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. 18 Report - Stone Mountain State Park

Oct. 18 Report - Stone Mountain State Park

Roaring Gap

We still have a lot of green leaves throughout the park. However, we are beginning to see more color along our creeks and river. Tulip poplar trees are turning gold and the dogwoods, sourwoods and blackgums…

Oct. 18 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Oct. 18 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Linville

The section of the Blue Ridge Parkway from Blowing Rock to Grandfather Mountain continues to be a beautiful route. This weekend will be a great one in the High Country with the Valle Country Fair in Valle…

Oct. 18 Report - South Mountains State Park

Oct. 18 Report - South Mountains State Park

Connelly Springs

Color is slowly creeping into the South Mountains. Get off the beaten path and enjoy a few remaining wildflowers amidst the falling leaves. Due to our lower elevations of 1,000-3,000 feet, peak color should…

Oct. 18 Report - Mount Mitchell State Park

Burnsville

Mount Mitchell has passed peak; however, when you stand on top you get a beautiful view of the sea of color below. The foliage from about 3,000 feet to 5,000 feet is at peak.

For more information…

Oct. 18 Report - Chimney Rock State Park

Oct. 18 Report - Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock

All roads leading to Chimney Rock are exploding with color now in the higher elevations. Inside the park, leaf colors are turning near the Chimney and above, with many yellows, reds and some oranges.…

Oct. 18 Report - Elk Knob State Park

Oct. 18 Report - Elk Knob State Park

Todd

A private plane pilot stopped by the Elk Knob Office yesterday. He said that by far, the area surrounding Elk Knob has the prettiest color. Since visitors rarely fly their own planes, the best view of the…

Oct. 17 Report - New River State Park

Oct. 17 Report - New River State Park

Laurel Springs

It's a beautiful day here at New River. There are a few clouds, but the color is really coming out. This weekend will most likely be the height of our color change. Come by for a visit to see for…

Oct. 16 Report - Franklin

Oct. 16 Report - Franklin

Highway 64 West between Franklin and Hayesville

Fall foliage is all ablaze at the top of Wallace Gap and the Standing Indian Area. The scenery is absolutely beautiful! Chunky Gal Stables of Hayesville has been taking people there for hay rides. It's…

Oct. 16 Report - Chimney Rock State Park

Oct. 16 Report - Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock

The drive to Chimney Rock is gorgeous now! Fall color is spreading daily through the park’s higher and middle elevations and Rumbling Bald Access. Bursts of yellow are appearing in the chestnut oaks,…

Oct. 16 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Oct. 16 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Linville

The sun rises on another beautiful day in the High Country as some of the first light shines on the Linn Cove Viaduct. This engineering marvel winds its way around Grandfather Mountain at milepost 304 of…

Oct. 15 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Oct. 15 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Linville

The view from the top of Grandfather Mountain is gorgeous this morning, with low-lying clouds to our east and south. The surrounding landscape has really come alive with color this week, as illustrated in…

Oct. 15 Report - Franklin

Oct. 15 Report - Franklin

Macon

The Smoky Mountain Host Visitor Center is open to direct visitors to waterfalls and hikes in Western North Carolina. There are so many other things to see and do as well, including: zip lining, fishing,…

Oct. 14 Report - Grandfather Mountain State Park

Oct. 14 Report - Grandfather Mountain State Park

Linville

One word: beautiful! Peak foliage has arrived on the higher elevations of Grandfather Mountain’s ridgeline. Below 4,000 feet elevation, colors will peak very soon. What is truly amazing about leaf peeping…

Oct. 14 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Oct. 14 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Linville

It's a cloudy morning in the High Country with some drizzle. The color is absolutely beautiful right now at Little Lost Cove Cliffs, which can be accessed from the Old Jonas Ridge Road.

Autumn…

Oct. 13 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Oct. 13 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Linville

Color abounds along the Linville River, with a transitioning canopy overhead and many leaves that have already fallen. The color will peak in this area over the next week.

For more information…

Oct. 12 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Oct. 12 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Linville

It's a pleasant Saturday in the High Country and a great time to visit and see fall color. These hikers are crossing the Boone Fork Bridge on the Tanawha Trail, accessed near Blue Ridge Parkway milepost…

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