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, 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.