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Fall Color - Tips for Leaf Season

When will the leaves be at their peak fall color on the Blue Ridge Parkway?

During the month of October, usually mid to late month, but it depends on your elevation. Leaves will begin changing first on the highest peaks and conclude in the lower elevations.

There is no simple formula for predicting fall color. The Parkway includes east and west facing slopes, and varies in elevation from just under 650 feet at James River in Virginia, to over 6,000 feet south of Mt. Pisgah in North Carolina.

Many visitors have been frustrated trying to go to one spot on one day in October, hoping to find the leaves in full color. A far better plan is to drive some distance on the Parkway, changing elevations and north-south orientation. Any one who does this around mid to late October will likely catch at least some sections at or very near their peak color.

Why does fall color vary year to year?

The intensity of fall color and time of peak color vary and are determined by complex environmental factors, as well as the genetic makeup of the plants themselves. The "best" fall color for an area occurs during the shortening days of autumn when days are bright, sunny and cool, when nights are cool but not below freezing, and when there has been ideal rainfall. Adequate rainfall also keeps the leaves on the trees longer and enhances the color. Wet, cloudy, warm weather or exceptionally low temperatures in early fall tend to mute the much anticipated autumnal display.

More Resources:

Call the Parkway Information Line to hear the latest Fall Color Report: (828) 298-0398, press option 3.

View Fall Color Reports from previous years

More on the Biology of Fall Color

Shenandoah Valley/Skyline Drive Fall Color Report

Virginia State Fall Foliage Information

Virginia Department of Forestry Fall Color Report

Fall Color Report for the Shenandoah Valley/Blue Ridge Parkway region from the Weather Channel

North Carolina State Fall Foliage Information

Fall Color Reports, Asheville North Carolina

Asheville Leaf Forecast and Guide

Great Smoky Mountains Fall Color

Tennesee Fall Color

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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 2:00 pm
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Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 10:00 am

Junior Forester Program

Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 10:30 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 2:00 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Thursday, August 6, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Thursday, August 6, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Thursday, August 6, 2015, 2:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, August 6, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair

Friday, August 7, 2015, 9:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Friday, August 7, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Friday, August 7, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Friday, August 7, 2015, 2:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, August 7, 2015, 7:00 pm
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NatureFest

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, June 6, 2015, 6:30 pm

Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 9:00 am

Wood Day at the Folk Art Center

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 10:00 am

Upstairs Tour of Cone Manor

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 12:00 pm

The Black Dog Music and BBQ Festival

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 2:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 7:00 pm

The Lives of the Stars

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 8:00 pm

Saturday Night Square Dances

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 8:00 pm

New Horizons to Pluto

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 9:00 pm
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Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Sunday, August 9, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Sunday, August 9, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Sunday, August 9, 2015, 12:00 pm

Beer and Brats

Sunday, August 9, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Sunday, August 9, 2015, 2:00 pm

Group Painting

Sunday, August 9, 2015, 2:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, August 9, 2015, 2:00 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Monday, August 10, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Monday, August 10, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Monday, August 10, 2015, 2:00 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 2:00 pm

Monthly Old Time Music Jam

Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 6:00 pm
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Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 2:00 pm
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70th Semi-Annual Gettysburg Fall Bluegrass Festival

Thursday, August 13, 2015, 6:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Thursday, August 13, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Thursday, August 13, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Thursday, August 13, 2015, 2:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, August 13, 2015, 7:00 pm
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70th Semi-Annual Gettysburg Fall Bluegrass Festival

Friday, August 14, 2015, 6:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Friday, August 14, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Friday, August 14, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Friday, August 14, 2015, 2:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, August 14, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 6:00 pm

70th Semi-Annual Gettysburg Fall Bluegrass Festival

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, June 6, 2015, 6:30 pm

Upstairs Tour of Cone Manor

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 2:00 pm

Classic Car Cruise-In

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 3:00 pm

Blue Ridge Music Center Presents Spencer Branch with Mickey Galyean & Cullen's Bridge

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 7:00 pm

Twilight Hike @ Peaks of Otter

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 7:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 7:00 pm

Saturday Night Square Dances

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 8:00 pm
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Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic

Sunday, August 16, 2015, 6:00 pm

70th Semi-Annual Gettysburg Fall Bluegrass Festival

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Orienteering Treasure Hunt

Sunday, August 16, 2015, 10:00 am

Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Sunday, August 16, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Sunday, August 16, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Sunday, August 16, 2015, 12:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Sunday, August 16, 2015, 2:00 pm

