ASHEVILLE NC – Peak fall colors are on the horizon in Chimney Rock and Lake Lure. Leaf peepers aiming their sights on the best color should plan a visit to see the area’s higher elevations over the next week. Lower elevations are expected to reach peak during the first week of November and could last into the second week if weather conditions are ideal. Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park offers 75-mile views overlooking Lake Lure, five scenic hiking trails with vistas like Exclamation Point and the Opera Box, rocking climbing and an annual fall photography workshop. Park admission is only $15 adult, $7 youth (ages 6-15) and free for kids under six. Weekly fall color and wildflower reports are available to help you plan your visit at chimneyrockpark.com.
Fall Color Report, 10-24-2012:
The higher elevations of Chimney Rock and Lake Lure have exploded with vibrant leaf colors, displaying remarkable color around the Chimney level. Hiking the Skyline trail from the Chimney to Exclamation Point is quite spectacular! Golden yellows have appeared in the buckeyes, birch, beech and walnut trees. The hickories are also starting to turn yellow. Sourwoods and some dogwoods are still bright red, and the maples are adding red to the mountains.
Some fall wildflowers, such as goldenrod and asters, continue to dot the Park’s colorful landscape. The remaining areas of green in lower elevations should benefit from an ideal 10-day forecast of sunny days and cool nights, causing a beautiful transformation of autumn colors to spread down the mountainsides. Leaf peepers visiting Chimney Rock over the next week will be rewarded with peak color at the higher elevations, with lower elevations reaching peak around the first week of November.