October 04, 2019 at 2:08pm | Holly Huskins

The 2019 Foliage Prediction Map

North Carolina’s 2019 fall colors are expected to be some of the brightest and most beautiful in years.

The average temperature this year is 54.27°F degrees, which is the 45th warmest year on record, according to NOAA. This year has also been the wettest year on record with a total of 24.59″ of rain, which will result in a slightly later and brighter fall color season.

North Carolina’s peak season will start toward the end of October in the higher elevations and run until the middle of November in the Piedmont.

According to SmokyMountains.com, colors should be at their peak around November 2nd in the mountains and Nov. 9th in Charlotte.
                                                                Check out our 10 favorite places to see the fall colors:

1. Take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway: Check out our Blue Ridge Parkway Guide  and also read over our tips for traveling the parkway                        

2. Take a drive through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Highway 441: Read more about the fall colors in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park on their  fall color page . Learn all about the Park using our  Great Smoky Mountains National Park Guide!

3, Grandfather Mountain: Grandfather Mountain is one probably the most famous mountains in The Blue Ridge, and is definitely the most famous in North Carolina. Located near the Blue Ridge Parkway, and Linville NC, Grandfather Mountain is also one of the tallest mountains in NC. Read more about Grandfather Mountain on their website.

4. Visit Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC: Biltmore House is the “vacation estate” for George Vanderbilt. Asheville and Biltmore became one of George’s obsessions and became more of his permanent home than a vacation estate. If you’ve never seen the grand Biltmore Estate, fall is the perfect time to visit. While you’re there, stop off at the Biltmore Winery for a sample of some wonderful tasting wines. More information is available in our  Biltmore Guide

5. Chimney Rock: Chimney Rock State Park houses some great trails, beautiful waterfalls, and one of the most gorgeous views in Western NC from atop it’s famed “chimney rock”. Fall foliage at Chimney Rock are breathtaking, especially along the Hickory Nut Falls Trail to the base of Hickory Nut Falls. Learn more about Chimney Rock Park on their website .

6. Visit Blowing Rock and Boone, NC: One of the most popular tourist destinations in North Carolina is Boone and Blowing Rock. In addition to the areas beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Boone and Blowing Rock are home to the Tweetsie Railroad, Appalachian State University, and home to the most popular skiing location in North Carolina, Sugar Mountain Ski Resort.

7. Visit one of the many waterfalls, surrounded by fall color: The Blue Ridge Mountains are full of waterfalls.  This is particularly true of Western NC, where there are literally thousands of waterfalls, and hundreds in excess of 10 feet. Not sure where to go? Try one of our  favorite NC waterfalls this fall. All of them are gorgeous and offer amazing fall views.  Looking Glass Falls Soco Falls  and Upper and Lower Falls at  Graveyard fields are all particularly beautiful in the Fall.  

8. Go hiking on one of the many trails with scenic views: Frankly, pretty much any trail you take in The Blue Ridge Mountains will offer fantastic views, but there are a few trails that offer exceptional views. These include:
             * Black Balsam, off The Blue Ride Parkway
             * Rough Ridge, near Grandfather Mountain
             * Craggy Gardens, near Asheville
             * Pisgah National Forest
Read up on our Favorite Hiking Trails in the Blue Ridge or our favorite hiking trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, all of which would provide outstanding fall foliage views and scenery. You can read about all the trails we’ve visited on our hiking page.

9. Visit Max Patch Mountain: Max Patch is a hidden gem, not often known by most tourists, which makes it less congested and great for taking photos. Get more information and directions to Max Patch in our  Max Patch Guide.

10. Hike at Linville Falls: Linville Falls, located at MP 316.3 on the Blue Ridge Parkway is a gorgeous area for relaxing, hiking, enjoying the scenic views and for mainly seeing breathtaking views of Linville falls. The Linville Falls area off the parkway has 2 different hiking trails. An easy trail leading to the upper falls area, and a more difficult area leading to the larger lower falls. While you’re there, make sure you stop by  Linville Caverns  and visit #20 on our list, Wiseman’s View.

**Excerpts taken from Blue Ridge Mountain Life Website and Charlotte Stories.


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