Autumn is one of the best times of the year to visit the Asheville, NC, area.
Leaves will turn at the highest elevations first, so early October will prove to be spectacular if you are able to visit Craggy Gardens, Mt Mitchell, Grandfather Mountain, and any lookout view around 5000 ft elev.
Early to mid October will offer up beautiful colors in the areas closer to our cabins. Mount Pisgah (only a 1 hour drive) and Devil’s Courthouse will turn shortly after the highest elevation, and if early predictions are correct, hold on to the color longer than usual.
Mid to late October will bring the color to our area in Asheville. The trees of central Asheville will be speckled with orange and red. The best place to see these
colors will be not far from Willow Winds (only a 5 minute drive) – on the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. Closer to the end of October, the lower elevations near the foothills of western North Carolina will begin to take on the autumnal changes. This is a beautiful time to visit Chimney Rock Park near the Lake Lure, NC area.
While the weekends are booking up quickly, here at Willow Winds we are still offering warm, welcoming cabins during the week. There is no better way to view these colors than on your own mountain porch, nestled in woodland tranquility. And, the weekdays are great for sightseeing on the Blue Ridge Parkway since traffic tends to hit its peak on October weekends! This season’s changes will be a perfect introduction to someone new to Western North Carolina and the beauty that autumn brings to our area. And to those who are regular visitors – expect a display unlike any other for 2015.
(Not so) fun fact!: the leaves of poison ivy and poison oak plants tend to turn before surrounding plants, so if a particular bush stands out, beware!