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    Excerpted from an email from the Asheville Chamber of Commerce tourism office.

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    Fall Color in the Asheville Area

    The best part about fall color in the Asheville area is the range of elevation in close proximity. Fall color begins at the highest elevations, then gradually works its way down the mountains into the lower valleys. At 6684 feet above sea level, Mount Mitchell is the highest peak east of the Mississippi River and the leaves at its summit are at peak color. Right now you'll find beautiful fall foliage at areas above 6000'.

    Down here in the city of Asheville (elevation 2134') most of the leaves are still green, but many trees are just starting to turn. Although peak color in town is still a few weeks away, fall color can easily be found with a short drive to nearby mountains such as Mount Pisgah or Craggy Gardens. By early November we anticipate peak color will have shifted down to Lake Lure and the Chimney Rock area.

    Bookmark for weekly reports on where to find the best fall color. Follow @FallColorHunter on Twitter for the most up-to-date information about fall color in the mountains of Western North Carolina.