It’s by far the most beautiful time of the year to visit Asheville. The leaves are changing and it’s a breathtaking view. Pack a bag and enjoy the Asheville fall foliage on your trip down the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The Blue Ridge Mountains have one of the longest and most vibrant leaf seasons due to their more than 100 species of deciduous trees and extreme elevations. Though the peak actually changes almost weekly, you can take in the view from late September through early November. Color was already showing in September, especially above 3,500-feet elevation. One of the first spots to offer vibrant color is said to be Rough Ridge on the Parkway near Grandfather Mountain. It does depend on the elevation, but mid to late October is when leaves are thought to be at their peak fall color on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The leaves begin changing in the highest peaks and conclude in the lower elevations.
Temperatures and precipitation play an integral role in fall color. Environmental factors and the genetic makeup of the plants control the color’s intensity. An early frost can speed up the show and warmer weather will prolong it. Ideal rainfall and days that are short, cool, bright and sunny make up the best fall color. But it’s always impressive.
There are a few ways you can enjoy the Asheville fall foliage. Consider taking a zip line canopy tour. Soar through the grand white oaks, bloom frazier magnolias, flame azaleas, thick mountain laurel and rhododendron. Fall is the perfect time to fly through the treetops. There are several companies to choose from, including Adventure America Zipline Canopy Tours, Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventures, French Broad Rafting and Ziplines, Navitat Canopy Adventures and The Gorge.
You can also go on a bike ride during your scenic vacation in the Asheville area. Take the Blue Ridge Parkway to Craggy Gardens or ride 75 miles to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park if you’re up for a long ride. You’ll feel right at home in the mountains.
But if you’re not the athletic type, there are many gorgeous drives that will give you a great view of the foliage. Head south on the Blue Ridge Parkway to Waterfall Country, or drive out to an overlook that will give you a birdseye view of the autumn scenery. The color usually concludes in the Chimney Rock area.
Be patient while touring the Blue Ridge Parkway and expect slow traffic. Everyone wants another glimpse of the Asheville fall foliage. With that being said, it’s best to plan your vacation in advance. Consider staying with us at the Orchard Inn while you’re in town, a charming and elegant Asheville, North Carolina bed and breakfast. We are the perfect destination for those looking for picturesque natural sights and comfortable hospitality. Head out and take in the gorgeous scenery during the day then relax in our Inn or on our porch at night. You won’t find a lovelier place to take in the great outdoors.
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