Fall Foliage Reports

Fall has officially arrived, and soon we will be fascinated with the beautiful colors that the season brings.   Keep a live look on the fall foliage from the Upstate with our Table Rock webcam, and don't miss our fall foliage reports posted each Wednesday.

Also, check out
this story on fall foliage viewing in our state parks and visit our State Parks Facebook Page and post your best photos of fall foliage across our parks.

Fall Foliage Update: November 9, 2016

This has been an unusual autumn with a severe drought in place, above normal temperatures and a delayed foliage peak. Currently the landscape reveals a mix of dull, late colors, some isolated bright trees, with the rest of the forest still displaying a fair amount of green in the canopy leaves.  Visiting the mountains should offer various phases of color for at least another couple weeks as the season starts to fade into winter. 

Fall Foliage Update:  November 2, 2016

Despite the warmer than normal autumn, daylight hours keep getting shorter and the forest foliage has been gradually changing color. The highest elevations have peaked and the first weekend in November should provide good viewing. As the lower elevations catch up, more colors should be in place through the second week of the month.

Fall Foliage Update:  October 26, 2016

With less than a week remaining in October, it seems the color peak may be in early November unless there is a rapid acceleration of change.  More hickories and maples are beginning to join the understory trees with new color but shades of green are still the majority.  Due to the drought over the last several months and milder low temperatures, leaves may not be as bright this year and fall foliage may fade quicker once the peak is reached.  Regardless of the color intensity, nature will pull no trick as the next couple weeks will be a treat to our eyes.

Fall Foliage Update:  October 19, 2016

Despite the recent days of mild weather with no low temperatures below 50 degrees, the color scene is advancing. 

 Shorelines and roadsides are becoming quite attractive where understory trees are not hidden by towering oaks and hickories, which are yet green.  Higher peaks are showing more hints of what is soon to spread down the hillsides.  By the weekend overnight temperatures in the low 40’s may provide the needed push to bring on a faster pace of color change.

Fall Foliage Update:  October 12, 2016

In the last week, a few more hints of color are in the mix when viewing forest sections from a distance.  Closer views along lakeshores and other forest edges reveal the pace is about to pick up as we look forward to the peak of color.  Green leaves are getting paler as red and yellow leaves are becoming more numerous and darker.  An increase in obvious changes should be noted over the next week if the current string of mild, sunny days and crisper nights continue.

Fall Foliage Update: October 5, 2016

With October underway, the change in foliage will gradually pick up the pace over the next few weeks.  As usual,

 the beginning has been gradual and subtle.  By now the sourwoods, dogwoods, and some sweet gums have started the

 show by displaying a variety of deep reds.  With the drought of summer, certain trees that are stressed have already had some leaves turning and falling.  Hints of yellows are scattered among the forest, especially on the tulip poplars, and will be increasing as the days go by.  With plenty of green leaves still in place, the peak will likely arrive during the last week of the month.

Here's a list of some of the best state parks to view fall color:

Caesars Head State Park
Chester State Park
Devils Fork State Park
Jones Gap State Park
Keowee-Toxaway State Park
Kings Mountain State Park
Musgrove Mill State Historic Site
Oconee State Park
Oconee Station State Historic Site
Paris Mountain State Park
Poinsett State Park
Table Rock State Park

Read more about color change and autumn here.