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Fall Leaf Report For The Week Of Oct. 2, 2017


October 5, 2017

Ray Adams

Autumn at Graveyard Fields taken this week.

Note: This week's fall leaf report is brought to you by The Sunset Motel and Rockin' Bowl of Brevard.

Experts are predicting that this year's fall colors could be the most beautiful and eye popping in decades. With above average temperatures this year and a fairly dry summer, the combination is a perfect recipe for brighter fall colors in the mountains.

The peak season in the higher elevations will be in early October, while the colors are expected to really be vibrant in Transylvania County by the end of the month.

Appalachian State University's Biology Department has produced a fall color map that may be seen at

Howard Neufeld, an Appalachian State biology professor, helped create the map and produces a weekly fall color report. In a recent report, Neufeld noted that currently along the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Virginia creeper and its deep burgundy red is standing out, while red and sugar maples are also beginning to turn. Sourwoods, Neufeld said, are beginning to peak in the high country and foothills. Birches are really coloring a sunny yellow, and tulip poplars are starting too. Ash trees often turn a deep purple color and are now showing up along the Parkway, he said.

Fall Calendar of Events:

•Brevard Farmers' Market at Oskar Blues Brewery, 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 3. Call (828) 883-2337.

•Rosman Heritage Day from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Oct. 7 at the Town Hall, featuring music, games, food and local history exhibits.

•SAFE's 9th Annual Llama Rama Golf Tournament on Oct. 7 at Sherwood Forest in Cedar Mountain. Call (8282) 885-7233 or go to

•Forest Festival Day & John G. Palmer Intercollegiate Woodsmen's Meet, 9-5 p.m. on Oct. 7 at the Cradle of Forestry. Call (828) 877-3130 or go to

•Transylvania County Handcafters Guild Fall Show on Fri, Oct 13 at Brevard College. Join artists from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. From You will have the opportunity to talk with the artist and craftpeople. Call (828) 862-8122.


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