Mountain Foliage Reports

The mountains provide a scenic backdrop for fall foliage. Check here for new reports from our park rangers each week throughout the season to find photos and updates on peak conditions in the region.

You can share your own fall pictures and experiences with us on Facebook and Twitter. See what’s happening in other regions of the state with Piedmont Foliage Reports and Coastal Fishing and Activity Reports.

Reports and photos are provided by the park rangers and staff of the North Carolina State Parks system.

There are diverse and plentiful locations throughout the Piedmont for viewing fall color, from cities and state parks to one-of-a-kind events and festivals.

You can share your own fall pictures and experiences with us on Facebook and Twitter. See what’s happening in other regions of the state with Mountain Foliage Reports and Coastal Fishing and Activity Reports.

Reports and photos are provided by the park rangers and staff of the North Carolina State Parks system.

Take advantage of the mild temperatures, warm water and uncrowded beaches at the coast during fall. Check here for reports from our park rangers on water temperatures, fishing and wildlife viewing opportunities.

You can share your own fall pictures and experiences with us on Facebook and Twitter. See what’s happening in other regions of the state with Mountain Foliage Reports and Piedmont Foliage Reports.

Reports and photos are provided by the park rangers and staff of the North Carolina State Parks system.

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Nov. 10 Report - South Mountains State Park

Nov. 10 Report - South Mountains State Park

Connelly Springs

We have passed the peak leaf color in the South Mountains. Sweetgums are beginning to turn deep purple, and most of the maples have turned red or are losing their tri-colored leaves. There are still many…

Nov. 7 Report - Chimney Rock State Park

Nov. 7 Report - Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock

Leaf colors exploded at Chimney Rock last week, surrounding us in brilliant golds, reds and oranges! Foliage is at peak, and should remain colorful into mid-November if the weather remains calm. The maples…

Nov. 4 Report - Franklin

Nov. 4 Report - Franklin

Macon County

The colors here are still beautiful. Leaves are falling, but pockets of color remain a sight to see!

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Nov. 4 Report - Highlands

Nov. 4 Report - Highlands

Macon County

This photo was taken south of Highlands on Highway 28. When the sun hits the leaves driving through this area, it is absolutely gorgeous. There were complete sections along the road lined with pure yellow…

Nov. 3 Report - South Mountains State Park

Nov. 3 Report - South Mountains State Park

Connelly Springs

The leaves in the South Mountains are at peak color this week. Come see them before they fall! The best long-range view is from Chestnut Knob, but it’s a strenuous hike! Everyone can enjoy the leaves along…

Nov. 1 Report - Chimney Rock State Park

Nov. 1 Report - Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock

Colors have been improving every day this week surprising us with new, vibrant shades of red, gold and orange in the maples, red oaks and others. Fall foliage in the highest elevations of the Chimney Rock…

Nov. 1 Report - South Mountains State Park

Nov. 1 Report - South Mountains State Park

Connelly Springs

Peak color has arrived this weekend in the South Mountains! Our two scenic vistas of the park require a strenuous hike on Chestnut Knob trail. For those not able or willing to hike, everyone can enjoy the…

Oct. 31 Report - Stone Mountain State Park

Oct. 31 Report - Stone Mountain State Park

Roaring Gap

As of today, the park has reached peak color. We encourage everyone to get out on the trails and hike to the Summit to see the beautiful foliage.

For more information about visiting this location,…

Oct. 30 Report - Chimney Rock State Park

Oct. 30 Report - Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock

Leaf colors have exploded at Chimney Rock in the past few days! The maples are most impressive with bright yellows, reds and some oranges. The sassafras trees are turning orange, and the red oaks are just…

Oct. 29 Report - South Mountains State Park

Oct. 29 Report - South Mountains State Park

Connelly Springs

Still haven’t gotten enough fall color? Drive out to South Mountains, where the lower elevations result in a later leaf-peeping season than the rest of the Blueridge. Our sourwoods and blackgums are red.…

Oct. 29 Report - Gorges State Park

Oct. 29 Report - Gorges State Park

Sapphire

It took a bit longer than usual, but peak color has finally arrived at Gorges State Park. Whether you decide to head out on one of our trails or simply want to drive the loop road, you’ll be treated to a…

Oct. 28 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Oct. 28 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Linville

Today is our last fall report for Grandfather Mountain. It's been a great fall season, with spectacular color and many beautiful days for guests to visit and enjoy the scenery.

This photo was…

Oct. 27 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Oct. 27 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Linville

There's still some great color to be found in the Matney area in Watauga County. Color is starting to develop well at elevations from 1,000 feet to 2,000 feet. Some color can still be found around…

Oct. 26 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Oct. 26 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Linville

It's a chilly but beautiful day in the High Country. As this photo at Elk River Falls illustrates, many leaves are now on the ground but there is still some great color to be found in the area.

Oct. 25 Report - Gorges State Park

Sapphire

Freshly fallen leaves crunching underfoot and a surrounding kaleidoscope of color are the experiences that will greet you here at Gorges State Park this week. A couple of recent frosts have really helped…

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