Fall Colors in North Carolina

photo by dkirkland

photo by dkirkland

We are so lucky to live in North Carolina during the fall!  This is one of the prettiest seasons of the year!!  You can see the the vibrant autumn colors on the fall foliage from the mountains to the coast.  The changing of the leaves occurs at different times in the fall in different parts of our state.  The colors of the leaves in the Mountains will usually peak first, followed by the leaves in the Piedmont and then the leaves in the Coastal area.

Now until early November, the Mountain foliage will be the most vibrant.  Some trees on the highest parts of the mountains may have lost their leaves, but it is certainly worth a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway to enjoy some the autumn colors.

For more information on the Blue Ridge parkway, visit:  http://www.blueridgeparkway.org/

The Piedmont section of our state includes Charlotte – Mecklenburg, the Triad (Winston-Salem, High Point and Greensboro)  and the Triangle (Raleigh, Durham andChapel Hill).  Charlotte is at 50% peak coloration and our area of Raleigh is at 25% peak coloration.  The Raleigh area should reach its peak fall foliage the week of November 12th. For a scenic look at our fall foliage, take a drive north on Six Forks Road to view the forest surrounding Falls Lake.  A great place to visit is  Blue Jay County Park.

For more information on Blue Jay County Park, visit:   http://www.wakegov.com/parks/bluejay/Pages/default.aspx

photo by dkirkland

photo by dkirkland

The Coastal areas are the last sections to develop peak coloration. That area should peak around the week of November 19th.

For more detailed information about the fall foliage in North Carolina, visit:  http://www.visitnc.com/journeys/articles/fall-color-l-fall-fishing/1/2012-fall-color-reports


foliage – leaves

peak – the highest or best point

vibrant – bright

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