Mount Mitchell Fall Colors,
Highest Mountain in the East
Mount Mitchell fall foliage season is a great time to visit, when a crisp clear autumn day provides long range views of fall colors.
A clear Mount Mitchell fall day is amazing. The fall foliage scenic views from the raised observation deck at the top of the highest mountain in the east are incredible, with deep red, sharp orange and vibrant yellow fall foliage blanketing the slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Mount Mitchell autumn colors offer the varied hues of North Carolina fall foliage punctuated with dark green conifer forest and framed by blue sky. The rolling ridges of the Blue Ridge Mountains, wooded gorges ablaze with fall color and fertile river valleys extend in every direction.
Welcome to the top of the world - at 6,684 feet Mount Mitchell is the highest mountain peak in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and in all of the eastern United States. More than a mile-high, Mount Mitchell is frequently shrouded in mist. On misty autumn days the close-in fall colors on Mount Mitchell are exceptionally vibrant, creating magical portraits of rock and fall foliage that can be found along the parks many hiking trails.
Mount Mitchell is located about 30 miles from Asheville or Burnsville, and can also be reached by taking NC 128 off of the Blue Ridge Parkway at mile post 355.3. Mount Mitchell State Park is an extraordinary 1,946-acre wilderness with miles of hiking trails, some short and easy while others are long and strenuous. The observation deck at the summit is reached by a short 980-ft walk through conifer forest from the parking lot. Take a warm jacket as it is often windy at the summit. The seasonal restaurant is open from late-May through October, and is another place to enjoy Mount Mitchell fall colors.
Pack a picnic lunch and drive to Max Patch in fall. Follow curving two-lane country roads through rural countryside, small mountain towns and forest ablaze with autumn colors on this favorite Asheville fall foliage tour.
Enjoying fall colors at Moses Cone Memorial Park is as easy as sitting in a rocking chair on the broad porch of the Flat Top Manor on a warm autumn day.
Viewing fall colors at Grandfather Mountain from the middle of the mile high swinging bridge is an autumn experience to remember for a lifetime.
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