Young people are prepping for the new school year, the air is almost getting a chill in the mornings, and the change in our foliage is soon to show why this is the most popular time of the year to visit. Don't let this season slip away without coming to see us, it must be seen to be believed!

SO the question is: when will the leaves be at peak color? Unfortunately, it is impossible to predict with 100% accuracy when the leaves will change. So many factors are at play - rainfall during the summer and early fall, temperature shifts at the beginning of autumn, all play a role. It can occur in mid-October, or it can peak in early November. It can last almost a month, or the leaves can drop a week after turning. Here is a good timeline to follow for typical leaf change by elevation.

*First Week of October : Highest elevations (5,000 and above) will start to change. This will be noticeable at Mount Mitchell, Grandfather Mountain, Graveyard Fields and Craggy Gardens.

*Second Week of October: Dropping down to 4,000 ft, with the Great Smoky Mountains, Devil's Courthouse and Mount Pisgah showing color this week.

*Third Week of October: Elevations of 3000-4000 ft will likely become brilliant with color this week. Visit Looking Glass Falls, it is beautiful year round but in October it is even more breath-taking.

*Fourth Week: It's time for our area to show off! Asheville leaves tend to hit their peak the last week of October. Hop on the Blue Ridge Parkway to get the best views.

*Into November: The lower elevation areas such as Chimney Rock turn last, so you can catch a little color even if you can't visit in October.

Most of our weekends in October are already booked, but consider a weekday stay. Asheville can be hectic the month of October, and weekends mean more traffic on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and a very crowded Biltmore house and downtown. Weekdays offer a much more relaxed pace. Give us a call to see what is still available at (800)235-2474. There is nothing like waking up to a chilled morning, and admiring the foliage from your cabin porch (a hot cup of coffee is optional, but highly recommended).