The Catawba Falls trail will close on May 2, 2022, and remain closed until spring of 2023. The popular Old Fort area trail will be closed for 9-12 months to ensure the safety of the public and construction crews building retaining walls, boardwalks, staircases, and overlooks. Click the "Play" icon to find alternative waterfall and hiking trails.

Sept. 14, 2016, 4:15 p.m.

Blue Ridge Travelers' Fall Color Report - Week 2

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This is the second of our weekly, fall foilage reports.   Dr. Howard Neufeld recently predicted the 2016 fall color season will be spectacular AND we can look forward to an extended fall color season.  

Today, I visited the North Cove, Linville Falls communities and a region of our Blue Ridge Parkway area.  Elevations range from 1,800 to 3,500 feet above sea level.  There is a little more color this week, with Sassafras, Beech, Dogwoods and a few Maples beginning to change color.  This time of year, you'll also see changes in huckleberries, blueberries turning darker and bright red berries on Mountain Ash.  There are so many tree varieties in western North Carolina, well over 100.  

The Blue Ridge Parkway section between Milepost 316 and 331 includes overlooks for the North Toe Valley, Hefner Gap and the Chestoa Trail.  Today's Parkway temperature ranges from 73 to 75, exhilerating!  

Of course, fall color peaks first at the higher elevations.  This year's forecast indicates the first week in October is peak season for trees between Mt. Mitchell and Linville Falls.  As the season progresses, colors will descend the highest peaks into our foothills communities of Marion, Old Fort and Lake James.  Literally, you could visit each week in October and enjoy fall colors in new and varying venues.  Follow our Facebook page, Blue Ridge Traveler, to see recent photos.

We're here to help you plan your fall escape!  Call to receive a visitor guide and map.  888-233-6111