It won’t be long before leaves start to change their colors, and many are starting to plan ahead for Fall foliage drives in the Carolina mountains.
Clemson University’s Forest Ecologist Dr. Don Hagan had a few predictions.
He says due to the moist and warm summer, the leaf season is on track to be a few days later than usual and that these next few weeks will determine how vivid the color will be.
“That cool weather in combination with clear skies is what brings out bright colors, so if can get a couple of those mild cold fronts, that’s going to bring out the coloring,” Hagan says.
If weather conditions are ideal, he predicts we’ll see leaves at their peak during the first two weeks of October in high elevations above 5,000 feet, like Grandfather Mountain or Devil’s Courthouse.
Mid October should be a good time to drive through the lower end of the Blue Ridge Parkway, and places like Hendersonville and Saluda should see leaves at their peak around mid or late October.
In regards to fall foliage drives, we recommend taking a loop in mid to late October, up Highway 276 through Travelers Rest, past Table Rock on Highway 11, then to Rosman, Brevard, Hendersonville or Saluda, and back to Greenville.
Usually, we start to see fall color in Spartanburg and Greenville by early November.