Here we are heading into the last week of September and the forecast is already calling for day time temperatures only in the mid 70's with some nights dropping down to the 40's. The temperature isn't the only thing that is changing these days, though. In higher elevations, certain trees have already started changing colors, creating splashes of reds and yellows on the mountain side signaling the start of the "leaf looker" season.
In the highest elevations, 4,500 ft and up, green is still the predominant color, but the Sugar Maples and Sourwoods have started to show their colors as have the flowering Dogwoods. Even in our own neighborhood, where the elevation is about 3,500 ft the leaves on the Birch Trees have already started turning yellow.
In the Brevard area, you can expect to see spots of color this time of year but the real show starts towards the middle to end of October and will continue until Thanksgiving. In fact, some experts are predicting that the long dry spell we experienced this spring will result in a spectacular season for color this fall.
If you're planning a trip to the Brevard area to do some "leaf looking" here are a few areas for hiking you should include in your schedule.
Mount Pisgah/Graveyard Fields
Take the Blue Ridge Parkway south from Asheville toward Mount Pisgah, where you will find picnic areas, hiking trails and a restaurant. Mount Pisgah was originally part of the 100,000-acre Biltmore Estate bought in the late 1800s by George W. Vanderbilt. Continue on the Parkway to Graveyard Fields (milepost 418) where you can take moderate 2.29 mile hike. Yellowstone Falls can also be seen from an overlook on the Parkway. Return to Asheville on the Parkway heading north. (One way driving time: 45 minutes.)
Crabtree Falls Loop Trail Located at mile post 339.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, this 2-mile loop hike takes you to beautiful Crabtree Falls and through growths for birch and hemlock. This area gets its name from the numerous crab apple trees that can be found. Access is at the Crabtree Meadows camping area, which offers picnicking facilities and a restaurant.
For an early fall drive, you'll want to head up to Grandfather Mountain. From Asheville, take I-40 East to exit 100 (Morganton). Take NC 181 North straight to the park. Or visit Cold Mountain, made famous in the novel and the movie of the same name. Just head north on Hwy 276 into Pisgah National Forest. Of course "Americas Favorite Drive" is the legendary Blue Ridge Parkway. Sometimes, we just like to load up the dog and a picnic lunch and drive the Parkway until we find "just the right spot" to sit and enjoy the spectacular scenery.
So get the calendar out and make sure you head to the Brevard area this fall. There's plenty to see and lots to do while you're here.
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