We are halfway through the season, and we’re starting to see leaf fall as we are past peak in the higher elevations, think 4000 ft and above. However, there is still significant color in the 3000 – 3800 ft. range. This season has been very vibrant and progressed very quickly.

Recent winds have created plenty of opportunities to crunch the leaves on the ground, and see the leaves blow through the air. The smell of fallen leaves now wafts around town as well making it feel more Fall and festive. If you’re on the fence about visiting, there is plenty of color to be seen down in the gorge from the overlooks on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and lots of places at Blowing Rock’s elevation. At even lower elevations, we are still seeing green, however, the colder weather should be turning those leaves soon as well.