When I was about ten years old, my friend, her mom and grandma took a roadtrip to see the fall leaves in Amish country. The ladies in her family did this every year and I felt so special getting to be part of it. We set out one chilly morning, the car loaded with snacks and drove south into the hilly country decorated in the bright colors of fall. That day the leaves were bright — peak season and bright sunshine with my best friend. Who could ask for more?
Leaves here in the southeast are just beginning to turn. River birch are turning yellow and the maples show a hint of red. Peak fall leaves season is coming! Plan a weekend trip to the mountains or day trip to your nearest state park to enjoy the special beauty of this season. Perhaps the best color is found along the Blue Ridge Parkway through the Smoky Mountains. Rent a cabin and enjoy the vibrant display up close and snuggle by the fireplace at night.
Fall Leaves in South Carolina
The peak period to enjoy fall leaves in South Carolina’s Upcountry, the northwest corner of the state, is between the second and fourth weeks of October. Stay at a family friendly hotel in Greenville and enjoy everything the Upcountry has to offer. Head east and/or south into the rest of the state and enjoy the fabulous display through early November. Visit DiscoverSouthCarolina to learn more.
Can’t make it south? Check out South Carolina’s awesome webcam at Table Rock to see the fall display right there on your computer screen!
Fall Leaves in North Carolina
Thanks to the Appalachian State University Department of Biology, finding peak fall leaves in our North Carolina mountains is quite easy! To make a weekend of it, consider a weekend trip to Asheville.
Fall Leaves in Virginia
In Charlottesville, fall leaves display brilliant color from mid-October to mid-November, earlier at higher elevations. To make a weekend getaway of it, consider staying at Keswick Hall, a boutique hotel at Monticello that offers hiking trails, archery, spa and golf activities. For discounts, check here. The Clifton Inn, located in the same area, offers luxurious accommodations in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Check TripAdvisor for more traditional hotel options in this area.
Whether taking a day trip drive into the country or escaping for a weekend, enjoying the vibrant display of fall leaves is sure to create memories to last a lifetime.
What’s your favorite place to experience the autumn’s grand display? Let us know! You can share your photo with us, too. Just add it to our Facebook page and tag it #fallleaves (that’s three L’s). I can’t wait to see your photos!