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Last Sunday, my family and I piled in the car to seek out North Carolina leaf colors in higher elevations. After some research, we decided the scenic drive to Mount Mitchell would give us the best chance of seeing fall leaves.
We really started seeing pops of color along the hairpin turning Buck Creek Road, although my motion sickness prevented me from seeing a lot of it. Luckily, we ended up on the Parkway which was much better since I could get out for fresh air at the overlooks.
The leaves definitely have a ways to go before showing off those North Carolina leaf colors we all love to see. Higher elevations such as Mount Mitchell do not have any color at all, so I recommend lower elevations. Hopefully I can get back to the mountains once more this season to see the leaves again before they are gone!
Check out my pictures of North Carolina leaf colors below to see the current colors along the Blue Ridge Parkway on the drive to Mount Mitchell. Are you planning a trip to the NC mountains soon? If so, see the links below the pictures for fall leaf reports and more.
Pictures of North Carolina Leaf Colors on the scenic drive to Mount Mitchell
NC Mountain Leaf Colors Resources:
- Explore Asheville’s Weekly Fall Color Report
- Appalachian State’s Fall Color Map for 2017
- Romantic Asheville’s Fall Foliage Forecast 2017, NC Mountains
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