Autumn Leaves Peak This Month
If you're planning your fall vacation in our Blue Ridge Mtns, check out these dates so you won't miss the key times of leaves changing in Western NC.
This great calendar comes from Patch.com:
October 1 - 10: Peak time for areas above 5,000 feet. This would include: Clingmans Dome, Grandfather Mountain, Mount Mitchell, Waterrock Knob and Graveyard fieldsand higher elevations of The Blue Ridge Parkway between Asheville & Cherokee, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park
October 10 - 20: Peak time for elevations from 4,000 - 5,000 feet. This would include almost all Blue Ridge Parkway locations and the majority of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as well including the Boone and Blowing Rock areas.
October 18 - 26: Peak time for lower elevations, from 3,000 - 4,000 feet. This would include places like: Pisgah National Forest which includes Sliding Rock and Looking Glass Falls, Dill Falls, Wildcat Falls, and many other waterfalls including Linville Gorge, Nantahala Gorge, and Maggie Valley.
October 24 - 31: Peak time for elevations below 2,000 feet. This would include the cities of Asheville, Brevard, Waynesville, Cherokee & include the Biltmore Estate.
October 26: November 8: Peak time for remaining elevations, including Gatlinburg, TN, Chimney Rock NC, Lake Lure and remaining lower elevation mountains and Hickory, Morganton, Lenoir.
There are plenty of place to hike to view the spectacular leaf changes, check out this list from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Be sure to check out which sections are open before making plans.
If you find yourself traveling up Hwy 321 North during the month of October, look for Lake Hickory Realty's digital billboard over the Lake Hickory bridge!