Mountain Music Series

Sunday, August 16, 2015, 2:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, August 16, 2015, 2:00 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Monday, August 17, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Monday, August 17, 2015, 12:00 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 12:00 pm

93rd Annual South Mountain Fair

Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 4:00 pm
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Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 12:00 pm

93rd Annual South Mountain Fair

Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 4:00 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Thursday, August 20, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Thursday, August 20, 2015, 12:00 pm

93rd Annual South Mountain Fair

Thursday, August 20, 2015, 4:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, August 20, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Friday, August 21, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Friday, August 21, 2015, 12:00 pm

93rd Annual South Mountain Fair

Friday, August 21, 2015, 4:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, August 21, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 6:30 pm

Upstairs Tour of Cone Manor

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 10:00 am

6th Annual Roanoke Wing Fest

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 11:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 12:00 pm

2nd Gettysburg Brew Fest

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 4:00 pm

93rd Annual South Mountain Fair

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 4:00 pm

Blue Ridge Music Center Presents Redhead Express with The Walker Boys

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 7:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 7:00 pm

Saturday Night Square Dances

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 8:00 pm
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Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 12:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 2:00 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Monday, August 24, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Monday, August 24, 2015, 12:00 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 12:00 pm
26

Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 12:00 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Thursday, August 27, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Thursday, August 27, 2015, 12:00 pm

Peak Perfection Vintner Dinner

Thursday, August 27, 2015, 6:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, August 27, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Friday, August 28, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Friday, August 28, 2015, 12:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, August 28, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, August 29, 2015, 6:30 pm

Upstairs Tour of Cone Manor

Saturday, August 29, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Saturday, August 29, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Saturday, August 29, 2015, 12:00 pm

The Blue Ridge Music Center Presents Steep Canyon Rangers with Mountain Park Old Time Band

Saturday, August 29, 2015, 7:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, August 29, 2015, 7:00 pm

Saturday Night Square Dances

Saturday, August 29, 2015, 8:00 pm
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Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Sunday, August 30, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Sunday, August 30, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Sunday, August 30, 2015, 12:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, August 30, 2015, 2:00 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Monday, August 31, 2015, 10:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Monday, August 31, 2015, 12:00 pm
         

Highlights & Happenings

  • Parkway Visitor Center, MP 384
  • Visitors traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway can now make one stop to learn about the entire 469 miles and 73-year history of the Parkway. The Parkway Visitor Center opened in 2008 and unveiled innovative, high-tech interactive exhibits. The LEED-certif
  • Julian Price Memorial Park, MP 297
  • A majestic 4,200 acres at the foot of Grandfather Mountain, named in honor of Julian Price, comprises this popular park and lies directly adjacent to the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. Together these parks make up the largest developed area set as
  • Humpback Rocks, MP 5.8
  • At the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Humpback Rocks is perhaps the best representation of the varied combination of natural and cultural resources anywhere along the Parkway corridor. Visitors can tour a collection of nineteenth century far
  • Blue Ridge Music Center
  • The Blue Ridge Music Center is a state-of-the-art performing arts facility built to preserve and promote the historic music of Virginia and the Blue Ridge. The Blue Ridge region has produced more old-time and bluegrass musicians per capita than any o
  • James River & Otter Creek, MP 60-63.8
  • At the lowest elevation along the Parkway, visitors can hike, camp, fish, have a picnic, and see restored Battery Creek Lock from the Kanawha Canal.
  • Peaks of Otter, MP 86
  • With stunning views, natural beauty, and the surrounding Jefferson National Forest, it’s no wonder the Peaks of Otter area has attracted people to the region for more than 8,000 years.
  • Cumberland Knob, MP 217.5
  • Located near the Virginia state line, Cumberland Knob is the site where construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway began in 1935. It was the first recreation area opened to the public and remains a favorite destination for both locals and visitors. The m
  • Civil War Sesquicentennial
  • 2015 marks the 150th year anniversary of when the last shot east of the Mississippi was fired during the Civil War, which rang out in present-day Waynesville.
  • Parkway Road Conditions
  • An open Parkway is a safe Parkway. Be sure to check road conditions online or by phone before you travel and during your visit.
  • Hiking Trails
  • A journey on the Blue Ridge Parkway offers motorists spectacular views of Southern Appalachia’s diverse beauty for 469.1 uninterrupted miles.
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner
  • The 66th edition of the Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner is your ultimate source for planning a trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains.
  • Camping
  • Camping is one way visitors traveling through the Blue Ridge Parkway can spend the night under the stars in one of America’s most beautiful natural settings.
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