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It's All You Need to Know About the Leaves

Fall is a beautiful time of year! The leaves have one last hurrah before tumbling to the ground in October and November. In this section you will find tips on taking better fall photographs, fun puzzles for kids, activities for young and old, a guide to fall colors, and an up-to-date leaf watch with periodic photos from the mountains of Western North Carolina and the Upstate of South Carolina.
 
Weekly Fall Foliage reports begin September 23 and will be posted each Wednesday until November 4, 2015. Click here to see the reports.

 

November 7, 2015 Fall Foliage Update - November 4, 2015

This is the final week of the 2015 Fall Foliage Primer. Greenville, SC is at its peak color. Color in Asheville and Hendersonville is waning. Waynesville and the High Country of Boone and Valle Crucis are well on their way to stick season. There's still lots to do - many events and happenings. Late fall and winter are great times to explore what's outside through hikes, skiing, snowshoeing, and more.

October 28, 2015 Fall Foliage Update - October 28, 2015

The sixth week of the Fall Foliage Primer finds Valle Crucis and Boone along with Waynesville a little passed their peak colors, but there is still color to be found. Asheville is at peak, along with Hendersonville. And Greenville is looking toward peak next week. There are lots of scary events to enjoy in all areas including trick or treating, corn mazes, and the Ghost Train at Tweetsie.

October 21, 2015 Fall Foliage Update - October 21, 2015

This week's Fall Foliage Primer report has full color appearing in Asheville and Hendersonville with more color still revealing itself in Greenville. Waynesville has good color. In Valle Crucis and Boone, stick season is seeing its beginnings, but in sheltered and lower elevations, there is still surprisingly good color.

October 14, 2015 Fall Foliage Update - October 14, 2015

The fourth week of the Fall Foliage Primer finds lots and lots of color in the High Country. Most areas there are reaching peak or just past peak. Other areas are seeing more color revealed every day. Notable events this week include the Valle Country Fair and Woolly Worm Festival in the High Country and the Haywood Apple Harvest Festival in Waynesville. Click to explore more events and suggestions to enjoy fall color.

October 6, 2015 Fall Foliage Update - October 7, 2015

The third report of the 2015 Fall Foliage Primer season finds us all drying out from over a week of rainy, soggy weather. More and more color is beginning to peek out from under its green cloak of summer. The higher elevations (4,000 feet plus) are reaching high color. Still no frost to hasten the colors, but there's still a lot to see and do. Give the post a click and find out more.

September 30, 2015 Fall Foliage Update - September 30, 2015

This is the second report of the 2015 Fall Foliage Primer season. Most areas are reporting some pretty soggy conditions from the rain we've had over the last week. More is in the forecast, but the colors are undetered. More color is slowly appearing. Lots of great activities to enjoy this weekend. The reporters have made some great suggestions for driving tours, events, and hikes.

September 23, 2015 Fall Foliage Update - September 23, 2015

This is the first report of the 2015 Fall Foliage Primer. Most areas are seeing at least some color beginning to emerge. Lots of great activities to enjoy this weekend and the weather looks to be mild, but perhaps a little damp.

November 5, 2014 Fall Foliage Update - November 5, 2014

This is the seventh and final week of the 2014 Fall Foliage Primer. What a great year for color! This week we find the best color in Greenville. They have some trees still waiting to turn, with others displaying their full glory. Other reporting areas have spotty color and entering the stick season. We hope you've enjoyed the journey and will share the site with others. We'll see you again next year!

October 29, 2014 Fall Foliage Update - October 29, 2014

The sixth week of the Fall Foliage Primer finds Asheville hitting its best color, and Greenville is still heading toward peak and has some areas of high color. There are lots of events, including Halloween festivals, trick or treating, Ghost Train at Tweetsie, and Art Walks to look forward to. Bundle up because we are going to encounter a bit of winter on Saturday. It will be short lived, but will be cold enough to have to pull out the coats and gloves. See what the reporters are recommending this week and happy leaf looking.

October 22, 2014 Fall Foliage Update - October 22, 2014

The fifth week of the Fall Foliage Primer finds Boone, Valle Crucis, and most of Waynesville past their peak color time. Asheville and Hendersonville are there or just before their best color, and Greenville is pushing toward peak, too. There are lots of events, including corn mazes, haunted trails, hit-n-miss engine displays, and lots of music. See what the reporters are recommending this week.

