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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Sept. 30 Report - Grandfather Mountain State Park

Sept. 30 Report - Grandfather Mountain State Park

Linville

And so it begins, another beautiful autumn season to enjoy in the North Carolina mountains. Grandfather Mountain State Park, starting at 3,800 feet and rising to Callaway Peak at 5,964 feet, is lighting up…

Sept. 29 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Sept. 29 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Linville

Fall color remains spotty around Grandfather Mountain, but it should really start to develop over the next couple of weeks. Currently, many shrubs above 5,000 feet are turning, and the most colorful trees…

Sept. 28 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Sept. 28 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Linville

In addition to the start of fall leaf color, late summer and early fall wildflowers are also creating a kaleidoscope of hues on the hillsides right now.

The weather forecast for the weekend looks…

Sept. 27 Report - South Mountains State Park

Sept. 27 Report - South Mountains State Park

Connelly Springs

We still have a lot of green because of our lower elevations, but the first hint of fall color is peeking out of the South Mountains. Currently, a few of the maples, tulip poplars, sweet gums and chestnut…

Sept. 27 Report - Mount Mitchell State Park

Burnsville

The top of Mount Mitchell, being mostly spruce and fir, remains green. There are numerous areas along Highway 128 where the beeches and birches are turning yellow and the oaks brown. The surrounding…

Sept. 26 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 are starting to turn red. During the next week we…

Sept. 26 Report - Gorges State Park

Sapphire

If you're not careful, you may miss the first signs of fall. Gorges State Park received two inches of rain over the weekend, and the foliage is very green and lush.

For more information about…

Sept. 25 Report - New River State Park

Sept. 25 Report - New River State Park

Laurel Springs

We are still mostly green here at the river. The Dogwoods are turning red and the Tulip Poplars are starting to get a little color.

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Sept. 24 Report - Mt. Jefferson State Natural Area

Sept. 24 Report - Mt. Jefferson State Natural Area

West Jefferson

The season’s leaves are just giving us a hint of the fall colors yet to come. There are a few trees that have started changing colors as the cool air shimmers with the sounds of katydids. Much of the forest…

Sept. 24 Report - Lake James State Park

Sept. 24 Report - Lake James State Park

Nebo

Most trees are still mostly green. Due to the high amount of rain there has been some early color change, but no bright colors. Many Poplars have started their change and present some yellow and browns.…

Sept. 23 Report - Elk Knob State Park

Todd

Fall in the mountains brings more than just tree color. Fall wildflower colors are spectacular. Yellow goldenrod, lavender asters, deep purple ironweed, pink Joe Pye weed, white Queen Anne’s lace and blue…

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