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2015 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.

Mid-September, 2015
Fall wildflowers are starting to bloom in the Park! We’re seeing a variety of asters beginning to open, as well as Horse Balm, Snakeroot, Turtlehead, Goldenrod and Foamflower. The Hickory Nut Falls trail currently has the most variety of these beauties, but you can also spot them on the Four Seasons trail and the Exclamation Point trail.

Week of October 12, 2015

Fall color has made its way to the Hickory Nut Gorge and Chimney Rock State Park. Fall wildflowers can still be seen in abundance throughout the Park. Goldenrods are making a show at our highest elevations, and snakeroot is prolific along our trails. You can also catch asters and foamflowers throughout the Park, including the Hickory Nut Falls trail.

The highest peaks of the Gorge are seeing the most dramatic changes and color is beginning to creep down into the valley. We’re seeing reds in the understory of our sourwoods and dogwoods and yellows in our poplars. The woodland trails are the best place to see the understory, while the Skyline and Outcroppings trails offer a great place for sweeping views of our first fall color. The golds of our Hickory trees are just beginning to show; expect the cool nights and warm days predicted this week to speed things up and bring us a spectacular show next week!

Week of October 19, 2015

Fall color is still arriving in Chimney Rock! The view is beginning to be filled with bright reds and vibrant yellows on peaks circling the Park. Our trails are a great way to experience the understory colors in the sourwoods and silverbells. Within the next week, we expect to see more of the golden yellows from hickories and the reds of our towering red oaks popping up. The last of our fall wildflowers are also still putting on a show along many of our trails.

Week of October 26, 2015

Fall color has flooded Hickory Nut Gorge over the last week. The Park is full of bursting reds and glowing yellows. Our famous hickory trees have filled the landscape with their golden hues, and our red oaks are complementing them perfectly. The view from the top of Chimney Rock over Lake Lure offers colors for as far as you can see, but don’t forget to check out our trails for up-close encounters of the seasonal changes.

Week of November 2, 2015

Fall color in Hickory Nut Gorge is at peak now, with a landscape full of yellow, red and orange hues. Walking any of our lower trails such as the Four Seasons, Hickory Nut Falls or Great Woodland Adventure offers the opportunity to see vibrant red sourwoods and maples hiding among the towering golden hickories, yellow poplars and red oaks. Experience color as far as the eye can see from our Outcroppings and Exclamation Point trails. The next week or two will be the best time to experience this year's seasonal beauty at Chimney Rock.

Week of November 9, 2015

Fall color in Hickory Nut Gorge is at peak now, with a landscape full of yellow, red and orange hues. Walking any of our lower trails such as the Four Seasons, Hickory Nut Falls or Great Woodland Adventure offers the opportunity to see vibrant red sourwoods and maples hiding among the towering golden hickories, yellow poplars and red oaks. Experience color as far as the eye can see from our Outcroppings and Exclamation Point trails. The next week or two will be the best time to experience this year's seasonal beauty at Chimney Rock.

Chimney Rock State Park in Mid November

Photo courtesy of Jason Tarr- Week of November 9, 2015

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