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Travis Rhoads wrote:
Hey Rob, I met a friend early this morning up on the BRP at NC 215 south of Asheville for a bike ride. I got to check out the general area from Balsam Gap to Hwy 276 past Graveyard Fields. As warm as it has been I was surprised to see as much color as I did. The high ridges around Richland Balsam, the highpoint on the BRP, have some color on the steeper slopes. I would say 15% or so but it is spotty. The upper reaches of NC 215 are more advanced with some slopes near 50% as a guess. That did surprise me. I would think the next 7-10 days might produce localized peak color around 215. The color around Graveyard Fields is mainly with the scrub, underbrush and smaller trees. The larger trees are mostly still green.
The forecast is for cool nights the next few days. Down here in the valley it is predicted to be near 40 degrees in the morning. If it freezes up at the higher elevations and remains dry it should accelerate the color change. It's a big area with lots of local peaks in color so while one place may be past peak color another might still need more time. Best guess right now, I would say sometime between the 10-16 of October might be a good bet. Later for parts of the Smokies by a week. I'll be up on the BRP a couple times a week from now on so I'll post as things change.
I check this thread for your posts...I fear that my October 19-21 trip will be a week too late...and there is nothing I can do about it...
No, I think there will be plenty of color left. The highest elevations will be gone, but mid levels where most of the maples are should still be good. The 19-21 might be peak in the Smokies, we'll have to wait to see! Things are quite green for the most part right now.