It’s almost peak color in Asheville, NC. In our favorite colorful North Carolina town, there are so many things you can do to take it all in. Visit Asheville NC this fall during peak color to experience all the vibrant and exciting activities this town has to offer. Let’s talk about peak color in Asheville, NC and how you should get out and enjoy it this year.

Peak Color Asheville NC

Asheville NC has one of the longest fall seasons of anywhere in the country. This colorful town enjoys 5 weeks of fall, beginning the last week of September, filling October, and lingering until after the first week in November. Colors around Asheville start to change based on elevation rather than by region. In September, you may notice some goldening of the trees at the highest ridges, around 6,000 feet. As the weeks of fall march on, the yellows, oranges, and reds will sink further into the deep valleys of the region. Asheville NC, which is located between 2,000 and 3,000 feet, will be in peak color around the last week in October. 

Although the day-to-day weather may affect this prediction, the best time to see fall colors around Asheville and the surrounding area will be mid to late October. The more sunshine there is, the faster the colors will change. Conversely, if steady rains roll in, the colors won’t change as quickly, but can be prolonged.

Best Ways to Enjoy Asheville NC Peak Color

Asheville NC is full of fun outdoor activities to get out and enjoy the peak color in and around town. Here are a few ideas to make the most of the fall this year.

Kayak on the French Broad River

The French Broad River which flows through part of Asheville NC is one of the most popular spots near town to enjoy the outdoors — and one of the most scenic for catching peak color. On this wide and varied speed river, you can float in tubes or raft in rapids, kayak the slow curves, fly fish on secluded streams, or paddle board through town. If water activities aren’t for you, you can explore the 2.8 miles of greenway trails along the river that connect various Asheville NC parks by bike or on foot.

Take a Tour of the Biltmore Estate

The Biltmore Estate is a manicured and impressive tourist stop located about 10 minutes from Asheville NC. Although in-house tours are limited due to the pandemic, visitors are welcome to tour the grounds that contain 30 acres of formal and informal gardens, and a brilliant chrysanthemum display in the walled garden to celebrate the season. 21+ guests can join the Wine and Vine Tour to sample 20 wines produced on the estate and see parts of the property usually off-limits to most regular guests. The Biltmore Estate offers a number of other outdoor activities, including horseback riding, fly fishing, and clay shooting. If you plan to visit during peak color, it’s best to call ahead for availability during the pandemic.

Hike to a Waterfall at DuPont State Forest

DuPont State Forest is a 40 mile drive from Asheville NC, almost to Hendersonville. It’s home to some of the region’s most beautiful waterfall hikes, made even more stunning when they’re framed in warm and bright fall colors. DuPont State Forest has over 80 miles of trails you can explore, but for optimal waterfall views, hike to Hooker, Triple, or High Falls. Pack a picnic for the turnaround point, and take some time to enjoy the scenery once you get there.

Explore North Carolina Arboretum

If you were impressed by the immaculate gardens at the Biltmore Estate, they are dwarfed by the 434-acre public gardens at the North Carolina Arboretum. The last two weeks of October are the best time to visit, but expect a crowd, because this is when the colors are most vibrant. From the thousands of brilliantly colored mums in the Quilt Garden, to the several small hikes through pine and mixed hardwood forests, there’s plenty to see and explore around this popular fall color spot. When you’ve taken it all in, stop for lunch at the Bent Tree Bistro located at the Arboretum.

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