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Peak color arrives at the highest NC mountains: Fall Color Report

Moderate to high color is developing at lower elevations, including the Piedmont

If you're looking to go to the mountains and see the leaves change, don't wait. Bright oranges, yellows, and reds are showing off in the high elevations and they won't last long. Here's the latest Fall Color Report. 

Approximate Fall Color as of Monday, Oct 12:

Credit: WFMY News 2
Fall color is peaking above 4,000 feet in the North Carolina mountains as of Monday, October 12th.


The high elevations of the North Carolina mountains are enjoying peak color right now. This describes areas typically above 4,000 or 5,000 feet in elevation. It is unknown how many leaves fell over the weekend during the heavy rain event. Many of the popular spots along the Blue Ridge Parkway are experiencing peak color right now.

Locations likely experiencing peak color now or this week: 

  • Grandfather Mountain
  • Linn Cove Viaduct
  • Price Lake
  • Mount Mitchell
  • Craggy Gardens
  • Graveyard Fields
  • Others in the 4,000-5,000ft range
Credit: Evan Fisher
Peak fall color at Glassmine Falls along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Taken Sunday October 11th by Evan Fisher.


Areas of the mountains from 2,000 to 4,000 feet are seeing a good amount of color but are not yet at peak. That will likely come this upcoming weekend of the 17th or just beyond. This would include Boone, Linville Gorge, and lower elevations of the Blue Ridge Parkway.


Color is starting to show up nicely, but is still patchy in much of the Piedmont. This includes the Triad cities, the city of Asheville, as well as Pilot Mountain and Hanging Rock. Peak color in these areas isn't likely for another 10 days or more. However, it already is looking pretty and will continue to improve with each passing day.

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Need some tips on where to go look at the leaves? Take a look at our fall guide below!

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