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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Oct. 25 Report - Grandfather Mountain State Park

Oct. 25 Report - Grandfather Mountain State Park

Linville

It’s almost magical seeing snowflakes and leaves swirling together in the wind. Even more charming is waking up to a snow dusted mountain ridge towering over the fall colors below.

Some areas in…

Oct. 25 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Oct. 25 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Linville

A dusting of snow fell on Grandfather Mountain last night, and visitors today get the treat of experiencing fall and winter at the same time. This photo was taken at Half Moon Overlook, where the red…

Oct. 24 Report - Chimney Rock State Park

Oct. 24 Report - Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock

A golden yellow glow brightens the roads leading to Chimney Rock and the drive to the base of the Chimney. Hickories are showing golds and yellows, and most sourwoods are still maroon.

Hiking from…

Oct. 24 Report - Elk Knob State Park

Oct. 24 Report - Elk Knob State Park

Todd

Some fall color at Elk Knob can still be seen against the beautiful backdrop of winter rime ice.

For more information about visiting this location, go to

Oct. 24 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Oct. 24 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Linville

The top peaks of Grandfather Mountain are coated in rime ice this morning as fog is freezing to the trees along the ridgeline. This photo was taken at Smoketree Lodge off of N.C. Highway 105 where fall…

Oct. 23 Report - Robbinsville

Oct. 23 Report - Robbinsville

Graham County

The colors are beautiful here! The higher range of mountains in Graham County are very colorful. The Fontana Lake area at high elevations on N.C. Highway 28 North are very colorful as well.

For…

Oct. 23 Report - South Mountains State Park

Oct. 23 Report - South Mountains State Park

Connelly Springs

Color has come to the South Mountains. The sourwoods and black gums are showing us shades of red, finally! There’s plenty of yellow and green, too. Many of our trees will keep their green leaves until the…

Oct. 23 Report - New River State Park

Oct. 23 Report - New River State Park

Laurel Springs

Although our peak foliage is almost over, we are still seeing some beautiful colors in the mountains - especially here at New River State Park as seen in this photo.

For more information about…

Oct. 23 Report - Mount Mitchell State Park

Burnsville

The fall colors have passed peak on Mount Mitchell and at higher elevations. Strong winds have blown off most of the remaining leaves. The only color up here today is a trace amount of white due to sleet…

Oct. 22 Report - New River State Park

Oct. 22 Report - New River State Park

Laurel Springs

It's a wonderful day here at the New River. The temperatures are dropping, and so are the leaves. We still have a bit of color here at the river, but it probably won't last much longer.

A few of…

Oct. 22 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Oct. 22 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Linville

A great autumn view can be found off of Lee Gualtney Road near Banner Elk. This rolling field with cows sits on a hill looking toward the Matney area.

The drive from Banner Elk to Valle Crucis is…

Oct. 21 Report - Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 443.1

Oct. 21 Report - Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 443.1

Cataloochee

The foliage at this milepost along the Blue Ridge Parkway is beautiful! Lower elevations are still not at peak yet, but there are still scenic views to be had.

For more information about visiting…

Oct. 21 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Oct. 21 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Linville

Looking for seasonal fall flavors? Floyd Gragg and his wife have set up their roadside stand of jams, jellies, honey and apple butter. It has been located on U.S. 221 just north of the Grandfather Mountain…

Oct. 20 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Oct. 20 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Linville

The flanks of Grandfather Mountain are alive with color, as illustrated with this photo taken at Cliffside Overlook in the park. Another great view of the color on the mountain right now can be seen on…

Oct. 19 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Oct. 19 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Linville

It's a cloudy morning, but the fall color in the area is really popping against gray skies. This photo of the Linville River was taken above Linville Falls.

This weekend will be a great one in…

Oct. 18 Report - Lake James State Park

Oct. 18 Report - Lake James State Park

Nebo

The park’s trees are starting to show a little more color. The color change has been on time this year. Poplars have mostly changed and present some yellow and brown leaves. Maples have started to lose…

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