2014 Fall Color at Chimney Rock
The Blue Ridge Mountains feature one of most vibrant and longest fall color displays in America, attracting visitors from around the world. Chimney Rock and Lake Lure have a large variety of colorful tree species and an elevation ranging from 1,100 to 2,500 feet, and these conditions create a long window for optimal viewing. Peak colors typically arrive at the Park’s higher elevations by late October and spread down to the lower elevations through early November.
November 5, 2014 - Color Is Still Here
Thanks to our lower elevation, we still have beautiful color in Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, particularly on the lower mountainsides flanking Hickory Nut Gorge. While higher elevations in the Gorge have peaked, leaf peepers can still enjoy prolific yellows while walking the Hickory Nut Falls trail or on the three-mile drive to the Rock. The panoramic view from Chimney Rock overlooking the Gorge and Lake Lure continues to be the favorite fall viewing spot of our guests.
October 27, 2014 – Gorgeous Views
The ridges of Hickory Nut Gorge are still the stars of the show, but fall color is trickling down the mountainside. Yellows remain abundant, especially in the hickories for which our area is so famous, with the reds of maples and sourwoods adding beautiful contrast. Leaf peepers should be rewarded with spectacular views and gorgeous weather this week and weekend.
October 20, 2014 – A Beautiful Drive to Chimney Rock
The highest elevations in Hickory Nut Gorge are seeing beautiful color, making the drive from Asheville, Hendersonville or Black Mountain extra scenic! Lower in the Gorge in Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, we still have a lot of green; we may not see our peak for another week or so. The cool nights and beautiful sunny days expected for the next ten days will help bring out the colors. Right now the most colorful species in the Park are our maples, dogwoods and sourwoods with a few poplars still holding their golden leaves. The wonderful hickories that give Hickory Nut Gorge its name are beginning their annual show of golden hues that should deepen and intensify as the month progresses.
October 13, 2014 – More Color Arriving Daily
Fall color has made its way into the Hickory Nut Gorge and Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park. The highest peaks are seeing the most dramatic changes but color is beginning to creep down into the valley. Some of the most vibrant colors are the dark maroons of the dogwoods and bright reds of the sourwoods throughout the forests. The golden yellows of the tulip poplars provide contrast. No matter which road you take through the Gorge, you’re sure to see autumn beginning to make a splash.
September 29, 2014 – Fall Wildflowers in Bloom
Wildflowers are providing beautiful color along our trails this fall. A variety of asters can be found on every trail and along the roadside. We also have plenty of snakeroot, goldenrod and sunflowers adding interest. Fall color is creeping into the forests here in the Park and along the local ridges. The dogwood leaves are already turning their rich maroon, bringing color to our understory. Yellowing poplars are also beginning to pop throughout. If we continue to enjoy cool nights and sunny days, we should see more fall color developing in the Gorge over the next few weeks.
A Local Favorite
Chimney Rock was voted the “best beautiful fall foliage spot” by readers of Blue Ridge Country in the 2013 Best of the Mountains poll, along with a gold award for “best scenic photo opportunity.”
Fall Color in the Mountains
The vast diversity of species in the Blue Ridge Mountains produces a kaleidoscope of vibrant fall color. Throughout Chimney Rock and the Hickory Nut Gorge, the large variety of hickory trees display beautiful yellows and golds. Dogwoods and sourwoods brighten the understory with their deep maroons and vibrant reds, and the mountain magnolias produce a shiny chocolate brown. Filled with oak, locust, silverbell and dozens of other tree species, the Gorge is a stunning place to find autumn leaf color.