Mountain Foliage Reports

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.

Jump to: Piedmont Foliage Reports | Coastal Color and Activity Reports

Showing 1 through 16 of 49 items

Oct. 26, 2014 | Grandfather Mountain

Oct. 26, 2014 | Grandfather Mountain

Linville

As the fall color season bids farewell to the North Carolina High Country, the foothills are just starting to see these most visible signs of autumn. Click to read more.

Oct. 25, 2014 | Linville Falls

Oct. 25, 2014 | Linville Falls

Linville Falls

Elevations around 3,000 feet continue to impress leaf-lookers as the foothills of North Carolina reach peak fall color. Click to read more.

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, 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. 18, 2014 | Valle Crucis

Oct. 18, 2014 | Valle Crucis

Valle Crucis

Trees at mid- and lower elevations in the High Country will still offer spectacular color for several more days to come. Click to read more.

Oct. 15, 2014 | Banner Elk

Oct. 15, 2014 | Banner Elk

Linville

Downstream from the Mill Pond in Banner Elk, runoff from Tuesday's storms gushes among the still-colorful trees. Click to read more.

1234last»

Request your Travel Guide

Download or order FREE guides and maps

Discover Project Project 543

Explore unique spots across North Carolina