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. 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…

Oct. 3 Report - Stone Mountain State Park

Oct. 3 Report - Stone Mountain State Park

Roaring Gap

We still have a lot of green, but some leaves are beginning to show signs of color throughout the park. Tulip poplar trees are turning gold, and the dogwoods and sourwoods are showing more signs of fall…

Oct. 3 Report - Chimney Rock State Park

Oct. 3 Report - Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock

This is a very good wildflower season for goldenrod, snakeroot, wingstem and a variety of asters. Brown-eyed Susans and sunflowers are also blooming, with some pink turtlehead remaining.

Early…

Oct. 3 Report - Otto

Oct. 3 Report - Otto

Macon

Fall "through the eyes" of a 1981 CJ-7 Jeep under a dogwood tree all ablaze with colorful leaves. Looking through the countryside though, it is mostly still green, with dull golds and cinnamon colors spread…

Oct. 2 Report - South Mountains State Park

Oct. 2 Report - South Mountains State Park

Connelly Springs

At just below 3,000 feet elevation, the South Mountains are still green in the distance. A hike along one of the 42 miles of trails will give you a different, more colorful view. Many fall wildflowers are…

Oct. 2 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Oct. 2 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Linville

Mountain ridge lines are now boasting the most widespread fall color in the High Country.

The Grandfather Mountain attraction and Grandfather Mountain State Park are not affected by the federal…

Oct. 2 Report - Mount Mitchell State Park

Burnsville

We’re nearing about 50 percent in color change, and should be at peak foliage beginning of next week.

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Oct. 2 Report - New River State Park

Oct. 2 Report - New River State Park

Laurel Springs

Contrasting with the beautiful North Carolina blue sky, there are golden rods, dogwoods and pines. Starting to see some colors change here at the New River, including a slight hint of yellow and…

Oct. 1 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Oct. 1 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Linville

Grandfather Mountain employees know to watch this heath bald on the south side of the mountain in late September and early October, as it is one of the first areas to change and show vivid color. The soil…

Oct. 1 Report - Smoky Mountains

Oct. 1 Report - Smoky Mountains

Franklin

The leaves are mostly green, with gold tops and cinnamon color in some trees and bushes. Looking from a distance, the mountainside is a duller green than normal with slight gold coming forth.

For…

Sept. 30 Report - Highlands

Sept. 30 Report - Highlands

Macon

There's some color showing up in pockets, but most of the leaves are still green.

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