Early fall color is starting to appear in the NC mountains

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Fall colors like yellows, reds and oranges begin to appear at the higher elevations of the North Carolina mountains!


What would you like to know

  • The transition to fall foliage begins near some of North Carolina’s tallest peaks
  • Peak fall color for most of western North Carolina is still a few weeks away
  • The weather should be good this weekend in the mountains to see some of the color at the start

The cool morning temperatures last weekend helped begin this week’s transition to the gorgeous fall foliage we look forward to every year in the high country.

If you’re planning a trip to the mountains to see the color this weekend, just know that it won’t be at its peak yet, and the best views to find spots of color will be at the higher elevations, including Grandfather Mountain. and Mount Mitchell.

Fall color is expected to be more prevalent in western North Carolina and closer to its peak over the next two weeks.

Researchers at Appalachian State University, led by Howard Neufeld, have developed a map showing the average date of the peak fall color in the high country.

Neufeld recently told Spectrum News 1 that he expects the foliage to be right on time this year based on his recent observations and weather conditions.

Weekend forecast for the mountains

While the fall color may not be at its peak, this weekend it will definitely be sunny in the mountains. The great weather we have experienced throughout North Carolina will continue for the next few days.

This weekend’s fall festivals

Many activities are planned in the mountains this weekend to take advantage of the good weather!

The French Broad River Festival returns this year to Hot Springs. You will need proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to attend.

In Asheville, the first Art in the Park event of the month will take place on Saturday.

Colorful live cameras

Check out some of these live cameras to see if you can spot any fall colors!


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