Fall Foliage Reports

Fall has officially arrived, and soon we will be fascinated with the beautiful colors that the season brings.  Keep a

 LIVE LOOK on the fall foliage from the Upstate with our Table Rock webcam, and check out our fall foliage reports posted each Wednesday.

November 12, 2014

We are at the end of the fall foliage scene wrapping up for another season. As we brace for the chill this weekend being delivered by a powerful cold front, the lower mountains are dressed mostly in a variety of browns, soft yellows, and russet with a sprinkling of evergreens in the mix. Leaves are falling rapidly and in another week things will be looking very much more like winter than fall.

November 5, 2014

Winter tried to sweep in with November and leaves took a beating from some snow and very strong winds. Fall has returned since then but the season marches on. The brightest colors are fading up high but lower elevations still hold a fair amount of green. As the oaks continue to change, we should have our second foliage “peak” made up of russet, browns, tan, and darker reds that we can enjoy before the forest gives in to the colder, dormant months. Get out and enjoy a generous helping of beauty that this last phase of autumn provides.

October 29, 2014

As October comes to an end, the color scene is advancing at a steady pace.  The mountains in North Carolina have already hit peak and the peak in our mountains should be in place by this weekend.  The best overall viewing will be from now into the first week of November.  The highest ridges may start to show some barren limbs soon while some trees at lower elevations still retain a little green.   Many hickories are beaming their golden yellow and more of the maples and oaks are starting to turn as well.   Whether getting out for a drive or a hike, autumn’s array can’t be more enjoyable than at this time of the season.

October 22, 2014

During the last week the overnight lows have finally dropped into the 40’s consistently, and fall color has started to spread downward from the higher ridges. As the days go by, the attractive hues will be draining down the slopes and into the lower valleys. Mild, sunny days are on tap from now into the first of next week so weather should be nice for viewers. The peak for foliage will likely not be here this coming weekend, but it should arrive rapidly once the oaks begin to change. They will join the other hardwoods that are already showing good color.

October 15, 2014

In the last seven days, a wetter and warmer serving of weather has been on our plate. These conditions are not that typical for October, nor ideal for enhancing foliage change. However, even though a broad view of the landscape is still lacking

 colors other than green, a closer look at individual trees indicates progress. Reds and yellows are standing out more and although the wind and rain of this last weather system is stripping numerous leaves, we’ll move forward and anticipate a peak of color we can enjoy by the end of the month.

October 8, 2014

Despite the cold-front that swept through last weekend and pushed low temperatures into the 30’s and 40’s for a couple nights, there has not been a major visible color progression in the leaves. Overnight lows have since rebounded and are to remain in the 50’s and 60’s over the next eight to 10 days. The current tree species displaying their deeper reds should continue to do so as if waiting for the larger hardwoods to catch up. Subtle changes can be noticed but the peak is likely another two to three weeks away if weather cooperates.

October 1, 2014

Here we go again!  October has arrived and we now enter a generous stretch of weeks in which we anticipate lower humidity, comfortable temperatures, and colorful foliage. The air is already feeling better, but we will have to wait a little longer for the fall colors to get in gear. 
The progression of lessening daylight hours and cooler overnight lows will bring on the autumn array we look forward to. The green of late summer will dominate the scene for at least another week or two; however, hints are evident of what is to come. Tulip poplars are showing more yellow and sourwoods, sweetgums, and dogwoods are turning their typical deep reds as they kick off this bountiful season for the senses.

We'd like to invite you to visit our 
State Parks Facebook Page and post your best photos of fall foliage across our parks.

Check out some of the best state parks to view fall color:

Caesars Head State Park
Chester State Park
Devils Fork State Park
Jones Gap State Park
Keowee-Toxaway State Park
Kings Mountain State Park
Musgrove Mill State Historic Site
Oconee State Park
Oconee Station State Historic Site
Paris Mountain State Park
Poinsett State Park
Table Rock State Park

Read more about color change and autumn here.