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 don't miss our fall foliage reports posted each Wednesday.
Fall Color Report, November 8, 2017
The first week of November has brought rapid change to the mountain landscape. The increase of color has been noticeable day by day. With a few days of rain mixed in, the leaves are starting to drop at a faster pace as well. The peak of our fall foliage display has arrived and is now gradually fading. However, before the trees become bare there still will be some areas of nice viewing for another week or two as the remaining leaves will be turning to more muted tones of tan, deep red, brown, and burgundy.
Fall Color Report, November 1, 2017
As we turn the calendar page to a new month, the peak of fall foliage has yet to arrive. The two nights of frost in the last week may be the spark that begins to push the leaves over the finish line. Although brilliant color is absent, close up views reveal that many hardwoods are losing their darker green except for some of the oaks. Red maples are showing more red and orange, hickories are turning a dull gold, and American beech are fading to pale yellow before they turn brown and then a light tan as they persist on the tree until spring. At Table Rock, many of the higher ridges are already bare and dark, perhaps due to the stress from the wildfire burning over the thinner soil a year ago. The next couple of weekends may be the best we will see as the color will probably come and go rather rapidly, especially if cold temperatures, wind, and rain are part of the scenario.
Fall Color Report, October 25, 2017
Finally it feels like fall and it is finally beginning to look like fall across the Upstate. The oaks and hickory trees have begun to change colors. Some of the hickories are displaying some brighter yellows but the oaks, while changing, are still more green. The tops of ridges are changing but the colors are still not vibrant. Expect the middle to the end of next week to be some of the best displays of color.
Fall Color Report, October 18, 2017
The unseasonably warm temperatures of the past two weeks seems to have slowed or even confused the color change. While the deep greens of summer are gone and individual trees are showing some marked color change the forest still looks very green overall. The warm weather has even caused some spring flowering azaleas to bloom again in the area. Hopefully the cooler weather forecasted for this week will correct natures clock and begin to brighten up and accelerate the color change.
Fall Color Report, October 15, 2017
The fall color change slowly progresses. The forest continues to yellow with spots of red winking throughout the canopy. The warmer temperatures and the wind and rain from recent storms is causing some leaf drop and browning of leaves on the trees. The sweet gum leaves are really beginning to turn; their reds and yellows becoming quite visible. The tulip poplars are also changing with about a third of their on tree leaves turning yellow. The poplars are one of the trees showing some signs of early leaf drop from the recent winds and rains. All of the colors are still muted even at higher elevations.
Fall Color Report, October 5, 2017
Cool crisp mornings herald the beginning of fall and the autumnal color change. The entire forest has begun to change from the deep verdant hues of summer to lighter shades of green, tinged with yellow. Sourwoods and dogwoods currently display the brightest colors as their deep crimson tones begin to pop against the mellow yellow greens of the canopy. The late summer drought has stressed some trees causing leaves to wither and fall. The sugar maples and redbuds are yellowing now and will continue to change in the coming days. Peak color will probably be a progression with the mountain peaks seeing their best color the last week of October and the lower elevations along the Highway 11 corridor seeing the best color at the end of October first of November.
Best Parks for Fall Foliage Viewing
- 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.