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Fall Leaf Colors in North Carolina, Blue Ridge Parkway, Biltmore Estate & Lake Lure

Lisa P

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Many prospective autumn leaf peepers ask about the best time to visit the mountains of New England as well as the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia. This year, after Hurricane Irene stripped many of the trees of their leaves near my mother's home in CT, they didn't have a very pretty autumn season in her immediate area. So I especially appreciated how lovely the fall colors were here in the mountains of western NC this year. It was a pretty good season here, after several so-so years in a row. Friends who took higher-elevation drives on the Blue Ridge Parkway in the beginning or second week of October said it was stunning. Even a freak snowstorm at the end of October didn't put a damper on it at lower elevations.

We spent our afternoon today out walking in the woods, past streams and over bridges in the National Forest in the Brevard area just south of Hendersonville and Asheville. Even now, in early November, past peak, it was quite beautiful. About about half the leaves are down with some rusts and burnt oranges but with a few late trees, still in full, bright yellows and occasional reds.

For those who enjoy scenic photos, take a look at this website. It has pictures showing the fall colors in this area, throughout the last two weeks of October. It also has links to photos taken in the last couple of years. This may be helpful to people who want to plan ahead to book a timeshare week in NC or even VA and take advantage of the best leaf viewing in a decent year.

Here's the webpage: http://www.romanticasheville.com/fall_2011_photos.htm

Their "Fall Foliage" section has the links to prior years - look near the top of the page or in the "Blue Ridge Parkway Guide" for these. Hope it helps someone with planning.
 
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