Have you heard about the remarkable autumn colors in Asheville, North Carolina? Experts believe that the combination of heat and cool days will lead to an excellent autumn hue season that extends into November. Leaf peepers from across the country flock to the Blue Ridge Mountains to witness the autumn’s leaf changes. With six weeks of brilliantly colored leaves waving a warm welcome to visitors, Asheville, North Carolina, is one of the country’s best locations for fall colors. The higher elevations begin to show autumn colors in late September and continue until mid-November in the lower valleys and around the city of Asheville.
Leaf peepers traveling to Asheville to see the foliage are also treated to some of the most vibrant colors of the season. Dogwoods, maples, and sourwoods are among the many trees that sport brilliant shades of red, rust, coral, and gold. How will this year’s color progression look? Local experts predict how the season’s colors will evolve annually.
Experts predict the 2022 Asheville Fall Forecast
According to Dr. Howard Neufeld, professor of plant eco-physiology at Appalachian State University and “Fall Color Guy,” this year’s trees are particularly lush and leafy. September is the most crucial month for determining the timing and, to some extent, the quality of our fall color display.
The following leaf factors shared by Dr. Neufeld:
Precipitation Predictions: September is forecast to have above-normal precipitation. Southern Appalachia is expected to experience below-normal precipitation during October, which should bode well for the region’s fall color display.
Peak Display Days: Colors begin to turn in Asheville around October 20 -31 in a typical year, with leaves on the Blue Ridge Parkway and Mount Mitchell turning first and then working their way down each week. Elevations above 4,500′ may begin to turn as early as late September and last through the end of November.
Warm Weather Extension: It is possible that colors will be delayed a few days to a week this fall, as temperatures are expected to be warmer. This may cause the fall season to be slightly stretched and colors to start later in September and last longer into November, depending on how much above normal the temperatures reach.
What is new in Asheville in Fall 2022?
There are lots of new things to discover in Asheville when you visit during the fall season.
More restaurants and breweries are opening.
- Neng Jr’s, Asheville’s first Filipino restaurant run by non-binary chef Silver Iocovozzi, is one of the recently opened eateries to keep an eye on. During the day, Gemelli is an Italian coffee shop that serves Sicilian pizzas, antipasti, and more, while at night, it turns into a wine bar, complementing it with Sicilian pizzas, antipasti, and more. Dilbar is an Indian street food restaurant and sister establishment of Mehfil.
- The Guajiro Cuban comfort food joint, located outside of Asheville Cotton Mill Studios, will bring the same dishes your grandma made to life.
- Restaurants Cultura and Ole Shakey’s dive bar are among the local favorites set to reopen this fall. Cultura will reopen its doors on September 29 in the South Slope, offering a range of dining options on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
- Stop by the newest food truck in Asheville, Tahini Jar, for plant-based Middle Eastern cuisine. Their cuisine is perfect for any foodie seeking a novel experience.
- Downtown Asheville is the perfect place to hunt down Mary’s Mountain Cookies, which serves enormous cookies, brownies, and ice cream sandwiches in addition to a range of other treats. Visitors seeking for a unique sweet can enjoy a day in Asheville’s colorful autumn scenery.
- Whether you’re in the city for a short time or a long time, take a drive to Black Mountain, a picturesque small city with a vibrant arts scene and innovative food offerings. While you’re there, don’t miss Foothills Grange, the latest creation from Foothills Meats, which marks its 20th anniversary as a local butcher. Its spacious outdoor areas include picnic tables, a large deck, a children’s play area, and a permanent food truck.
- Later in the season, Top Chef star and James Beard finalist Ashleigh Shanti will open Good Hot Fish, a fish camp-style restaurant based on her popular pop-up of the same name.
- The opening of 7 Clans Brewing in Asheville is a welcome addition to the ever-growing beer scene. This indigenous, female-owned company has just opened in South Asheville, near Biltmore Village, in time for autumn.
Here are some suggestions for experiencing fall in Asheville
Check your elevation. Elevations in Western North Carolina range from 1,500 to 6,684 feet at Mount Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi River. As the color change progresses from the peaks to the base of the mountains, a five- or six-week fall color show is produced. If you miss the fall color at one elevation, check the next lowest one!
Go green. Consider adding a bit of green to your Blue Ridge Mountain patchwork preservation efforts by staying eco-friendly during your fall trip to Asheville.
Access Fall Color Reports. Make sure to sign up for Asheville’s weekly fall color report to get the latest from the mountains, as well as inside info from Asheville’s Fall Color Hunters team.
References and photos: Asheville’s 2022 Fall Color Forecast, What’s new + Travel Tips
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