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. 10 Report - Elk Knob State Park

Oct. 10 Report - Elk Knob State Park

Todd

Many of the colorful leaves survived the gusty winds and rain early this week and have created a gorgeous canopy on the ridges. This week is peak for the Elk Knob area. There should still be some color for…

Oct. 9 Report - Stone Mountain State Park

Oct. 9 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. 9 Report - New River State Park

Oct. 9 Report - New River State Park

Laurel Springs

It's a great day here at the New River! Beautiful sky and perfect temperature for hiking or walking along one of our trails. Fall colors include golden birch and maple, red dogwood and a slight hint of…

Oct. 9 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Oct. 9 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Linville

These beautiful maples lining the picket fence at the intersection of NC Highway 181 and US Highway 221 in Pineola set the scene for beautiful photographs each fall. This photo is a great illustration of…

Oct. 7 Report - Gorges State Park

Oct. 7 Report - Gorges State Park

Sapphire

The colors are beginning to become more visible along park roads and trails. Though green still dominates, a generous splash of yellow, red and orange is providing a better taste of the season.

Oct. 7 Report - Grandfather Mountain State Park

Oct. 7 Report - Grandfather Mountain State Park

Linville

Beautiful color and a busy weekend in the park tell us fall is in the air. The colors are quickly appearing, especially at 4000-5000 feet elevation. Which leaves are changing? Yellow birch, beech, magnolia,…

Oct. 7 Report - Highway 64 west of Franklin

Oct. 7 Report - Highway 64 west of Franklin

Macon

There are fall colors showing all along the Highway 64 west of Franklin. It's an ideal location for a scenic autumn drive or detour.

For more information about visiting this location, go to

Oct. 7 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Oct. 7 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Linville

While most of the area is overcast after overnight rainfall, the sun was shining through the rolling clouds on the Blue Ridge Parkway this morning. This photo, taken just north of the Linn Cove Viaduct,…

Oct. 6 Report - Otto

Oct. 6 Report - Otto

Macon

Leaves are turning, though in some areas more than others. Taking a two-lane road off the main four-lane of Highway 441 south of Franklin, you can see the colors much more vividly. Can you see the deer in…

Oct. 6 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Oct. 6 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Linville

Spotty color is popping along the Linville River near Linville Falls. This photo was taken from a Blue Ridge Parkway bridge at milepost 316.5.

The Grandfather Mountain attraction and Grandfather…

Oct. 5 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Oct. 5 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Linville

A kaleidoscope of color can currently be spotted at the Grandfather Mountain Nature Museum upper parking lot, complete with blue skies and clusters of red mountain ash berries. Today is forecasted to be…

Oct. 5 Report - Mt. Jefferson State Natural Area

Oct. 5 Report - Mt. Jefferson State Natural Area

West Jefferson

The leaves on Mt. Jefferson today are bright and full of color. There are yellow, orange and even some red leaves that now fully decorate the trail and the mountain slopes. From the park road and vista…

Oct. 4 Report - Elk Knob State Park

Oct. 4 Report - Elk Knob State Park

Todd

This weekend may be the best chance for beautiful fall colors at Elk Knob State Park. Gusty winds and rain may move in on Sunday, and that could put an end to the fall foliage. The leaves and fall…

Oct. 4 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Oct. 4 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Linville

This red maple in the Altamont community is spectacular this year! Travelers on U.S. 221 South can view this tree located next to a residence just south of Stamey Branch Road.

It should be a nice…

Oct. 4 Report - Lake James State Park

Oct. 4 Report - Lake James State Park

Nebo

The park’s trees are still mostly green. Due to the large amount of rain, there has been some early color change but no bright colors. Poplars have started their change and present some yellows and browns.…

Oct. 3 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Oct. 3 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Linville

Many shrubs are alive with color above 5,000 feet on Grandfather Mountain. Autumn color across the landscape is still spotty in the High Country, but a daily transition can be seen. The weather forecast…

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