2023 Fall Leaf Color NC Mountains Forecast & Report
Fall Peak Leaf Color in the High Country region of the NC Mountains can be found from late September to early November thanks to the varying elevations. Use our helpful peak leaf prediction breakdown and links to current foliage reports to help you plan your trip to the mountains in Fall 2023
PEAK LEAF COLOR FORECAST BY ELEVATION
Leaf color prediction forecasts are done based on elevation. Higher elevations will see color earlier due to the cooler temperatures. Some things to consider that effect leaf color is the amount of rain, wind and heat the High Country receives during September and October. That is something we cannot predict! Here is breakdown by elevation:
- Last Week of September- 6,000 Elevation (Mt Mitchell, Grandfather Mountain)
- 1st Week of October- 5,000 Elevation (Beech Mountain, Rough Ridge Trail MP 302.9)
- 2nd Week of October- 4,000 Elevation (Banner Elk, Jumpingoff Rocks Trail MP 260.3)
- 3rd Week of October- 3,000 Elevation (Boone, Blowing Rock, West Jefferson, Price Lake MP 297)
- 4th Week of October- 2,000 Elevation (Wilkesboro, Stone Mountain State Park, Yadkin Valley Overlook MP 289.8)
CURRENT 2023 FALL LEAF COLOR REPORTS
The High Country of North Carolina offers the best in Leaf Peeping. Driving the Blue Ridge Parkway with its views of peaks and valleys and visiting the small towns of the Blue Ridge Mountains can give you an elevation change that insures you see fall color at some point! Here is a list of websites that are updated daily or weekly with current fall color conditions that can help you plan your trip:
- ASU FALL COLOR GUY
Read weekly fall color reports written by Appalachian State University’s Department of Biology. You can also view his Fall Color Map and essays on the science of fall leaf color.
- GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN
Starting late September,, the most popular outdoor attraction of the High Country will start posting daily photos of the current fall color! This is a great way to gauge the color change along the High Country section of the Blue Ridge Parkway!
- SUGAR MOUNTAIN FALL LEAF REPORTS
See weekly fall color photos and updates on the website. Follow on Facebook for even more fall photos.
For more fall fun, join the Fall Lovers League of the High Country Facebook group HERE!