North Carolina’s mountains are home to some amazing scenery. During the autumn months, these landscapes are full of beautiful changing leaves. This fall foliage draws visitors from far and wide. We present the top five places to see fall foliage in the Carolinas this fall. But first let’s explore why the colors change.
Why Do Leaves Change Color?
During the spring and summer months, chlorophyll in leaves produces energy for trees. When the temperature and level of sunlight change in the autumn, that compound breaks down. As this happens, the green color disappears. The carotenes and xanthophyll pigments now become visible. These oranges and yellows are known for their beauty. Any area at an elevation of 3,500 feet or more will have heightened color. This is why the mountainous terrain in North Carolina is such a good place to see them. Leaf peeping season in North Carolina lasts from October to mid November.
Where To See Foliage
Highlands, NC is a small town with a sophisticated feel. Nestled within the Southern Appalachian Mountains, this is a great area for hiking and spending time in nature. The fall foliage in and around Highlands – with an elevation of 4,118 feet – is stunning. Cultural activities abound in Highlands. There are also great accommodations, including The Park on Main®. This hotel is a pet-friendly, luxurious place to rest after a hike in the great outdoors. The
The Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, NC also provide a wonderful show of fall color. Like Highlands, the Asheville area is over 3,500 feet. The leaves put on a show. Asheville is a college town. In addition to the natural scenery, there are wonderful art collections in that city.
Goose Creek, SC is a great place to see beautiful autumn leaves. Goose Creek is a Navy town, and home to many young families. Residents of Goose Creek are active and enthusiastic about the outdoors.
Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Brevard, NC is the seat of Transylvania County. The nearby DuPont and Pisgah National Forests are two great places to hike and take in the scenery.
Hendersonville, NC is a place to visit during the autumn months. It is home to beautiful foliage as well as apple orchards. Hiking and apple picking are local favorites. For travelers who love the outdoors, Brevard is a perfect autumn destination.
Don’t miss North Carolina’s fall foliage. Make sure to make reservations at The Park on Main®, which offers 24 luxury suites and abundant natural scenery.
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