PHOTOS: Fall leaves in the North Carolina mountains

Monday, October 26, 2015
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Hawksbill Mountain Trail, Linville Gorge Wilderness area, Pisgah National Forest
Ian Slack

LINVILLE, NC (WTVD) -- If you can get away to the North Carolina mountains, this is the best time to see the fall leaves changing color. Mother Nature is putting on quite the fireworks display.

The first frosts of the season sped up the coloring process in the mid-range elevations, including Asheville and Hendersonville. Areas between 2500 and 3500 feet are seeing peak color now, with 3000 feet being the best place for viewing.

According to Fall Color Guy, Howie Neufeld, "Colors are past peak above 3,500 feet and way past peak above 4,000 feet." However you can still visit these higher elevations to see color sweeping across lower levels of the mountains from area summits.

We will likely see colors really pop around the Triangle around the first week of November.