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Fall Color Season
Weekly Fall Leaf Report
October 17, 2016
Peaks from early-October to early-November

October 19, 2016
Additional Tours & Itineraries

The beautiful fall color show is painting the landscape in the Hendersonville area. Dogwoods and Sourwoods are changing to a deep red, Maples are displaying colors of red, yellow and orange; Sumacs are showing a rich red and Tulip Poplars, touches of yellow can be seen.

The best color can be found around 3,000-4,000 feet, Hendersonville is located at 2,200 feet above sea level. The many hiking trails are blooming with colorful fall flowers such as: black-eyed Susans, asters, Joe Pye weed, goldenrod, wild sunflowers, and virgin's bower. Leaf lookers should find peak color in the Hendersonville area in about 2 weeks.

  Apple Orchards & Pumpkins Patches
  North Carolina is the 7th largest apple-producing state in the nation and Henderson County is the largest apple-producing county in North Carolina and grows 85 percent of the apples in the state. The apple picking season has come to a close. Fresh apples, cider, pumpkins, gourds, baked goods, and many other items are available at the many roadside apple markets located throughout Henderson County. Most orchards open for the season in late-August until the end of October. There are several orchards that remain open until early- December. Check the apple directory for variety of apples grown and openings.
Apple Orchard Directory

                                                                  Suggested Locations for Fall Color  

The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most popular destinations for leaf lookers, it is located approximately 15 miles from Hendersonville. Mount Pisgah is one of the many scenic locations along the Parkway, it is 5,700 feet above sea level and offers panoramic. The best color this week will be found in elevations around 4,000-3,000 feet along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Parkway's 469 toll-free miles combine an awesome natural beauty, mountain forests, wildlife, wildflowers and magnificent views. The Parkway was designed especially for leisure travel and enjoyment. Check the Blue Ridge Parkway web site for road closures. Please drive carefully on the Parkway and use patience.

Pisgah National Forest is another favorite destination for fall color. The Pisgah National Forest's 501,691 acres stretches across the eastern edge of Western North Carolina's mountains. The Forest offers hiking trails, fishing, camping, picnic sites, and spectacular waterfalls. Some of Pisgah National Forest's attractions include Looking Glass Falls, Sliding Rock, Fish Hatchery, Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and The Cradle of Forestry. The Forest is located 18 miles west of Hendersonville. (828) 877-3265

DuPont State Recreational Forest is a suggestion for viewing fall color on foot. The forest encompasses 10,268 acres in Henderson and Transylvania counties.  It includes four spectacular waterfalls and 80 miles of roads and trails wandering through mountainous terrain. Fishing is allowed with a valid NC fishing license.  Take a self-guided driving tour to the forest, for fall hiking to some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Western North Carolina. DuPont State Forest is located approximately 12 miles from Downtown Hendersonville. Many scenes from the movie, The Hunger Games, were shot in Dupont. High Falls parking lot, 1300 Staton Rd, Cedar Mountain, NC. (828) 877-6527 GPS Coordinates: 35.18856,-82.632936

Estimated Dates for Peak Color
Early -October: Elevations of 5,000 feet north of Asheville will show the most color, especially around the areas of Mount Mitchell, Grandfather Mountain.

Mid-October: In elevations greater than 4,000 feet, southwest of Asheville on the Blue Ridge Parkway will be showing color around Mount Pisgah, Devil's Courthouse, and Graveyard Fields. The Blue Ridge Parkway is located 15 miles north of Hendersonville.

Late-October: Colorful hiking spots include Jump Off Rock, Dupont State Recreational Forest, the Carl Sandburg Home and Holmes State Forest. Take a scenic fall driving tour of Hendersonville & Flat Rock or tour Henderson County's apple country.

Early-November: The Hickory Nut Gorge area of Chimney Rock and Lake Lure should be peaking. Lake Lure is located 14 miles east of Hendersonville. The small towns of Saluda, Tryon & Columbus in the foothills of Western North Carolina offers scenic overlooks, Pearson's Falls, equestrian events and hiking at FENCE and quiet back roads. Polk County is located 9 east miles of Hendersonville.

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