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. 23, 2014 | Avery County

Oct. 23, 2014 | Avery County

Avery County

Fall colors envelop a barn on U.S. 221 between Crossnore and Linville Falls in the High Country. Click to read more.

Oct. 22, 2014 | Linville Falls

Oct. 22, 2014 | Linville Falls

Linville Falls

The Linville River winds through colorful trees near Erwin's View Overlook at Linville Falls. Click to read more.

Oct. 21, 2014 | Chimney Rock State Park

Oct. 21, 2014 | Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock

The highest elevations in Hickory Nut Gorge are seeing beautiful color, making for a scenic drive from the Asheville area. Click to read more.

Oct. 20 | Dismal Swamp State Park

Oct. 20 | Dismal Swamp State Park

South Mills

The Swamp is very colorful, featuring lime green ripening walnuts, deep red wild grapes and brilliant purple beauty berries. Click to read more.

Oct. 20, 2014 | Gorges State Park

Oct. 20, 2014 | Gorges State Park

Sapphire

The colors have not come out as vividly as we might hope for this time of the year, but there are still reds, yellows and oranges. Click to read more.

Oct. 20, 2014 | Outer Banks Fishing Report

Outer Banks & Currituck

Inlet anglers reported good fishing during the past week for flounder, red drum, sea mullet, spot, sheepshead and black drum Click to read more.

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