Every year visitors flock to Asheville, NC to view the breathtaking changing colors of the leaves and many vow to return to call this charming mountain town home. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains and surrounded by National Forests and the Blue Ridge Parkway , this proves to be one of the finest places to view the changing seasons. Voted #1 on Trip Advisor for top Foliage Destinations in 2010 and it is always on the list of great places to view the changing colors. The smell of Fall is in the air and drifting from the mountain tops that are visible from all parts of Asheville.
Within a few miles of downtown and accessible from many directions you will want to take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway to see some of the most breathtaking views.
Mid October to November have been the best times for witnessing this transformational beauty but nature has its own timing and at times it is hard to forecast. That is the beauty of living in Asheville as you are here to witness the distinctive changing of all the seasons. One morning you awaken to think the trees have plotted together during the night and decided to burst with color before dawn.
The leaves are almost aflame with colors of red, gold, orange and yellow. While driving around the mountains of Asheville the smells of fires burning and apple cider waft their way into your senses confirming that Fall is in the air. The sounds of the leaves crunching under your feet as you take a hike on one of the many mountain trails will remain with you as a reminder of the peaceful and relaxing beauty of being in nature. As you meander along the Blue Ridge Parkway you will seem to go in and out of different worlds as you go through tunnels and stop to look at the many overpasses.
If you are the adventurous type and not afraid of heights you can stop at Mt. Mitchell the highest mountain east of the Mississippi and hike to the top to get an even more awesome view. Be sure to have your camera ready to capture the moments although these breathtaking sights are likely to remain a part of you for years to come. The beauty of change is in the air and awaiting you to come experience the magic of Fall and the leaf season in Asheville, NC.
Story and Photos by Debbie Pustorino