If you have yet to visit the WNC Mountains in the Fall, you’re missing out on some of the most breathtaking views of the year. Many people plan their annual vacation to Asheville around peak leaf season for this reason! Even year-round residents agree that it’s a must-see. (In fact, you may enjoy it so much that you’ll find yourself looking for a rural house for sale near Asheville.)
Without further ado, let’s dive into your essential guide to fall foliage in the WNC Mountains!
Where to Look & When
The best part about the most colorful time of year in the mountains is that it lasts a couple of weeks. That means you don’t have to worry about fighting a busy season in a hurried weekend get-away. You can find the time that works best for you from late September all the way to early November.
Although it’s not an exact science, the color timeline roughly follows a 5-week schedule and can typically best be viewed along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
September: Colors begin popping at the very end of the month 6,000 + feet up along the highest mountain range peaks.
October: Each week the color shows up another 1,000 feet down in altitude, beginning at 5,000 at the start of October and ending in the 2,000-3,000 foot range as October wraps up.
November: Catch the very end of the fall kaleidoscope in the first week of the month at the 1,000-2,000 foot range.
For more specific updates on each week, visit Asheville’s Fall Color Report & Forecast where you can find resources like an interactive fall color map and learn all about the science behind fall colors!
Spend the Day Leafing
Whether you’re a huge hiking aficionado or you love a good scenic “Sunday drive,” we’ve got incredible views that can be enjoyed by any style of leaf lover! Our top recommendations to enjoy your day “leafing” (along with the distance from Green Mountain Farm) include:
Lake Lure (65 miles) Get twice the color in one trip when you catch the reflections in the lake’s surface!
Mount Mitchell State Park (41 miles) It’s the highest point east of the Mississippi River complete with a ¼ mile paved, handicap accessible trail to an observation deck for 360-degree panoramic views.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park (84 miles) Check out incredible views, including potential wildlife sightings, in these 5 incredible scenic drives.
NC Arboretum (56 miles) Don’t miss this 434-acre public garden with a diverse variety of trees and other unique, seasonal blossoming colors.
Graveyard Fields (81 miles) We highly recommend this for hikes and waterfall viewing/swimming along with enjoying the early fall colors.
Vibrant Colors in our Backyard
Green Mountain Farm, located in Green Mountain, North Carolina, is a secluded mountain wellness community surrounded by lush landscape and spectacular views. Residents of Green Mountain Farm don’t have to go anywhere to experience the extraordinary fall color tour every year. They get to enjoy all these views and more right from their front porch over coffee each morning—or over a glass of wine at sunset!
Fall Views from Green Mountain Farm
Houses for Sale NC Mountains
The magic of fall in the WNC Mountains doesn’t have to be just a vacation experience. Imagine waking up in your dream home surrounded by a rich bouquet of reds, yellows and oranges every fall. Green Mountain Farm has sites as well as homes ready and waiting for you to begin to turn those dreams into a reality. Get in touch today to schedule a tour of our homesites and learn more!