October 15, 2014 Fall Foliage Update - October 15, 2014

It's the fourth week of the 2014 Fall Foliage Primer, and we are full-blown into the biggest weekend for fall festivals in Western North Carolina. Waynesville is celebrating the Haywood Apple Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 18. The Valle Country Fair is on October 18 in Valle Crucis and the Woolly Worm Festival is in Banner Elk on October 18 and 19. Fall colors are past peak in higher elevations. Middle elevations are reaching peak color (Boone and Valle Crucis) and trying to weather a bout with wind and rain. Greenville, Asheville, and perhaps Waynesville still have some color to come!

October 7, 2014 Fall Foliage Update - October 8, 2014

It's the third week of the 2014 Fall Foliage Primer, and we are seeing some areas reaching their peak color. There are higher elevations near Linville, NC and Waynesville, NC. And there are many local festivals to enjoy, like Fall for Greenvile in Greenville, SC, the Church Street Festival in Downtown Waynesville, and the Boone Heritage Festival.

September 30, 2014 October 1, 2014 - Fall Foliage Update

The second week of the 2014 Fall Foliage Primer sees a bit more color beginning to show from all reporting areas. The big show is not on stage yet, but the preliminary acts are noteworthy. There are lots of events in all areas for all to enjoy.

September 22, 2014 September 24, 2014 - Fall Foliage Update

The first report of year 13 for the Fall Foliage Primer contains lots of green. Reporters ask you not to look up so much as to look down and all around. There is fall color to be had already, but it's found in the regions wildflowers and even mushrooms. The weather is changing with temperatures dipping into the 50s at night (and some 40s), and that means the big show is about to start.

November 6, 2013 Fall Foliage Update - November 6, 2013

It's Week Seven, and the final week, of the 2013 Fall Foliage Primer. The colors are still reaching toward their total peak in Greenville, and as you'll see in the photos, there is still good color in Hendersonville and Asheville. You might even find a few places of good color in Waynesville. The High Country has mostly various shades of browns with some evergreens, but it's still pretty in its own way. Soon, we'll all be thinking about a special evergreen. Hope you've enjoyed the color reports this year and that you'll join us next year. Please read on...

October 30, 2013 Fall Foliage Update - October 30, 2013

It's Week Six of the 2013 Fall Foliage Primer. This week we are looking at the Asheville and Waynesville areas reaching peak in some areas while some are still transitioning (as you can see by the thumbnail). Hendersonville is lagging a bit, but color is certainly there for the observation. Our Greenville reporter feels like their peak color is a week or two away, but there are still some colorful places to enjoy.

October 23, 2013 Fall Foliage Update - October 23, 2013

Week Five of the 2013 Fall Foliage Primer finds us with some areas having seen their full color while others are reaching for theirs. Waynesville, Hendersonville, and Asheville are striving to reach the peak. Some areas may find it this weekend, while others will lag behind just a bit. In Greenville, more color is beginning to appear, but their full color is still a ways off. In the High Country, Boone and Valle Crucis, there are still areas of color, but it is becoming a bit more spotty...but in some places the trees are just beginning to show color (go figure!).

October 16, 2013 Fall Foliage Update - October 16, 2013

Week Four of the 2013 Fall Foliage Primer is filled with some high color and lots of festivals. In the High Country there are some places that are pushing their peak color, some that have just recently passed their peak, and others that are just beginning to turn. Other areas are starting to put out the decorations for the fall party - more brightly-colored highlights are starting to appear. Lots of festivals and things to see and do. Please read on to find out more.

October 9, 2013 Fall Foliage Update - October 9, 2013

Here we are at Week Three of the 2013 Fall Foliage Primer. Some cooler nights have made their way into the fall mix with the High Country having a couple of nights with light frost. You know what that means...the real show is just around the corner. All areas are showing more color than last week. With the color also come the festivals...the calendar is filling up. The weather forecast is perfect to enjoy whatever you like - going to festivals, going for a hike, or just taking in the view.

October 2, 2013 Fall Foliage Update - October 2, 2013

Welcome to Week Two of the 2013 Fall Foliage Primer. While the colors are still pretty sparse, they are a bit more prevalent than they were last week. Yellows, reds, and oranges are beginning to peek out from under their green cloaks. The weather forecast for the rest of the week looks to be warm and sunny, so we'll look forward to helping you explore all of the trails and other beautiful places this weekend. You'll also find several activities and events to enjoy, too.

September 25, 2013 September 25, 2013 - Fall Foliage Update

It's the first week of our 13th year reporting about the fall colors in North and South Carolina. This week's report is overall ... Green. But there is a bit of color appearing here and there. You will find some beautiful wildflowers in all areas that are blooming prolifically. And, it's also the start of Fall Festival season. Our reporters have prepared a few recommendations that we think you'll enjoy.