A combination of summer rainfall and cool September nights have helped bring out the colors in the higher elevations of western North Carolina.
The N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation says travelers can keep track of peak color through park ranger reports available online at VisitNC.com, Updates will keep visitors posted on how fall color is progressing across North Carolina.
The fall season lasts from late September into December.
Sept. 29: Eno River State Park – We still have a lot of green, with the exception of Tulip poplars turning gold and brown. Dogwoods are turning red and purple. And the Sweetgums are starting to show color as well.
Sept. 27: South Mountains State Park – We still have a lot of green because of our lower elevations, but the first hint of fall color is peeking out of the South Mountains. Currently, a few of the maples, tulip poplars, sweet gums and chestnut oaks are showing some color.
Sept. 27: Hanging Rock State Park – We still have a lot of green. Sourwood and dogwoods are turning a nice red color. During the next week we expect more color in the dogwoods, birch, beech, walnuts and sassafras.
Sept. 27: Mount Mitchell State Park – The top of Mount Mitchell, being mostly spruce and fir, remains green. There are numerous areas along Highway 128 where the beeches and birches are turning yellow and the oaks brown. The surrounding hillsides are beginning to fade from summer green to the light greens of autumn prior to putting on their fall colors. The mountain ash berries are a brilliant red.