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Here Comes Fall!

Fall is one of the most spectacular times of the year in Highlands.

The air is crisp, the leaf color is great and everyone is in a great mood.

Whiteside Mountain in the Fall
One of the most beautiful times of the year to visit or live in Highlands is the fall. The air and the atmosphere is clear and crisp, the smell of the fireplace, and the leaves!

Usually our leaves peak right around October 15 but that can extend until the first week or so in November. The largest factor influencing the timing of the leaves is a cold spell we usually get in September. This gets the juices flowing in the trees and can speed up or delay the actually peek depending on when it happens.

The weather “authorities” have many ideas about what will make a good color season, and most of them are well placed in science, but rarely pan out. For instance, numerous people will say that a wet summer and fall will produce good color while others will say that less rain produces better color and more rain rots the leaves. I have seen great leaf color in both scenarios and horribly drab color in both. I guess it is up to a higher power than the prognosticators.

No matter what the weather, there will always be great spots that are breathtaking even in the worst of years. So, don’t miss the opportunity to visit Highlands at one of it’s most glorious times - it is right around the corner.

Western Carolina University's Kathy Mathews has her take on this years foliage forecast. Read it
Here - and let's see if she is right!