The Best Times And Places To View Fall Foliage In South Carolina

You may be asking yourself “Where did summer go?” We know the feeling, but never fear! With the incoming fall season there are some brightly colored days ahead in the Palmetto State. Each year at this time everyone is always asking the 64 million dollar question about the peak leaf-peeping dates, so if you’re thinking ahead and wondering when to see fall colors in South Carolina, then here are some insights about the best dates for each part of the state – as determined by the experts at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

We’ve also taken the liberty to add our own suggestions about attractions where you can soak in the sights and the smells of autumn in South Carolina.

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The closer you get to the coast, the less you’ll notice them, but follow these guidelines for when to see falls colors in South Carolina and you’ll be ahead of the game. What are your plans for viewing the best fall colors in the Palmetto State this year? We’d love to know in our comments.

For more seasonal autumn fun, check out these South Carolina country roads that are pure bliss in the fall.

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When To See Fall Colors In South Carolina

August 14, 2019

What is there to do in South Carolina in the fall?

South Carolina’s year-round mild climate means you can enjoy outdoor activities nearly all year in the Palmetto State. But if it’s wholesome family fun you seek, then fall is a great season to enjoy only moderate temperatures while partaking in some of the state’s best outdoor adventures and attractions. From state parks to the state’s beaches, fall is a wonderful time to enjoy the great outdoors.

In addition, the fall season welcomes may fall and harvest festivals taking place between September and December that offer wonderful opportunities to explore the Palmetto State – one small town at a time. From Walhalla’s Oktoberfest (third weekend in October) to Irmo’s Okra Strut (last weekend in September) and many more, you’re sure to find a fall festival you’ll want to return to year after year. (View some of theme here.)

Where can I see the best fall foliage in South Carolina?

Those visiting from the North may find South Carolina’s fall foliage a bit perplexing. Perhaps the first state moving southward where colors don’t have a dramatic statewide transformation, the Palmetto State has an oddball peak fall foliage map. Follow the expected guidelines for peak dates in the article above and make plans to visit the Upstate during the peak weeks to guarantee you’ll see the most dramatic fall colors possible in South Carolina.

For ways to enjoy the fall foliage this year, take a scenic drive on one of the state’s scenic byways. Nothing beats a drive through the countryside when seeking out fall colors. You can also make plans to take a fall foliage hike on one of these short and sweet trails! How ever you choose to enjoy the transformation, getting outdoors and exploring the state promises to be not only fun, but also beautiful during autumn.

Why should I visit South Carolina in the fall?

Visiting South Carolina any time of year brings a wealth of ways to enjoy the state. Soon after school starts back in the fall, most family vacations have come to an end for the season so a visit in the fall offers both cooler temperatures and less humidity, as well as fewer other people clamoring to see the same sights you’re headed to see.

Regardless of the time of year you head to South Carolina, the trip will be filled with memories to last a lifetime.