Each year the High Country explodes into color, as leaves throughout the area turn to red, yellow, orange and other bright shades through the fall months. The show attracts thousands of visitors to the area, and offers residents a beautiful background to their daily commutes.
According to some early prognosticators, this season has a chance to last substantially longer than most.
“The Blue Ridge Mountains are one of the best places in the world to experience fall color,” said Dr. Howard S. Neufeld, professor of biology at Appalachian State University. “Because of the range of elevations, we start to see color at the highest elevations like Grandfather Mountain in late September, and then that color cascades downslope all the way to lower locales like Chimney Rock in early November.”
This year’s longer leaf season in North Carolina is a bonus on top of what is already an unusually long leaf season. Due to our state’s extreme elevations and broad biodiversity, experts call our state’s leaf season “unmatched.”
Here’s an online High Country Fall Color Guide to track when the colors begin to turn, and when they’re at their brightest. The show should begin around October 1.