2019 Fall Leaf Color Dates
Each year, RomanticAsheville.com publishes their prediction of peak leaf color dates in the Blue Ridge Mountains. We've included the prime dates for elevations near Parkway Peek (we're at 3200ft) so that our guests can plan their perfect Fall get-away. Of course, these dates are subject to change based on temperatures and rainfall, but you can bet that there will always be SOME color in October and early November!
- October 8-19: 4,000-5,000 feet elevation. Best colors really pick up steam, including Mount Pisgah, Mt. Mitchell and Devil's Courthouse areas south on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Also, see colorful highest ridges of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and drive the Cherohala Skyway.
- October 15-26: 3,000-4,000 feet elevation. The ultimate week for the most color including large sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway surrounding Parkway Peek. This also includes much of Pisgah National Forest. North of Asheville, best color will be near Banner Elk and hikes to Table Rock and Hawksbill Mountain in the Linville Gorge.
- October 22-31: 2,000-3,000 feet elevation. The city of Asheville, French Broad River and Biltmore Estate show their best color, along with many of our small towns in lower elevations. It's a great time for a waterfall hike in DuPont State Forest or a stroll at the NC Arboretum.