This Dreamy Road Trip Will Take You To The Best Fall Foliage In All Of North Carolina

With leaf season predicted to peak anywhere from mid-October to early November (depending on elevation and location), planning now on when and how to view the best fall foliage in North Carolina is advised. The Tar Heel State is home to stunning vistas, like Linn Cove Viaduct, and rolling foothills, like Hanging Rock, that each offer a unique perspective of the breathtaking autumns we’re so well known for. Follow this road trip map to discover some of the best things to do in fall in North Carolina and to make the most of our stunning leaf season.

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I’m SO excited fall and foliage season are quickly approaching, but now it’s time to start planning where to see fall colors in North Carolina this year! How do you plan to view foliage this season? Where are some of your favorite places to see the best fall foliage in North Carolina?

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What is the best time to see peak fall foliage in North Carolina?

Peak leaf-peeping in North Carolina is dependent upon many things and it’s always impossible to predict the exact date the leaves will begin their transformation. However, factoring in many of the expected variables, the Farmers’ Almanac predicts that in the regions of North Carolina that are more aligned with the mountain ranges, the peak dates should occur between around mid-to-late October. For those seeking a rusty red, bright yellow, and even burnt orange landscape nearer to the North Carolina coast, the dates will be slightly later, with a peak occurring sometime between mid-to-late October through early November.

What are the best places in North Carolina to see fall foliage?

Of course, the best places to see fall foliage in North Carolina are those that offer a long-range view of scenic mountains with color splashed all over their slopes. Virtually anywhere in Western North Carolina will have someplace nearby that takes visitors high enough in elevation to enjoy the splendors of fall. For more specific suggestions of places to see fall colors in North Carolina, follow the Fall Foliage Road Trip in the article above.

What are the best North Carolina hikes to take in the fall?

Autumn is one of the best seasons for hiking in North Carolina, especially when the colors are peaking in the mountains! For some of the best mountain trails to see fall foliage, head to Chimney Rock State Park, Hanging Rock State Park, and of course, the highest peak east of the Mississippi: Mt. Mitchell. Additionally, all of the trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway will immerse you in the bright colors of fall – if you time your hike for the peak fall foliage dates.