For many who plan a trip to enjoy the fall colors found in states across the country, thoughts immediately go to the far eastern coast of the country and states including Vermont and Maine. While these states may be most well-known for their vast and beautiful forests, fall colors abound in other states as well including North Carolina, more specifically the Piedmont and Mountains regions of the state. Ultimate Excursions invites you to take a closer look at these amazing regions for fall travel.
Home a portion of the Great Smoky Mountains and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, this part of the country welcomes millions of visitors each year each October. Brilliant orange, red and yellow highlighted by gorgeous blue skies, make for some of the most stunning images fall has to offer in the U.S.
Where is the Piedmont region?
The Piedmont region of North Carolina is a massive area in the center of the state which includes gently rolling hills, mountains, forests, shopping, golfing, historic sites and much more. The most well-known of these urban area include Asheboro, Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte and Winston Salem, just to name a few. When fall arrives however, the real stars of the show are the sprawling wilderness areas.
When to go – for fall colors in the Piedmont Region, plan on visiting during the month of October. Mid to late October are generally the best times for leaf peeping.
Home to a portion of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Mountain Region of North Carolina includes the left hand side of the state all the way to the town of Hickory, where the Piedmont begins. This region of the state is most well- known for urban areas including Jefferson and Ashville. Like the Piedmont however, the millions of visitors who make their way here each fall, do so for the fall colors and the most popular destination of all, the Blue Ridge Mountains. One of the most visited of all tourist destinations in the country, the Blue Ridge Mountains are home to the Blue Ridge Parkway, the number one attraction in the National Park Service. Here, visitors can enjoy stunning fall colors, beautiful warm fall days and crisp fall nights. In fact, this area is known for having not only one of the longest but the most vibrant fall color seasons in the country.
When to go – for fall colors in the Mountain Region, plan on visiting during the months of September and October, all the way to early November.
Whether you choose the Piedmont Region or the Mountain Region, North Carolina will not disappoint in fall.
No matter where you are planning on taking in the fall colors this year, you can find a link to how the colors are progressing by visiting the new Forest Service website. In an effort to keep people informed of the progression, the US Forest Service is working together with Yonder, an easy app designed for sharing information from outdoor lovers with a community of other outdoor lovers. You can download the app for free and find out more about the colors by visiting the USDA website here.