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Best Spots For Fall Foliage In Appalachia

by Holly Godbey

Oct 13, 2015

Blue Ridge Parkway, Moses H. Cone Park, North Carolina © Jon Bilous | Dreamstime

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The best fall foliage in the Appalachian Mountains Appalachia is usually in full swing from late September until late October. This mountain range stretches over a large amount of the eastern section of the country, from Maine down to Alabama and over into Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio, before coming back again almost all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. Most will agree, though, the Blue Ridge region is the best for fall foliage. This is still a sizable chunk of area, with sections extending through Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland.


Mount Mitchell in North Carolina is the highest peak in the region, so you’ll definitely want to get there if you can. The observation deck at 6,684 feet is breathtaking. Just a 30-minute drive from Asheville, this stop is an easy detour if you’re already in the area.


Smoky Mountains © Benkrut | Dreamstime 27987446

Smoky Mountains © Benkrut | Dreamstime


The Great Smoky Mountains which cross from Tennessee into North Carolina are encompassed by the Blue Ridge region as well. Clingman’s Dome is the highest point at 6,643 feet. The trail to the peak is half a mile and steep, but you’ll be rewarded by the great view from within the observation tower at the peak.


McAfee Knob in Virginia is highly popular and a favorite for both casual travelers and dedicated hikers. A short distance from Roanoke, this view is one you’ll have to work for. The trail, which is almost always full, is more than four miles long and an ascent of almost 2,000 feet.



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