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Leaf Season has arrived in Western North Carolina



9/22/2009 - Leaf Season has arrived in Western North Carolina
by Romantic Asheville

Forecasters say fall foliage in the mountains may not be quite as spectacular this year because of abundant rainfall. But leaf peepers in Western North Carolina will still find plenty of blazing orange, red and yellow vistas in the weeks to come. Heres a condensed guide on what to expect.

Depends on the tree

The peak color change time in WNC traditionally is in the middle of October, although the sourwood and tulip poplar trees change earlier, in late September to early October, with deep red and yellow leaves, respectively. Next come the deep purple color of Bradford pears and red of dogwoods.

Mid-October brings the red, yellow and orange of maples, and the yellow of birches and cherries, followed in late-October by the yellow and red of oaks and sweetgums, yellow of hickories and bronze of beeches, and a variety of other color shades in the vines, shrubs and smaller trees beneath the forest canopy

When and where to look

October 3-14: Highest elevations north of Asheville above 5,000 feet show the most color, especially in the Mount Mitchell, Craggy Gardens and Grandfather Mountain areas. See the former Land of Oz Theme Park on Oct 3-4.

October 11-21: Color will increase in elevations greater than 4,000 feet, including the Mount Pisgah, Black Balsam, Devil's Courthouse, Waterrock Knob and Graveyard Fields, southwest of Asheville on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It will also be peak color in the Highlands area, with plenty of waterfalls to enjoy, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

October 18-27: Many of the surrounding mountains around Asheville show plenty of color, especially in the 3,000-4,000 foot elevation range. Take the Parkway north or south from Asheville. A great hike would be Looking Glass Rock or Cradle of Forestry.

October 24-November 3: The city of Asheville (2,000 foot elevation) shows the brightest colors this week, along with areas around Hendersonville and Brevard. This would be the perfect week for a waterfall hike in Dupont State Forest or leisurely walk at the NC Arboretum. This is also the peak leaf color for Biltmore Estate.

October 27-November 7: The color show will conclude in the Chimney Rock area (elevation of 1,300 feet). Ride to the top of Chimney Rock or take a boat tour on Lake Lure.

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cenic trips to see waterfalls, foliage in Western N.C.



9/2/2009 - Scenic trips to see waterfalls, foliage in Western N.C.
by The Canadian Press

ASHEVILLE, N.C. Some of the prettiest places to see fall foliage in Western North Carolina also offer scenic views of waterfalls.

The Blue Ridge Parkway will take you to U.S. 276, where you'll find Looking Glass Falls and Sliding Rock. The water in the natural 18-metre waterslide at Sliding Rock is still warm enough to try in early fall.

For hikers, a five-kilometre trail in DuPont State Forest will take in three waterfalls: Hooker, Triple and the 46-metre High Falls.

At Graveyard Fields, Blue Ridge Parkway milepost 418.8, the Yellowstone Prong loop trail leads to two waterfalls, with spectacular fall colour. Second Falls is just half a kilometre from the parking area.

In the Nantahala National Forest, adjacent to Gorges State Park, you'll find the 46-metre-high Rainbow Falls, with views of the falls from the front, bottom, side, and top. It's one of four waterfalls on a three-kilometre stretch of the river. Access includes a a new hiking trail from Gorges State Park.

Just 13 kilometres from Gorges State Park is Whitewater Falls, in the Jocassee Gorge area just before the South Carolina state line. For an excellent view of the falls, follow the paved almost half-kilometre walkway to the upper overlook.

Linville Falls, at Blue Ridge Parkway milepost 316.3, can be seen from four overlooks on the Erwins View Trail, 2.6 kilometres round-trip.

Crabtree Falls, at Blue Ridge Parkway milepost 339.5, near Linville Falls, is accessed by a four-kilometre loop hiking trail through an old-growth forest.

Hickory Nut Falls, a 122-metre waterfall in Chimney Rock State Park, can be reached from a 1.2-kilometre walk through hardwood forests of oak, hickory, maple and basswood.

One of the region's least-visited waterfalls is Glen Falls, in Highlands, a 2.4-kilometre round-trip walk through the Nantahala National Forest.

For details on these waterfalls and other activities, lodging and dining in Western North Carolina's Blue Ridge area, visit

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sheville NC Real Estate - Biltmore House Helping Asheville Housing Market?



9/2/2009 - Asheville NC Real Estate - Biltmore House Helping Asheville Housing Market?
by SubPrime Blogger

Asheville NC real estate has seen strength through the housing pullback that is going on in much of the country. Many people attribute this to the Biltmore House being close by and the fact that North Carolina as a whole has remained a very strong housing market. The cities of Raleigh and Charlotte have also seen very small declines in real estate when compared to other major cities throughout the country.

If you have been thinking about moving to Asheville, NC or investing in real estate in this area you are in for a treat. Most Americans do not realize how amazing this small city in North Carolina is. Nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains, this city offers plenty of entertainment but can also provide plenty of outdoors activities. The outdoor activities include mountain biking, hiking, fly fishing, rock climbing and white water rafting just to name a few.

The real estate in this area has remained relatively cheap because of the fact that the city is not well known throughout the country. Some investors have made a ton of money in this area of the last decade because this is the case. Several white water rafting rivers are scattered throughout this area and this is becoming a huge tourist attraction during the recession. It is often a cheap vacation that can take up several hours of your time with exciting outdoor fun.

With outdoors sports gaining in popularity, the city of Asheville, North Carolina is gaining in popularity too. To top things off, the Biltmore House has brought many tourists to the area because it is the biggest single family household still remaining in America. The Biltmore House is quite amazing to see and I would suggest anyone who has not been there to make the trip to Asheville, NC and check it out.

There are several reasons that real estate is popular in Asheville, NC but one of the most important reasons is that it is a great city with great people. When you visit Asheville you will know exactly what I am talking about. There is very little traffic and most of the locals are extremely friendly and will give you all the tips on enjoying the area.

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