click to read more.

Oct. 27, 2014 | Outer Banks Fishing Report

Outer Banks & Currituck

Anglers fishing on the bottom were rewarded with great catches of spot. Citation-sized red drum were landed from the ends of the piers. Click to read more.

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